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.
OVEN: Preheat oven to 375. Wrap burrito in foil and cook for 30 minutes, or until hot in the center.
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!
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.
STOVETOP: Place a metal or bamboo steamer basket in a pot with some water on the bottom. The water should be about 1" below the bottom of the steamer basket as you don't want the tamales sitting in the water while cooking. Add tamales to basket (stacking them is fine), cover the pot, and steam for 15–20 minutes, until tamales are soft and hot in the center.
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: Unwrap your tamales from their husk (ours are paper and 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.
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.
CASSEROLES (Enchiladas and Pies)
OVEN: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Leave cover on the metal container and cook on center rack for 30 minutes. Remove cover and cook for an additional 10–15 minutes, until center is hot.
MICROWAVE: Remove from packaging and place in a microwave safe casserole dish. Heat on high for 8–10 minutes, or until center is hot.
STEWS & CHILIS
STOVETOP: Heat in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15–20 minutes or until heated through.
MICROWAVE: Heat on high for 6–8 minutes until heated through.
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.