Bread and Baking Main Dishes — By Ben on 07 April 2009
Pastel Azteca and Avocado Dinner Rolls


Pastel azteca

Pastel azteca is one of my all time favorite Mexican dishes. It is also Jon’s favorite dish and my friends and former roommates Jeff and Deon always ask for it when I cook for them. It is easy and quick to make (unless you make it from scratch like I usually do) and it never fails to impress at gatherings. That’s why I decided to include it in the menu for my friend John’s dinner last weekend.

I have posted the recipe for this pastel azteca before but I will repost it here with some changes and new and better pictures (wow I really didn’t have any food photography skills back then, did I? Not that I have any now) I have made other variations of this dish but the chicken version is definitely my favorite one. I served this dish with avocado dinner rolls, the recipe is also included in this post.

Chicken Pastel Azteca
8-10 servings

The ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast shredded
  • 1 lb tomatoes
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1-2 chipotle adobado peppers
  • 16 ounces tortilla chips, you can either make your own by cutting in quarters approximately 24 corn tortillas and frying them or baking them or buy them made at the store
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz. Chihuahua cheese shredded 2 cups approx. or shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The how-to:

  1. Blend together tomatoes, onion, garlic and adobado peppers using one cup of chicken broth.
  2. Pour the sauce into a sauce pan and add the rest of the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, season to taste and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  4. Place a layer of tortilla chips at the bottom of a 9”x13” baking dish using 1/2 of the tortillas.
  5. Add a second layer of shredded chicken, half of the shredded cheese and half of the red onion slices.
  6. Pour some of the tomato sauce into the pan.
  7. Add a final layer of tortilla chips and cheese and pour the rest of the sauce.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, let it rest for 10 minutes before serving and garnish with sour cream, red onion and chopped parsley.

Avocado pull-out dinner rolls

The ingredients:

  • 1 package of dry yeast (2 1/4 tsps)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 6 cups AP flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 avocados, mashed
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk

The how-to:

  1. In a large bowl mix yeast and warm water and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Add brown sugar and mix well. Add 3 cups of flour, one at a time, and mix well.
  3. Mix in salt, olive oil and avocados. Add the rest of the flour and mix until all the ingredients are blended.
  4. Turn dough onto a slightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Add more flour if the dough is too wet and sticky or more water if the dough is too dry.
  5. Form a ball and put into a greased container. Cover and let it rise until doubles in size, approximately 1 hour.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  7. Punch the dough in the middle and fold it into itself to form a ball.
  8. Grease 2 round baking pans and form balls of dough of approximately 2″ and drop into the pans. Brush the top with egg yolk.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before unmolding.

The afterthoughts:

  • You can make as many variations of these two recipes as you can imagine. I want to try a vegetarian pastel azteca soon and maybe some spicy avocado dinner rolls. Aren’t the colors of these two dishes beautiful? Your guests will be impress if you serve these easy to make and delicious food at your next get together.
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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(18) Readers Comments

  1. Yum. Curious, you like chicken the best but have you any recommendations for beef versions? I’m not eating much chicken these days (can’t find chicken that has even a hint of flavor these days).

  2. A new dish to me, I’m sure I would love it.

  3. Very interesting recipe. Never heard this before. It looks fantastic. Iove the avocado rolls. will have to make them sometimes.

  4. Wow, so its like a lasagna made with tortilla chips? looks good! And avocado rolls! I want to come to your next dinner party!

  5. I knew I was going to like both these recipes when you ticked off the menu items the other day. I wish the Mexican restaurant cooked like this!

  6. It all sounds amazing Ben:D

  7. Looks fantastic Ben..almost like a Mexican lasgana!

  8. Don’t be too modest Ben, your food photography skills are quite impressive and the difference between this dish and the one you shot in 2007…well, it’s a whole world of difference!! The other looks like a typical snapshot, but the above shot looks like a real proper foodphoto and a very tasty as well. Looks delicious!

  9. These both look amazing, Ben! My husband’s favorite dish at a wonderful local restaurant that’s now defunct was Budin Azteca, and it sure seems like a similar recipe – could it have been something similar? This looks delicious, and I’ll definitely have to make it. Maybe even tonight!

  10. Totally like a lasagna interesting.

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