Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ \N Recipe Masa (recipe
\N \N Follows)
¼ cup Refried Black Beans (recipe
\N \N Follows), or good quality
\N \N Canned
\N \N Refried beans, pureed
\N \N Approximately 2/3 cup
\N \N Vegetable oil
2 cups Shredded roasted chicken
1 cup Roasted Tomato Salsa (recipe
\N \N Follows)
1 cup Pickled Red Onions (recipe
\N \N Follows)
1 \N Avocado, peeled, seeded and
\N \N Sliced, for garnish

Divide the masa into 12 pieces and form each into a ball. Press or roll each into a 4-inch circle. Heat a dry cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat and cook the tortillas.

When cool enough to handle, pick up each puffed tortilla and make a 1½-inch slit about ¼-inch from the edge to make a pocket, being careful not to cut all the way through the tortilla. Stuff 2 teaspoons of the bean puree in each pocket. Flatten to seal and spread the beans evenly. Reserve the stuffed tortillas on a tray covered with a barely damp cloth.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Fry the stuffed tortillas in batches, adding more oil as necessary, until they are a little crisp around the edges but still pliable. Drain on paper towels. Then place on a tray and keep warm in a 200 degree oven.

Heat the chicken in a small pan over low heat.

Remove the tray of panuchos from the oven. Top each with a scant tablespoon of roasted tomato salsa. Sprinkle on the chicken and pickled onions and top each with a small avocado slice. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Variation: In case your tortillas do not puff, here is an alternative plan: fry them as is in the oil, and then spread with a very fine layer of beans followed by the other ingredients. They will still taste delicious.

Yield: 6 servings


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