5 from 7 votes
Tamale Sauce
Tamale Sauce
Prep Time
12 mins

An easy, cheesy Tamale Sauce that reigns supreme with its Tex-Mex flare and kick of spice. The perfect consistency for drizzling over tamales and more!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Tamale Sauce
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 71 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups unsalted beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from chipotles in adobo
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 4 slices (3 ounces) American cheese
  1. Place a skillet over medium heat, and add the butter. As soon as it has melted, sprinkle over the flour. Whisk until a paste has formed and stir for 1-2 minutes more.

  2. Begin adding the beef broth a splash at a time, whisking well after each addition, until it resembles a pudding-like consistency. Once this consistency has been achieved, begin streaming in the broth, whisking all the while. Allow the mixture to simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. 

  3. Add the adobo sauce, taco seasoning and American cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted and remove from the heat.

  4. Top your tamales with the Tex-Mex Tamale Sauce, serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Recipe makes enough sauce for 12-14 tamales.

Nutrition Facts
Tamale Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 1190mg52%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.