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Tamale Stuffing

Author Vianney Rodriguez


  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chorizo
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 pound mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine
  • 1 cup cilantro divided
  • 1 1/3 cups lard
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • salt
  • 3 1/2 cups masa harina
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • banana leaves
  • 3 tablespoons cotija cheese
  • 1 cup cilantro divided


  1. Preheat the broiler. Place the poblanos on a baking sheet broil until blackened on all sides, turning occasionally to blacken all sides, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove from broiler, reduce oven to 375 degrees and cover poblanos with a towel; set aside to steam, about 3 minutes. Peel off blacken, skin, stem and seeds and dice.
  2. In a large nonstick pan heat oil over medium-high heat, add chorizo and cook until fully cooked breaking up with a wooden spoon, about 4-6 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain. Wipe down pan, return to heat and add olive oil. Add onions, sauté until light and translucent, about 3 minutes then add garlic and mushrooms, salt, pepper and cumin and sauté until golden and cooked through, but still retain their shape. Add the Sherry and toss, continue to cook until absorbed. Return chorizo to pan, add diced roasted poblanos and ½ cup of cilantro, stir to combine.
  3. Combine the lard, baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Whisk the masa harina, 2 cups hot water and the broth in a separate bowl; add to the lard mixture and mix until smooth, then combine filling mixture with masa mixture. Run banana leaves under warm water until soft and pliable, line a 9x13 pan by crossing one over the other and spoon in masa mixture. Fold the banana leaves over the filling, tucking them in to seal. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until the filling is set, about 1 hour, 15 minutes, uncovering halfway through. Serve warm garnished with cotija cheese and remaining ½ cup cilantro.

Recipe Notes

recipe heavily adapted from Food Network