The 150 year Ortega tradition all started with Maria Conception Jacinta Dominguez Ortega, or as we like to call her, Mama. Mama Ortega. In the 1800's Mama and her beloved family lived in a small three-room adobe, common to the Spanish settlements of the time. Inside the thick adobe walls, Mama Ortega created a loving home for her 13 children (yes, 13!) centered around the tiny kitchen. With all those kids to feed, dinner was a major feat indeed. Mama's memorable cooking did more than just bring her family together. It was in Mama's kitchen that her 11th child, Emilio, established the Ortega Chile Packing Company. Yep, the first commercial food operation in the state of California was created in the same place Mama created all those unforgettable meals. It might be one hundred and fifty years later, but we're still inspired by Mama's cooking.