7ouncecan chipotle peppers in adobo saucechopped with sauce
10ouncecan diced tomatoes with green chile
1cupdark Mexican beer
1tablespoonNM red chile powder
1/2teaspoonwhite pepperblack pepper would be fine here as well
2ears of cornkernels removed or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
15ouncecan of black beansdrained and rinsed
1tablespoonmasa harina dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
Tamale Topping Ingredients
3/4 - 1cuphot waterI used about a cup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Saute for 7-8 minutes, until the begin to soften. Add the enchilada sauce, chipotle peppers, tomatoes, beer, chile powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and add the chicken. Stir again and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the corn and beans, simmer for another 15 minutes and then taste to check the seasonings. Add the masa/water mixture to the sauce and stir. This should slightly thicken the sauce. Cook for a minute or two more and then remove from the heat. Serve over rice and enjoy as is OR pour the chili into a casserole dish at this point and make the topping below.
To Make The Tamale Topping
Combine the masa and the salt and blend the butter into it with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be dry and crumbly. Stir in enough very warm water to make a smooth and spreadable dough. Keep adding water until the mixture is spreadable. (If you do not add enough water, the topping will not spread smoothly across the casserole and it will not cook evenly.) Spoon the masa topping across the casserole and then spread it out as evenly as possible to prevent the filling from bubbling out while it cooks.
Place the casserole dish into a larger baking pan and then pour very hot water into the larger pan up to about halfway up the sides of the casserole dish. Cover the entire casserole, outside pan with water too, as tightly as possible with foil. This creates the steam that will cook the masa topping.
Very carefully move the hot water bath and the casserole to the middle rack of the oven. Cook for about an hour, until the topping is cooked through. Remove the foil and cook about 5 more minutes just to barely brown the top. Serve warm with sour cream if desired. Enjoy!
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