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Shredded Beef Tamales with Mole Sauce

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Delicious beef brisket is slow cooked until extra tender and then shredded for these authentic beef tamales. Serve topped with mole sauce for added flavor.

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  • Servings: 12 tamales
This Recipe is: Low Sodium


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  • Step 1 of 15

    cooking spray in slow cooker, covering bottom and 3 inches up the side.

  • Step 2 of 15

    BOIL water in small saucepan; remove from heat. Add coffee granules and Abuelita chocolate tablet. Stir to dissolve.

  • Step 3 of 15

    COMBINE chile powder, bouillon, cumin and oregano in a small bowl. Stir until all spices are mixed.

  • Step 4 of 15

    SPRINKLE brisket with spices, covering all sides and place in slow cooker. Add bay leaf and coffee/chocolate mixture.

  • Step 5 of 15

    COOK on low for 8 hours (or high for 6 hours).

  • Step 6 of 15

    SOAK corn husks in water for at least 1 hour.

  • Step 7 of 15

    REMOVE bay leaf, scrape off any excess fat and shred meat with two forks into 1 ½-inch shreds.

  • Step 8 of 15

    corn husk on a flat surface, pointy side down. Spread ¼ cup masa on husk, 2 tablespoons shredded beef, 1 potato strip and 1 onion strip.

  • Step 9 of 15

    FOLD sides, overlapping over filling.

  • Step 10 of 15

    FOLD pointy side under.

  • Step 11 of 15

    REPEAT with remaining filling ingredients.

  • Step 12 of 15

    ARRANGE tamales upright on steamer rack. Fill with hot water to right below the rack.

  • Step 13 of 15

    COVER tamales with remaining husks and damp towel; cover with lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, adding water as needed. Steam for 1 hour or until masa pulls away from husk.

  • Step 14 of 15

    hot water and bouillon in small saucepan; mix well. Stir in mole until dissolved. Add Abuelita chocolate. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes or until chocolate has dissolved and mixture has thickened.

  • Step 15 of 15

    SERVE mole over tamales; sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Servings: 12 tamales
Calories 330
Calories from Fat 210
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 36%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 50mg 16%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Sugars 3g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 6%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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