El Lobo Mole Tamales

Contributed by: Chef Sonia Gomez

El Lobo Mole Tamales

Recipe type: Yield: 20 Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

El Lobo Mole Tamales taste great. From dinner recipes, budget menus and healthy diet selections, you’ll easily find any recipe you need.


Chicken3 T Butter8 Chicken thighsGarlic cloves, tomatoes, onions,oregano and bay leaves, salt and pepper – to tasteMasa (Dough)4qt Masa2 C Water – masa should be moist, not too runnySalt – to taste2 C Butter or olive oilHusks2 bundles Banana leavesOther Ingredients3 Large Potatoes – sliced2 Red bell peppers – sliced5 Large Jalapeno peppers – remove seedsMole Sauce2 1/2 C Sesame seeds – roasted20Guajillo dry peppers – roasted, seeds removed35 Ancho peppers – roasted, seeds removed1 C Raisins5 Tomatoes – roasted8 oz Pumpkin seeds – roasted1 C Peanuts – roasted1 Onion – chopped and roasted4 Bananas – ripe5 Garlic cloves- roasted1 10-oz Box chocolate (Abuelita brand recommended) -to tasteSalt and pepper – to taste5 Tortillas – toasted5 qt Water


  1. Chicken
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and cook the chicken thighs until the meat is just cooked through.
  3. Remove the chicken pieces from the skillet and cool.
  4. Using forks, pull meat from the bones and shred.
  5. Marinate in seasonings.
  6. Masa (Dough)
  7. Combine all ingredients and mix by hand until masa is nice and smooth with a rich texture. You may add more oil or less, depending on preference. (The more you mix your masa, the more moist it will be).
  8. Husks
  9. Steam banana leaves in water to soften before using.
  10. Cut banana leaves to about 10 inches, take one spoonful of masa and spread on banana leaf forming a circle that will be the base for all your toppings.
  11. Assembly
  12. Add a spoonful of marinated chicken on top of the masa, followed by a slice of potato, jalapeno, bell pepper, and spoonful of mole sauce.
  13. Next fold the banana leaf over and carefully stack tamales upright in a tamale steamer.
  14. Cover and steam for about one hour.
  15. Cool and then serve. Garnish with extra sauce and sesame seeds if desired.
  16. Mole Sauce
  17. Blend sesame seeds first, and then add other ingredients (except chocolate) to blend.
  18. Once everything is nice and smooth, put in a pot to slowly simmer, and add chocolate to taste.

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