One of our favorite quick and budget conscious tricks is to buy one of those whole roast chickens from the grocery store. They are fresh, tasty, ready to eat and really versatile. We bought one on Tuesday and used it for enchiladas that night, pesto chicken for sandwich filling on Thursdays and on Sunday for tamales.
We had mesa, corn husks and onions in the pantry. I bought some Frontera slow cook sauce by Rick Bayless which I sautéed the chicken and onions in. I bought Frontera sauces before and I think this is the best one.
I’m not even going to try and explain how to assemble tamales. Micah and I made about 24 of these and these were super ugly.
We’ve made tamales before and I swear it got easier as we went along. This time, the longer we made them, the uglier they looks. The tamale on the left was one of the first I made and the one on the right was one of the last I made.
After we wrapped them all up, we loaded them into the steamer and let them cook over medium heat for an 90 minutes.
We also made zucchini, queso, onion and cilantro tamales. They were messier to make and cook but really delicious. The chicken ones were AMAZING. I don’t want toot our own horns but they might be in the top 3 we’ve ever had.
After dinner we let the 20 tamales we had left cool, wrapped them up in groups of two and three and put them in the freezer to have for lunches.
The ugly but delicious tamales were a great for the budget. The sauce cost $2.50 on sale, and a 1/3 of the roast chicken was $2. We had everything else in the pantry. So essentially for $4.50, we were able to have dinner and 6 lunches in the freezer. That doesn’t even count the veggie tamales we made.
I think next were going to do pork adovada next time. Have you ever made something that was really ugly but very delicious?