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Pambazo Mexicano: Chorizo-Potato Sandwich

Pambazo Mexicano: Chorizo-Potato Sandwich

David Taylor
This particular bread, also called Pambazo Mexicano, is very similar to a Kaiser roll but dusted with flour and without the seeds. In Mexico City, a Pambazo is a sandwich made of a particular type of bread stuffed with potatoes and chorizo and then drenched in a guajillo sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Sandwich
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 413 kcal


  • 2 ½ cups potatoes diced
  • 3 guajillo peppers seeds and veins removed
  • 2 chorizos 3 oz. each
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp Mexican oregano
  • 6 Teleras or Kaiser rolls sliced lengthwise
  • 1 ½ cup iceberg lettuce shredded
  • ¼ cup cheese crumbled
  • 2 tbsp Mexican cream
  • Salt to taste


  • In a saucepan with hot water, place the diced potatoes and cook over medium-high heat. It will take about 10-12 minutes for the potatoes to be cooked.
  • Place the guajillo peppers in a bowl with hot water to soften while the potatoes are cooking.
  • In the meantime, cook the chorizo in a skillet over medium-high heat. It will be ready in about 8 minutes.
  • By this time the potatoes should be ready, so remove them from heat and drain. Next, stir them into the skillet with the chorizo, and keep cooking for three minutes. This is just enough time to allow the flavors to blend and the potatoes to get a little more tender. Set aside.
  • Place guajillo peppers, 1 cup of soaking water, garlic clove, oregano, and peppercorns into a blender. Process until you have a smooth sauce. Strain and place in a bowl.
  • Heat a griddle and add a ½ tablespoon of oil. Place the sliced rolls upside down and brush their tops all over with the Guajillo salsa. Flip the rolls so the tops get a little warm and crispy. This step will be about a minute per side. Repeat the process with the rest of the rolls, adding oil to the skillet as needed.
  • To assemble the Pambazo, place some chorizo and potatoes on each toasted roll, then top with the shredded lettuce, cream, and cheese. Serve with a hot salsa or pickled jalapeños. Enjoy!


If you don’t find the teleras, you can easily use Kaiser rolls or another roll with a slightly hard crust that won’t crumble. The reason I didn’t call for actual pambazos for the bread in the ingredients is that I know they can seldom be found outside of Mexico.
You will need a strainer and a pastry brush for this recipe.