This past weekend I was craving the flavors of tamales, but I did not want to go through all the trouble of making them. I came up with this quicker recipe that will hold you over till the next time you can get the real thing. I have made real ones a few times, so if you are into that you can check the recipes here and here. The pictures of this meal do not do any justice to the food. For one, it is not a pretty meal and does not photograph well. Secondly, I am still learning the ways of my new camera lens.
The idea today was a BBQ sauce for the chicken that I "mexican-ed" up. Again, this was supposed to be lazymans, so I didn't want to go to crazy with the sauce. I used a quality store bought BBQ that I found.
It was a little thick, so I added some water to the mix. This was after adding chili powder, cumin, coriander, canned chipotles, and canned green chiles.
After the chicken is cooked, remove it and shred it up. Then add some of the bbq sauce to the mix.
Leave the rest of the sauce on low heat to thicken a bit.
This is a store bought cornbread mix. You want to use the real soft kind, often called corn cake. We added about half as much water as suggested so it would be thick enough to not just drip out of the tortillas.
Some BBQ sauce in the pan to prevent sticking.
More sauce, and of course, cheese on top.
An alternate title for this would be BBQ tamale enchiladas, but I don't like tossing around terms loosely and enchiladas to me need a chile sauce (enchilada means in-chile)
As I said, pictures not too good, food, amazing.
The corn bread baked up nicely to form a nice layer around the meat. It almost melded with the tortilla and you couldn't tell one from the other.
I tried to get a cross section, and you can kinda see what I am talking about with the cornbread layer.
For the chicken I did -
saute 1 onion and 5 diced and seeded jalapenos until some browning occurs.
add 4 minced garlic cloves.
cook until browned
add store bought BBQ, a nicer brand
add half tin of canned green chiles, 4 chipotles with some of the adobo, tablespoon cumin, teaspoon coriander, teaspoon chile powder
mix and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. taste for seasonings, and remove and shread chicken
add some of the sauce into the chicken mixture, but leave some on the stove on low to reduce and thicken slightly
Mix a packet of cornbread mix, the juicy cake like kind
assemble wraps as shown in the pics
bake at 350 for 45 minutes until the cornbread mix is fully cooked