Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway! Meal Essentials from Azteca!

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 8/03/2009 04:50:00 AM | | 17 comments »

While I usually post my giveaways on Wednesdays, this week I'm posting this review/giveaway today (Monday) so one lucky winner can have dinner courtesy of Azteca Foods later this week.

While I had planned on vlogging this review (the .wmv file is sitting in my hard drive while I type this), I decided against uploading my product review video to any of the free video sharing sites because I thought it might cross the line (as spelled out in the Terms of Use for the free video sharing sites I considered) for "endorsing" or "promoting" the product. I'll have to find some other reason to vlog for y'all soon!

Onto the review!

I was asked to review one of Azteca's new Meal Essentials and I was happy to give them a try; I do love Mexican food and I love any meal that makes it to my dinner table in less than 15 minutes.

We had this, Azteca Beef Barbacoa Smothered Burritos, for dinner last night after we came home from the pool:

You can see all the Azteca products I used to make those burritos in the picture. The burritos took me (as I said above) about 15 minutes to assemble and zap in the microwave; I made only five but could easily have made another two burritos about the same size with the remaining beef and pintos.

Both Knute and I enjoyed these; we chopped some lettuce and tomatoes up to serve with them and dolloped them with sour cream. The kiddos didn't want to try them, mostly because of the green tomatillo sauce which they thought was funny-looking.

Here's a quick run-down of pros/cons on these Meal Essentials products.


-->Quick and easy to make.

-->Relatively inexpensive compared to a dinner at a Mexican restaurant.

-->Products can be frozen before using, meaning you can stash them in your freezer if you find them on sale and want to have an easy dinner or two saved for busy nights.


-->I checked the shelf price on these when I was in Kroger last week; while they are cheaper than going out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant, you'll still pay about $12-$14 for the four products above which may be more than your budget can spare for one dinner. Personally, I'd wait for them to go on sale (plus look for coupons) before purchasing them for my family.

-->My kids weren't too thrilled with the green tomatillo sauce; if I made these again, I'd make some as plain as possible to be more "kid-friendly".

Overall, I give the Azteca Meal Essentials a thumbs up; I was able to make a tasty, easy dinner for Knute and I, one that with a little thought to younger tastebuds I could make for my kiddos as well.

And....drumroll please...I'm offering (1) reader the chance to win the above (4)products as well, courtesy of Azteca (thank you so much, Azteca!).

How to enter:

Leave a comment telling us all your favorite and easiest dinner idea for getting dinner on the table in 15-20 minutes on those crazy-busy nights. Feel free to link back to the recipe idea at your blog if you have it posted. Don't have a go-to recipe for those busy nights? Tell us what your favorite Mexican food is!

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted.

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a separate comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you must leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

Good luck!

Hey there - do you have a giveaway you're hosting at your blog this week? I'll be posting my usual Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway Linkup on Wednesday ; be sure to drop your giveaway post url then!

*Disclosure: I received the (4) Azteca products pictured above free from Azteca to review for this post. Thanks, Azteca!


  1. Anonymous // August 3, 2009 5:57 AM  

    I'd love to be entered. When I need to get dinner on the table in a hurry and it's time to go shopping and the fridge is looking bare... rather than going out to eat I buy a rotisserie chicken and make sides out of what I have on hand. I've made everything from soups, to casseroles, to just chicken and potatoes. It's simple easy, super yummy and a lot less expensive than eating out for our family of 5! My email is crystaldawn(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. K. Rock // August 3, 2009 7:00 AM  

    My fave Mexican food is chimichangas or fajitas. Makes me want Mexican tonight!

  3. K. Rock // August 3, 2009 7:00 AM  

    I get your feed.

  4. Faerie Mom // August 3, 2009 8:01 AM  

    I generally keep on hand the ingredients to make a hamburger gravy and rice meal. ALl of the family loves it and it is easy to make and pretty cheap. I even make it meatless and use vegetable base for the gravy when I want to go even cheaper.

  5. Brian // August 3, 2009 9:42 AM  

    Easiest mexican put-together meal has to be the ol' taco salad standby... brown ground beef, drop in the seasoning and water, chop up some tomatoes and pull out a bag of cheese. Dump onto salad and add (if you have it) sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, etc.

  6. Brian // August 3, 2009 9:42 AM  

    I also already subscribe to your feed.

  7. Alicia // August 3, 2009 6:30 PM  

    Grilled cheese and tomato soup!
    It's quick and everybody likes it!

  8. Alicia // August 3, 2009 6:31 PM  

    I am a subscriber!

  9. Anonymous // August 3, 2009 9:19 PM  

    Please enter me

    For Mexican food night I premake enchiladas and freeze them,When time is short I take them out and reheat with cheese on top in the oven,Suppers reasdy in 15 minutes.


  10. Diana // August 4, 2009 3:39 AM  

    My favorite go-to meal is chicken burritos--I just have to chop a chicken breast and sautee it with taco seasoning then throw it on a burrito with cheese and salsa. I usually have frozen veggies to pop in the steamer so that's fast, too.
    dbombach at gmail dot com

  11. Diana // August 4, 2009 3:39 AM  

    I am also a subscriber.
    dbombach at gmail dot com

  12. Tracy // August 4, 2009 5:39 AM  

    The quickest way for me to put a quick meal together is to plan ahead and put something in the Crock POT! Love my crockpot!

  13. Tracy // August 4, 2009 5:39 AM  

    I am also a subscriber!
    Love mexican food!

  14. Tamara B. // August 4, 2009 12:36 PM  

    We like to cook on the grill alot on the weekends and we always cook alot of boneless chicken breast,ribs, pork loins, hamburgers and sausages. We divide them up into freezer bags. During the week all I have to do is prepare a salad or vegetables and rice,noodle or potatoes with the help of a microwave thawing out the meat I have dinner on the table within 20 minutes.

  15. Tamara B. // August 4, 2009 12:37 PM  

    I am a subscriber by email.

  16. Jennifer // August 4, 2009 7:44 PM  

    I usually know when it's going to be a busy day, so I put my meal in a crockpot and forget about it until 15 minutes or so before it's time to eat. A couple of great ones - meatball subs and chicken & noodles.

  17. Jennifer // August 4, 2009 7:45 PM  

    I subscribe.