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Puebla Style Pipian
with Dark Maize

The pipian is a Prehispanic preparation with a lot of tradition – as in times of the Tlatoani Moctezuma it already formed part of the hundreds of dishes that were served at his banquets .

The preparation of the pipian
salsa consists of the mixture of seeds, high in fat. In this version the use of dark maize kernels is introduced that give a very special flavor to the salsa and it combines in an exact way with the pumpkin seeds and the ancho pepper. Although it is a simple pipian its flavor is elaborated.

The versatility of this salsa is such that is can be used with almost any meat like turkey, duck, chicken,
pork or fish. All this mild flavored meats balance perfectly well the intense aroma of this pipian.

About the Recipe

  • This is one of the easiest pipianes to prepare.
  • The dark maize is very difficult to find, we recommend looking for it at markets and unfortunately it cannot be substituted for any other type of maize.
  • The pumpkin seeds that are used in this recipe must not have shell nor salt.
  • The original recipe is made with lard but vegetable shortening could also be used.
  • The preparation time is of 35 minutes.
  • We give the recipe for about 4 cups.


  • 1/2 cup of raw Drak Corn Kernels (1.7 oz)
  • 2 Ancho Peppers (.7 oz)
  • 1 cup of Pumpkin Seeds (5.2 oz)
  • 3 cups of Chicken Stock (25.3 fl oz)
  • 2 tablespoons of Lard
  • 1/4 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Measuring Cup
  • 1 Chopping Board
  • 1 Tongs
  • 1 Turner
  • 1 Knife

  • Directions

    Roast some Ingredients

    1. Remove the veins and the seeds of 2 ancho peppers.
    2. Put in a frying pan over medium heat the 2 ancho peppers with the ones you worked and roast them for approximately 1½ minutes, until all their sides are lightly roasted; move them regularly with some tongs. Then set aside.

    Don’t roast the chilies for a long time because its flavor becomes bitter.

    1. Put in the frying pan over medium heat:
    • 1/2 cup of raw Drak Corn Kernels.
    • 1 cup of Pumpkin Seeds.

    1. Roast the frying pan ingredients for about 3 minutes, until they are moderately roasted; stir regularly.
    2. Transfer from the frying pan to a blender the ingredients that were roasted.

    Grind Many Ingredients and Cook the Pipian

    1. Also add in the blender, along with the other ingredients:
    • The 2 Ancho Peppers that were roasted.
    • 1 cup of Chicken Stock (8.4 fl oz).

    1. Blend very well the ingredients and reserve.
    2. Melt in a saucepan over low heat 2 tablespoons of lard.
    3. Incorporate in the saucepan:
    • The Mixture that was blended.
    • 2 cups of Chicken Stock (16.9 oz).
    • 1/4 tablespoon of Salt

    1. Mix the saucepan ingredients and cook the Puebla style pipian with dark maize for about 25 minutes, until it thickens a little and acquires a more intense color; stir occasionally.

    It is very important that the Puebla style pipian with dark maize doesn’t have a rolling boil because its consistency and flavor can be altered.

    Sweet and Spicy Touches
    in One Same Bite

    Recommendation: The flavor of this pipian combines perfectly well with baked potatoes in case that you want to serve as side dish.

    Variation: The Puebla style pipian can also be prepared with chocolate.

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    Additional Info

    These pumpkin seeds are perfect for this preparation.

    This is a very creative way of making a measuring cup, it will serve you for many recipes.

    In this preparation a very good blender is needed like this one.

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