Friday, February 25, 2011

El Monterey Mexican Style Family Entrees: Quick and Delicious Dinner Review

El Monterey, a national brand of frozen Mexican food, is manufactured by Ruiz Foods – a California-based, family-owned and operated food processing company co-founded in 1964 by Fred Ruiz and his father, Louis.  To this day, Ruiz Foods still uses ‘Grandma Rosie’s’ recipes as the basis for all their Mexican food products – burritos, taquitos, quesadillas, tamales, chimichangas, and more.

I was recently given the opportunity of tasting El Montereys most recent introductions: El Monterey Family Entrees.  There are four delicious flavors:

1. Chicken Enchiladas with Spanish Rice and Suiza Sauce
2. Cheese Enchiladas with Spanish Rice and Red Enchilada Sauce
3. Chicken Mexicana with Pasta in a White Cream Poblano Pepper Sauce
4. Spicy Beef Enchiladas with Spanish Rice and Spicy Red Enchilada Sauce

I was very excited to try their new family entrees and couldn't wait for them to arrive.  The only dilemma on delivery day... choosing which one to make for dinner!

We decided to fix the Spicy Beef Enchiladas and the Cheese Enchiladas, both with Spanish Rice.  We are a family of four and didn't think one package would be enough.  The kids had told me that they were "starving" and very hungry.  Personally, I think it's just because they knew what we were having.  They both love Mexican food and especially enchiladas.

We had the Chicken Enchiladas with Spanish Rice and Chicken Mexicana with Pasta in a White Cream Poblano Pepper Sauce on a different night.  


Frozen meals like this are perfect for those crazy and hectic days when you don't have enough time to prepare a homemade meal.  On for those days that never seem to end and you get home late.  Or maybe you forgot to take something out for dinner or simply don't feel like cooking.

You have an entire meal in one convenient box.  Main course and your side dish, it doesn't get much easier than that.  After an hour in the oven, your dinner is served.  You can also prepare them in the microwave in about 20 minutes.  Personally, we prefer the over preparation.

We have tried other El Monterey frozen foods in the past and we have always had the same opinion: Delicious!  If you didn't already know that these meals were frozen, you would think they were homemade!  The flavors are bold and satisfying.

**I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.  Results may vary.  I was not compensated in any other way for this review.    

A special thanks to El Monterey and Ruiz Foods for this delicious review opportunity!