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Chili Bread


This was a forerunner of the tamale.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 pieces boiled beef, finger size
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 8 clean corn husks


  1. Mix all ingredients except meat and corn husks.
  2. Spread thick dough on corn husks.
  3. Add cooked meat.
  4. Wrap and steam for 30 minutes.

It can also be baked at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.


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