Cooking Directions

Pro Tip!

These directions are for our frozen pre-prepared foods. Thawing frozen items in the refrigerator the night before you plan to eat them will cut your cooking times in half. Thawed foods should be eaten within 3 days and should not be re-frozen.

Burritos

OVEN: Preheat oven to 375. Wrap burrito in foil and cook for 30 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

MICROWAVE: Remove from packaging and heat on high for 2 1/2–3 minutes. Wrap in a wet paper towel to avoid a dry, crispy tortilla shell. 

SERVING: Eat as is, or for extra flavor top with your favorite salsa, sour cream, & fresh cilantro!

Pro Tip!

When microwaving frozen burritos, try cooking in stages. Cook on high for 1 1/2 minutes, then let the burrito sit in the microwave for 1 minute, then cook for 1 minute more. The resting time allows the heat to absorb more fully into the center of the burrito for a more even cook. 

Tamales

STOVETOP: Place a metal or bamboo steamer basket in a pot with water on the bottom (make sure water is at least 1" below the bottom of the steamer basket – you don't want the tamales sitting in the water). Once steaming, add tamales to the basket (stacking them is fine), cover the pot, and cook until tamales are soft and reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Cooking time will be somewhere between 10-15 minutes, with faster cook times if thawed or in a less crowded steamer. To avoid overcooking, test for doneness every 5 minutes.

MICROWAVE: Remove tamales from packaging and wrap in a wet paper towel. Heat on high for 2–4 minutes, until tamales are soft and hot in the center.

SERVING: Remove parchment paper husk (compostable!) and top with your favorite salsa. We like to top our tamales with grilled mixed vegetables seasoned with our custom Patty Pan grill mix.

Pro Tip!

Don’t have a steamer and don’t like microwaving? No problem! Leave the husks on and you can heat tamales on a grill, or put them on the barbecue over a low flame for a nice smoky flavor. Remove the husks and you can fry them in a pan with little oil or butter, or you can deep fry them for a wonderfully crunchy result. 
 

Easy Meal Entrees

OVEN: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove plastic covering and cover with foil. Place container on baking sheet (directly on oven rack works as well, but be careful as paper containers can shift and spill when removing them from oven) and heat for 30-40 minutes, or until food reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

MICROWAVE: Peel back plastic covering to release steam and microwave on high for five minutes or until food reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

Tortillas
Pro Tip!

STOVETOP: Heat gently in a dry frying pan (no oil needed) until soft and warm.

OVEN: Wrap in foil and warm at 300 degrees until soft and warm.
 

To prolong the life of your tortillas, toss them in the freezer. To thaw, just leave on the counter for 5–10 minutes until they separate easily, then warm as above.

Quickly heat a tortilla over an open flame for a delicious, slightly charred flavor. Bonus: it is super fun to watch them puff up in the middle.