The Codzitos Yucatecos, the hot alternative!

The codzitos are a traditional snack from the mayan part of Mexico; "Codz" in mayan language means "to roll", which makes sense because this dish is part of the taquito family where tortillas are rolled tightly around some kind of stuffing. Codzitos are served with a very spicy tomato sauce with habanero chiles and plenty of cheese to cover it all…

How to make Codzitos

* 2 lb. corn tortillas (as fresh as possible)
* 1 lb. pork leg meat, cooked and shredded
* Enough canola oil to deep fry your Codzitos
* 2 lb. red tomatoes
* 2 garlic
* 2 habanero peppers
* Plenty of mexican crumbled cheese, such as Queso Panela or Chiapas
* Salt to taste
* Kitchen twine or toothpicks


1) Preparing the tomato salsa: put the tomatoes in boiling water for 3-4 minutes or until their skin wrinkles, then peel. In the oven roast the garlic and chilies. Peel the garlic, remove the seeds from the chiles; use gloves to manipulate habaneros…

2) Blend together the peeled tomatoes, garlic and habanero peppers until you get a perfectly smooth salsa. Pour this salsa in a pot and simmer with a little butter (or oil) until it takes an orangy color. Reduce heat setting to a simmer and continue cooking until the salsa reduces. Once thickened, season with salt.

3) Now we turn to preparing the codzitos: for each individual take a tortilla, place some shredded meat in its center, season with a pinch of salt, roll it up tightly (like a taquito) and tie with kitchen twine or secure them using the toothpicks. Repeat the process until you run out of ingredients.

4) We will now fry the codzitos using a deep fryer; heat up the oil to about 75% of heat setting. Put the codzitos on the tray which you will lower in the hot oil to deep fry. When they are fried, take them out of the tray and place in a colander covered with paper towels to drain the excess oil. Repeat this until all codzitos are fried; remove their kitchen twine or toothpicks.

Place some codzitos on a platter, cover with hot sauce and sprinkled with plenty of grated cheese.

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