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Pork Tamales

Moist and full of flavor everyone will fall in love with these amazing pork tamales! They're especially popular during Christmas and New years.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 35 minutes
Servings 45 tamales
Calories 224 kcal
Author carissa

Ingredients

For the meat

  • 5 pounds pork butt cut up into pieces
  • 1 white onion quartered
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 16 cups of water
  • 3 teaspoons of salt

For the sauce

  • 25 dried guajillo peppers
  • 5 dried morita peppers
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • salt to taste

For the masa

  • 5 cups of Maseca for tamales
  • 5 cups of pork broth
  • 1/2 cup of chile sauce
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of lard
  • corn husks

Instructions

For the meat

  1. Add the pork, onion, garlic, bay leaves, water and salt to a large stock pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender and falls apart easily.
  3. Remove meat from pot and transfer to a large bowl and shred with two forks. Or when cool use your hands to shred.
  4. Strain the broth and when cool place in the refrigerator.
  5. Skim the fat off from the broth.

For the sauce

  1. Toast chiles in a skillet over medium heat. (about 25 seconds)
  2. Toast garlic and onion.
  3. Transfer chiles, garlic and onion to a pot with about 6-7 cups of warm water and bring to a simmer over medium low heat. Simmer for about 10 min or until chiles are soft.
  4. Transfer contents to a blender with about 5 cups of the water from the chiles.
  5. Blend for 1 minute (Do this in 2 batches).
  6. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in a pot over medium heat and when hot strain the chile sauce into the pot. stir, cover and cook over medium low for about 15 min. Season well with salt.
  7. Reserve 1/2 cup of the sauce for the masa
  8. Add the shredded pork to the chile sauce and stir well.

For the masa

  1. Soak the corn husks in hot water for 1 hour
  2. In a large bowl add the Maseca, baking powder and salt in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the broth and chile sauce to the Maseca and mix well making sure the dough is moist.
  4. In another bowl beat the lard with a mixer until it is fluffy. (a couple minutes)
  5. Add the masa to the lard and continue to beat for 3 min

Assembling the tamales

  1. Spread a heaping tbsp of masa over the corn husks.
  2. Add a heaping tbsp of the pork onto the masa.
  3. Fold each side of the husk and then fold the bottom part of the husk up
  4. Fill the steamer with water then put the steamer insert in and add the tamales standing up.
  5. Bring the water in the steamer to a boil and lower it to medium low.
  6. Cover and cook for 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
Pork Tamales
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 463mg20%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.