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Pollo Pupusa Packets: Del Real Blogger Recipe Challenge

I am thrilled to be part of the Del Real Foods Blogger Recipe Challenge.   Bloggers  were asked to create a recipe that was either kid-friendly or an easy outdoor option with a cook time of no more then 30 minutes.  I was given my choice of four delicious Del Real products.  This was my first time working with their products.

My enormous…I mean enormous, box of goodies arrived at my doorstep, and I got right to work.  My boys helped to unpack the box and asked me what cooking contest I was working on this time.   I explained the ins and outs of the contest while they were looking over the packages.

My youngest son exclaimed, “Mom, are you cooking Mexican food for this?”

“Yes.  Why?”

“Well, you really don’t cook Mexican food very often.  Are you going to be able to do this?”, he asked.

It was a good question, and I didn’t take offense to it at all.  He was right; I rarely cook Mexican food.  I am much more comfortable with Italian food.

“Well, I’m going to give it a try.  I won’t know if I can do it unless I try, right?”

So off to work I went.

I soon came to realize that Del Real products are not your ordinary quick, ready-to-eat foods.  They are chock full of real ingredients and are seasoned to perfection!  They taste authentic because they are authentic. And for someone like me, who hasn’t mastered authentic Mexican cuisine, they are a real help.

My goal for this challenge was to create a recipe that could be pulled together with ease and had the ability to be cooked in your oven or atop a barbecue.  I knew that I wanted to make individual foil packets.  They make assembly easy, cooking a breeze, and clean up a snap.  And who doesn’t like their own little packet of goodness?

So, here is my little creation.  It is a snap to pull together and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or an outdoor gathering.  Thanks to Del Real it has all of the goodness and authentic taste of homemade.

Oh, and my son, who I sometimes believe is on his way to being a food critic, gave it a thumbs up!

If you like what you see, head on over to the Del Real Foods website and cast a vote for my recipe.  Although judges will be selecting the category winners, the People’s Choice Award will be determined by you and your votes.  I’d love any support that you can send along!


Pollo Pupusa Packets
Serves 5

Prep Time:  10 Minutes

Cook Time:  25 Minutes


  • 5 Del Real Cheese & Bell Pepper Pupusas, cut in half
  • 1 & 1/4 cups Del Real Refried Beans
  • 1 & 2/3 cup Del Real Arroz
  • 1 package Pollo Asado, shredded
  • 5 tablespoons Del Real Salsa Roja
  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 & 1/4 cups finely shredded pepper jack cheese


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cut each pupusa in half so you have a top and a bottom half. Lightly spray a foil square (10″”x10″”) with cooking spray. Place the pupusa bottom, cut side up, on the foil.

In a skillet, saute the diced onion, canola oil, oregano, and cumin for 5-6 minutes. Stir frequently. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Stir the saute into the refried beans. Spread 1/4 cup onto each pupusa. Spoon 1/3 cup of Arroz onto the top of the refried beans for each pupusa. Drizzle one tablespoon of Salsa Roja over each pupusa.

Shred the Pollo Asado. Add the juice of one large lime. Stir. Evenly distribute the Pollo Asado among the pupusas. Top each pupusa with thin slices of avocado (enough for one single layer). Top each with 1/4 cup of finely shredded pepper jack cheese. Place the top of the pupusa on (cut side down). Wrap tightly in foil.

Place the foil packets onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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