Heating Instructions

Portillos Heating Instructions

Italian Beef Home Heating Instructions


Open your box. Beef should be received at 40 degrees or less.


Each box includes pre-cooked beef, bread, gravy, sweet and hot peppers and gel packs.


Heat gravy and sweet peppers separately on stove at medium temperature. Do not discard the top, light-colored layer of spices.


Bake bread in pre-heated oven for 5 minutes at 250 degrees.


Wash your hands and "fluff" the beef by separating each individual slice of beef."


Add fluffed beef to pan of hot gravy in small increments after gravy reaches 180 degrees.


Begin serving your delicious sandwiches!

Hotdog Heating Instructions

Are you ready to try Chicago's best hotdog?

A "Portillo's" Chicago style hot dog is a "natural skin on" all beef hot dog served in a steamed poppy seed bun loaded with mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, kosher pickle spear, sport peppers and Portillo's own seasoning salt.

To prepare this delicacy follow these simple steps:

  1. Put on the supplied Authentic Portillo's crew hat.
  2. Heat the hot dogs
    1. Fill a 4-quart pot with one and a half quarts of water (48 ounces).
    2. Bring the water to a boil, turn the water down until it stops boiling, or a slight simmer. (DO NOT COOK HOT DOGS IN BOILING WATER)
    3. Place desired number of hot dogs into water and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. This is one of the critical steps to get the genuine Portillo's flavor.
  3. While hot dogs are cooking prepare the condiments.
    1. Tomatoes
      1. Wash thoroughly.
      2. With a sharp or serrated knife cut tomatoes in half through the core.
      3. Cut the core out.
      4. Slice tomatoes into ¼ inch slices, approximately 6 slices per half.
    2. Onion
      1. Peel onion
      2. Chop onion coarsely, approximately ¼ inch by ¼ inch pieces.
    3. Pickles
      1. Cut pickle in half lengthwise.
      2. Cut each half into 2-3 slices lengthwise. (Remember you need 10 pieces out of 2 pickles)
  4. Steam the hot dog buns
    1. Do not steam buns until hot dogs have cooked for 20 minutes.
    2. Place package of hot dog buns into a microwave, if fewer buns are desired put them into plastic bag and loosely close bag.
    3. Heat buns on high for 2 to 2 ½ minutes. (If fewer buns are desired heat for 45-60 seconds)
    4. Be cautious when opening, escaping steam and hot dog buns will be extremely hot.
  5. Assemble the Hot dogs in Genuine Portillo's style.
    1. Carefully open steamed bun completely.
    2. Place hot dog into bun with ends curling up.
    3. Top with desired condiments in the following order; Mustard, Relish, Onion, Tomato slices, Portillo's Seasoning salt (one shake per slice), Pickle spear and Sport Peppers.

Tamales Heating Instructions

The tamales are precooked and ready to eat.

For best results:

  1. Steam frozen tamale in wrapper for 30 minutes.
  2. Boil frozen tamale in wrapper for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from wrapper and serve.
  4. Enjoy Your Tamales!