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Mexican Pambazo

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 4
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by: Silvia Martinez
Updated Jul 20, 2017
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  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 guajillo peppers, deveined
  • 1 ancho pepper, deveined
  • 2 garlic
  • 1 small white onion, divided
  • 3 medium white potatoes, cooked and diced
  • 5 oz of Mexican chorizo
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt, divided
  • 4 bread rolls
  • Refried beans
  • 1/2 iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
  • Cream to taste
  • Canola or vegetable oil


  • 1
    Heat the two cups of water. Turn the heat off when it begins to boil, add the guajillo peppers, ancho peppers, garlic and 1/2 the onion. Cover and let soak for 20 minutes.
  • 2
    While the peppers soak, chop the other half of the onion into thin pieces. Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan and fry the onions for 3 minutes. Add the chorizo and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat then add the potatoes, half a teaspoon of salt and stir until the potatoes are covered in chorizo. Set aside.
  • 3
    Pour the peppers, onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt and a cup of the water in which they were cooked into a blender and mix until you have a thick sauce. Empty into a wide container.
  • 4
    Add 4 tablespoons of oil to a pan.
  • 5
    Take one roll and cut it in half, but don't let it come apart entirely. Submerge in the sauce and immediately fry in the hot oil, one minute on each side.
  • 6
    Remove from the oil, spread refried beans on half of the surface, fill with chorizo potatoes, and cover with lettuce and cream to taste. Serve immediately.
  • 7
    Repeat until you're done with the rolls.
  • 8

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Wash, cook, peel and dice the potatoes in advance. This will save you 20-25 minutes.
  • tip 2
    You can prepare the chorizo in advance as well, you just need to heat them, add the potatoes and serve.
  • tip 3
    If you like pepper, add slices of pickled peppers.

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More About This Recipe

  • Pambazo is an excellent Mexican treat. It's delicious, comforting, warm and filled with flavor. The secret is in the guajillo sauce it's drenched in. It's not spicy, but it has a very rich taste. Traditional Mexican pambazo is a type of sandwich filled with potato, chorizo and drenched in sauce. You can find it on the streets, in cafeterias and in restaurants. Now you can prepare this dish at home with the help of the recipe I'm presenting you with today. Pambazo is the perfect dish for a Sunday with family, a night of celebration or a birthday. My family also prepares it around the holidays or to celebrate the independence of Mexico. A word of warning: you will need many napkins because your hands will be drenched in sauce as you enjoy your pambazo. Enjoy!
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