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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
For Masa (Dough): Prepare dough in 2 batches. For each batch, whip 1 cup lard, 1/2 cup sho
rtening and 1 tablespoon baking powder in a large bowl using a mixer. Divide masa into two
equal parts. Break half the masa into small pieces and add to whipped lard. Combine 1 cup
broth with 1 tablespoon EACH salt, chili and garlic powder; stir well. Beat lard and masa
3 minutes. Slowly pour broth mixture into masa with mixer running on low speed. Beat 2 mi
nutes until light and fluffy (when 1/2 teaspoon of dough floats in a cup of cold water). R
epeat this process with 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 boil. Pour over chiles and let sit 30 minut
es. 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 forks. Puree
chiles with soaking liquid 1 minute using a blender or food processor. Add cumin, oregano
, garlic powder and salt and process until smooth. Combine chili sauce and shredded pork i
n 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 slightly. Pork filling
may be prepared up to 1 day in advance.
To Assemble: Drain corn husks and pat dry with paper towel before spreading with masa. Lay
a husk on a flat surface with the pointed end away from you. Using a butter knife or spat
ula, spread a scant 1/4 cup masa evenly into a 4-inch square, 1/8-inch thick. Leave at lea
st a 1 1/2-inch border at the pointed end and at least 1-inch borders along the sides. (Ma
sa may be spread thicker according to personal preference.) Spoon 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons f
illing 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). If filling is visible
, seal with a dab of masa. Steam tamales immediately or refrigerate up to 3 days. Freeze u
p to 1 month in sealable plastic 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 ro
om for tamales to expand. Fill large gaps with crumpled foil to prevent tamales from falli
ng down. Cover tamales with extra husks to retain steam. Cover pot with lid. Bring water t
o a boil. Reduce heat to Medium-Low and cook 1 1/2 hours (add 1/2 hour if frozen) or until
masa comes away from husks intact. Replenish pot with boiling water if going dry, using c
are not to get tamales wet. Remove from heat. Let tamales stand in covered pot 30 minutes
before serving.

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