Tamales with Yellow Mole: Tamales de Amarillo Mole

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  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 10 tamales
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10 dried corn husks

1 1/2 cup masa harina

1 1/4 cup chicken stock

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup shredded cooked chicken

Amarilla Mole, recipe follows

Mole Amarillo:

3 guajillo chiles, seeded and deviened

1 ancho chile, seeded and deviened

1 medium onion

4 garlic cloves

5 medium tomatillos

2 medium green tomatoes

15 black pepppercorns

7 whole cloves

3 large hoja santa leaves or 5 dried hoja santa leaves

3 tablespoons lard or vegetable oil

3 tablespoons masa harina

3 tablespoons water


  1. In a large mixing bowl soak the corn husks for 30 minutes.
  2. In another bowl, add the masa harina and salt and with a whisk, mix well. Slowly add the chicken stock to the masa harina and mix well until a dough-like consistency. Make 10 ping-pong ball size balls of dough.
  3. In a plastic-lined tortilla press (both sides), press out each ball of dough to form a 5-inch round (about the size of the press). Carefully remove the tortilla, and place a spoonful of amarillo mole sauce, a spoonful of shredded cooked chicken. Fold each side of the tortilla and place in a corn husk length-wise. Secure both ends with a string or part of the husk used as a string, and repeat process.
  4. Steam for 30 minutes.

Mole Amarillo:

  1. Toast chiles on a griddle. Remove and place in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. In a hot cast iron pan, roast the onion, garlic, tomatillos, and green tomatoes. Roast until well charred on all sides. Place in a bowl and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile grind peppercorns and cloves in coffee grinder. When the vegetables are cool enough to handle peel off the charred skin and puree them in a blender with the hoja santa leaves, drained chiles, and spices.
  4. In hot pot, heat the lard, add the pureed strained sauce, and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, add the masa harina and water. Mix until well blended. Add this mixture to the sauce and cook for 5 minutes more, until done.
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