Sinaloa Inspired Chicken Chorizo Tamales
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 18 tamales and 7 cups of sauce
These meat filled tamales are simple to make with an even easier red pasilla chile sauce recipe to go along.
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small to medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 pickled jalapeños, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup finely chopped green olives
  • 3 or more cups Super Easy Red Pasilla Chile Sauce (see below)
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 31/2 cups Basic Fresh Masa (see below)
Super Easy Red Pasilla Chile Sauce
  • 1 (2-ounce) package dried pasilla chiles, stemmed and seeded, or 4 tablespoons prepared chile paste
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans enchilada sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Basic Fresh Masa
  • 1 pound butter or margarine, softened
  • 5 pounds stone ground fresh masa (unprepared)
  • 2 to 3 cups stock (chicken, pork, beef, or vegetable)
  • 2 tablespoons salt (or less to taste)
  1. Heat the oil in large pot over medium heat, add the onion, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the potato, carrot, zucchini, jalapeños, and salt and stir to combine. Sauté for 15 minutes or until the potato and carrot are barely soft. Remove from the heat and let cool. Add the tomato, raisins, olives, chile pasilla sauce, and chicken. Fold well.
  2. Taste and adjust the salt.
  3. Assemble the tamales (see pages 5-6), using ¼ cup masa and ¼ cup filling for each tamale.
  4. Transfer to a steamer and steam for 50 minutes.
Super Easy Red Pasilla Chile Sauce
  1. Place the cleaned chiles in a medium bowl and pour boiling water to cover, place a dish on top to keep the heat in, and set aside for 20 to 30 minutes, until the chiles are completely soft. Place the chiles into a food processor or blender and process until you have a smooth paste, then add the enchilada sauce, oregano, sugar, cumin, salt, and pepper and process or blend until well combined, about 5 to 10 seconds.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the sauce, cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, checking and stirring occasionally to make sure the sauce doesn’t burn. Set aside to cool. The sauce can be refrigerated or frozen for future use.
Basic Fresh Masa
  1. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add one-third of the fresh masa alternating with one-third of the stock, then add the salt. Beat until well mixed, adding more stock if needed, turn the mixer to high, and beat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the dough resembles spackling paste.
  2. Take a small piece (about ½ teaspoon) of the dough and drop it into a cup of cold water. If it floats, it is ready; if it sinks, whip for another minute and test it again. Repeat this process until the masa floats.
  3. Note: The fresher the masa, the faster it will become light and fluffy enough for use.
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