Back in 1957, a young entrepreneur named Jesus Cardenas journeyed from his home in Jalisco, Mexico to the farmlands of southern California. With his wife, Luz, their children, and his American dream of starting his own family farm, Jesus traded in his bucket of tools for a pig. And Del Real Foods was born.

Today, Del Real Foods makes tamales, carnitas, salsas, and other recipes inspired by the Cardenas’ native Jalisco—all created by hand with fresh ingredients and nothing artificial. Delicious, slow-cooked meats and homemade sauces that taste like you cooked them yourself are now available at your local grocery store and ready to serve in minutes.


Food and family lie at the core of everything we believe at Del Real Foods, and we invite you to apply to join and experience our company culture first hand, where we view our teams as family, with a shared appreciation for what it means to savor both food, and family.


Our success is rooted in giving employees the opportunities and tools they need to succeed, including great benefits, advancement, and positive work environments. We value our teams and are proud to offer competitive benefits to full-time team members including:

  • (9) Nine Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation
  • Complete Health & Wellness plans covering Medical, Dental & Vision
  • Matching 401K Program
  • Life Insurance Coverages starting at $25K
  • Tuition Reimbursement

View our detailed list here.



Employees are our most valuable asset. The welfare and safety of our employees is of utmost importance. Safety and production efficiency are equal importance and inseparable.


At Del Real Foods, Respect is a pillar of our existence at all levels of the company. We are less concerned about getting credit for ideas and accomplishments and are more focused on guiding the team to the company’s goals. We recognize the importance of diversity and value each employee contribution.


Honesty and strong moral principles are the foundation for our individual and corporate actions. We hold ourselves accountable for honest and ethical behavior.


Employees strive to produce excellent work resulting in high quality products and excellent workmanship. Quality is driven by our food safety and quality system, validated by the certification of Safe Quality Foods (SQF).


The quality of our meals is a direct result of the ingredients and effort put in to making it. Del Real Foods uses traditional recipes and cooking methods, the finest quality ingredients and no preservatives to get freshness in every package we produce.