Tamale Chili Gravy
3 Tbs melted shortening, or lard (i used vegetable oil)
1 medium onion, chopped fine
5 little garlic thingies – chopped fine
1 Tbs bacon drippings (i did not use this)
¼ cup good chili powder
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp tried oregano
2 cups beef stock
2 cups water
1 Tbs masa harina
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Over medium heat, saute the oniona nd garlic in the oil until the onion is softened, but not browned. Stir in the bacon drippings, chili powder, cumin, oregano; then gradually add the beef stock and water, and stir well.
2. Simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes, until the mixture is slightly reduced and thickened. Mix the masa with a few tablespoons of water to make a smooth paste, and then stir into the gravy mixture. Simmer for about 10 more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.