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Pork Tamales
Prep Time:
3 hours
Cook Time:
2 hours
8 dozen

2 (6 1/3 oz.) pkgs dry corn husks

* Masa:

1 pound (2 cups) lard

1 cup vegetable shortening

2 tablespoons baking powder

4 pounds refrigerated fresh stone-ground corn masa

2 cups chicken broth or water

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons garlic powder

* Pork Filling:

8 dried ancho chiles

12 dried cascabel chiles

5 cups chicken broth or water

5 pounds H-E-B Fully Cooked Pork Roast

4 teaspoons ground cumin

4 teaspoons ground oregano

5 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons salt


Soak corn husks in hot water 2 hours or overnight. The husks float, so
push or weight them down.
For Masa (Dough): Prepare dough in 2 batches. For each batch, whip 1 c
up lard, 1/2 cup shortening and 1 tablespoon baking powder in a large
bowl using a mixer. Divide masa into two equal parts. Break half the m
asa into small pieces and add to whipped lard. Combine 1 cup broth wit
h 1 tablespoon EACH salt, chili and garlic powder; stir well. Beat lar
d and masa 3 minutes. Slowly pour broth mixture into masa with mixer r
unning on low speed. Beat 2 minutes until light and fluffy (when 1/2 t
easpoon of dough floats in a cup of cold water). Repeat this process w
ith the remaining ingredients. Set masa aside to rest 30 minutes or co
ver and refrigerate until ready to use.
For Pork Filling: Remove stems and seeds from chiles. Tear into small
pieces and place in a large bowl. Bring 5 cups broth or water to a boi
l. Pour over chiles and let sit 30 minutes. Cut pork roast into 3-inch
chunks; remove bone and trim away excess fat. Heat pork in a covered
microwave-safe dish 5 minutes. Shred pork by pulling apart with two fo
rks. Puree chiles with soaking liquid 1 minute using a blender or food
processor. Add cumin, oregano, garlic powder and salt and process unt
il smooth. Combine chili sauce and shredded pork in a large pot. Cook
15 minutes over Medium heat, stirring often, until liquid has almost c
ooked away, but meat is still moist. Remove from heat and let cool sli
ghtly. Pork filling may be prepared up to 1 day in advance.
To Assemble: Drain corn husks and pat dry with paper towel before spre
ading with masa. Lay a husk on a flat surface with the pointed end awa
y from you. Using a butter knife or spatula, spread a scant 1/4 cup ma
sa evenly into a 4-inch square, 1/8-inch thick. Leave at least a 1 1/2
-inch border at the pointed end and at least 1-inch borders along the
sides. (Masa may be spread thicker according to personal preference.)
Spoon 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons filling down center. Bring long sides of
husk together to enclose filling. Roll husk flaps the same direction.
Fold tail without masa under and place on a tray with folded end down.
(Tamale may be tied with strands of husk for a water-tight packet). I
f filling is visible, seal with a dab of masa. Steam tamales immediate
ly or refrigerate up to 3 days. Freeze up to 1 month in sealable plast
ic bags.
For Steaming: Use tamale pot or place steamer rack in the bottom of a
large, deep pot. Add water to reach, but not cover rack. Stand tamales
in pot with folded end down, leaving room for tamales to expand. Fill
large gaps with crumpled foil to prevent tamales from falling down. C
over tamales with extra husks to retain steam. Cover pot with lid. Bri
ng water to a boil. Reduce heat to Medium-Low and cook 1 1/2 hours (ad
d 1/2 hour if frozen) or until masa comes away from husks intact. Repl
enish pot with boiling water if going dry, using care not to get tamal
es wet. Remove from heat. Let tamales stand in covered pot 30 minutes
before serving.

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