Tamales Recipe

Making tamales is a labor of love, but believe me, it's absolutely worth every minute! Our pork tamale recipe will reward you with irresistibly tender and flavorful treats, boasting just the right amount of spice to tantalize your taste buds. And let me tell you, when paired with salsa, chiles, corn, and other delectable Mexican delights, they create a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more! Get ready for a mouthwatering fiesta!

The Best Pork Tamales

– corn husks for tamales, instant corn masa flour (masa harina  ) – Filling: we used cheese, and a roasted pork shoulder with red chile sauce – baking powder, cumin powder, garlic powder – lard, beef tallow, or butter – chicken broth

ingredients for tamales

Whip the butter or lard until fluffy. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, then add broth until you reach a peanut butter-like consistency. Beat the mixture for about 10 minutes. Test readiness by dropping a small amount in cold water. Adjust salt to taste and keep covered to prevent drying.

step 1: make the masa dough

Spread some masa dough on a corn husk and add your filling of choice. We used a slow roasted pork shoulder seasoned with red chile sauce. Then we added some cheese for extra good measure.  You can  experiment with different fillings, such as chicken, beef, or even vegetarian options like black beans and veggies.

step 2: assemble and fill the tamales

Step 3: wrap them up

Wrap the tamales up by rolling the corn husk over the filling. Seal the end by folding it over the top then set it aside while you finish wrapping all of them. Get the family to help out and make this a fun time to gather around the table.

Step 4: steam the tamales

Tamales taste best when you steam them because it locks in the flavors and keeps them nice and moist. Place the tamales in a steamer basket over simmering water, cover, and let them steam until the masa is cooked through. Check out all our helpful tips in the blog post.

And there you have it - homemade tamales! Trust me, one bite of these flavorful pockets will transport you to the vibrant streets of Mexico. Tamales are more than just a dish; they celebrate culture, tradition, and a love for food. The best part isn't just the end result, but the memories you create while making them.

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