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Mexican Pambazos

Sandwich dipped in chili sauce and fried. Flexible filling & toppings.

Pambazos Culinary Spice Blend:

Ancho chili, pasilla chili, black peppercorn, garlic, jalapeño, onion, coriander, oregano, cumin

Cooking - The Breeze Way

Shopping List - Main Ingredients

Bread & Sauce - The Key Elements
  • 6 bread rolls
  • 2 cups tomato puree or
    2 tbsp tomato paste or 2 fresh tomatoes
  • SpiceBreeze Pambazos spice blend or chili powder/sauce
Filling - or choose your favorite taco filling 😉
  • 6 oz chorizo
    or ground meat (beef, lamb, or any other)
    or pinto or black beans (can)
  • 2 large potatoes (authentic) or choose any combination of vegetables
Toppings - suggestions for the authentic version
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce (your choice)
  • 1 cup crumbled cheese (feta, cotija, queso fresco)
  • 1 cup sour cream, crème fraîche, or Mexican crema

Additional Toppings - Pick at Least One

  • pickled onions or jalapeños
  • fresh cilantro
  • leaves avocado slices
  • fresh chili slices or hot salsa


  • Mexican flavor with our Pambazos spice blend that includes three different chilies and the basics garlic, oregano, cumin, and coriander
  • The simple technic to fry a bread roll that was dipped in a chili sauce.
  • The incredible tickle of spicy chilies when you dig into the bread that creates a new kind of craving.
  • This sandwich is extremely versatile. Just like tacos, you can switch to whatever filling you fancy.

You could cook the potatoes and the sauce a day ahead to save time on the actual cooking day.

This dish is so simple in its authentic way. The only shortcut that we added is to substitute the step of cooking and blending fresh chilies with our special Pambazos chili blend.

There is not much risk in making this recipe. A risk is when the bread is too soft. You can find a tip to handle this type of bread in the recipe notes.

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Mexican Pambazos Sandwich

Mexican Pambazos

Pambazos are Mexican sandwiches filled with potatoes and chorizo. What makes the difference is the preparation of the bread roll: it's covered in chili sauce and fried. Though the chili sauce is quite hot, it only leaves a subtle heat on the roll. Of course, we included alternatives to chorizo.
hands-on time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 3



  • 6 oz chorizo [1] soy or meat

Fresh Produce

  • 2 large potatoes cubed
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce e.g. romaine

Dairy - Toppings

  • 1 cup crumbled cheese feta, cotija, queso fresco
  • 1 cup sour cream crème fraîche, or Mexican crema

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 2 cup tomato puree [2] not seasoned
  • 6 medium bread rolls [3]
  • salt
  • oil

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Ancho chili, pasilla chili, black peppercorn, garlic, jalapeño, onion, coriander, oregano, cumin [4]

Optional Toppings

  • pickled onions or jalapeños
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • avocado slices
  • fresh chili slices or hot salsa



  • In a POT, heat 1 tbsp oil and tomato puree. Season with 1 tbsp Pambazos spices and salt to taste. Cook over low heat for 15-30 minutes until the sauce thickens. Set aside.


  • In a covered POT, cook potatoes over low heat until soft. Drain and set aside.


  • In a large PAN, add the chorizo and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Alternatively for ground meat or beans:

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil, add crumbled meat/beans, Season with salt and Pambazos spices to taste. Fry until cooked.


  • Add the potatoes to the cooked chorizo. Mix well and smash them a little bit.


  • In a large PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Dip the rolls into the salsa to cover all sides.
  • Fry the rolls on both sides until slightly crisp. Repeat until all rolls are crisp. Add oil if necessary.


  • Fill rolls with the chorizo-potato mix. Add your preferred toppings.
  • Enjoy!


[1] Substitutes: 6 oz ground beef or poultry or 1 can black or pinto beans
Alternative: 4 eggs (scrambled) and 2 slices bacon or salami (cut into 1/4 inch cubes)
[2] Substitute:
2 tbsp tomato paste with 1-2 cups of water
or 2 tomatoes with a little water as needed
[3] firm outside, not too soft inside, for instance, Kaiser roll
Substitute: It's actually fun with any kind of bread. (see tip below)
Tip: If your bread is so soft that it would fall apart when soaked in liquid, then toast it a bit and spread the sauce on it instead of dipping it into the sauce.
[4] Minimal substitute: chili powder or paste of your choice, plus salt & pepper to taste