We love this Party in a Box from Del Real Foods!
Del Real Foods have been serving up fresh, flavorful and authentic Mexican meals since 2003. Their gluten, trans fat and MSG free, products are fully cooked and ready to heat and serve. They reached out to us to see if we would sample some of their foods for a possible review. We liked what we heard and knew if we liked what we tasted, that you’d want to know about it, too.
Here’s what they sent.
The large box was fairly heavy. Inside of the cardboard shipping container was a styrofoam, insulated cooler box, with enough ice packs to keep the foods refrigerator fresh for hours.
On top was this great little picnic blanket. Light weight, colorful and moisture resistant, just in case you pick a shady spot for your picnic only to discover the grass is wet – after you sit down and your pants absorb enough water to embarrass you in public.
The blanket folds up into itself and sports a carrying handle and zippered pouch. The pouch is just the right size to stash your keys and phone, maybe a wallet and sunblock. It will keep you from losing track of your valuables while you throw frisbees or crack open a piñata after your fiesta.
The blanket is just the right size for your spread. It also makes a festive tablecloth for the tables usually found in public parks, beaches and roadside rest areas.
Next we discovered this great little picnic hamper. It’s canvas on the outside, but unlike others we’ve seen, it’s insulated on the inside.
The rest of the box was filled with Del Real’s Foods ready for us to heat and eat. There was so much food in here, we immediately made a few phone calls to see who would be up for an impromptu party. With a half a dozen takers, we quickly pulled together a few additional items; a salad, a pitcher of Margaritas, some fresh cut limes, avocados ripe and ready, sour cream and some tortilla chips from the pantry.
There was more food than we could eat! We haven’t even touched the pork carnitas or chicken tinga, yet. Based on the products we did taste, we can’t wait to tuck into these!
The cheese and bell pepper pupusas were mild and cheesy. We heated them on the stove. You can use a microwave, but it doesn’t take long heat these up on the stove or in the oven, so that’s what we did. Also the aromas coming from the kitchen kept everyone focused on the good food to come. We popped some of these chicken tamales in the top of the rice cooker and set them to steam for about 10 minutes. When everything was thoroughly heated, we headed out to the table. The kids ate on the blanket in the grass, while the adults enjoyed the table and chairs under the massive Oaks.
There was something for everyone. We had a couple of Vegetarians at the table who were more than satisfied with the pupusas and tortillas with salsa and salad. The rest of the gang tasted a bit of everything. Hands down the carnivores loved the Al Pastor Taco Kit the most. The kit produces 20 small street tacos and includes, spicy, seasoned meat, tortillas and salsa. We heated the meat in a cast iron skillet on the stove and the tortillas in the oven in a clay tortilla warmer.
If you are lucky enough to be reading this before May 19th, 20115, click on any of the pictures in this article. The pictures link to a giveaway we are hosting for Del Real Foods. You could win a Party In A Box of your own! If not, don’t despair. Del Real Foods is doing free tastings at Costco stores, you can order from their website or pick up the ready to heat and eat meals at your local market. Prices vary, but the taco kit runs about $10.99 and is probably plenty to feed your family on taco Tuesday with a side salad or some veggies. Recommended!