Homemade tamales is a labor of love. Trust me, every moment spent is worth it! Our pork tamale recipe delivers tender, flavorful delights with a perfect balance of spice. When combined with salsa, chiles, corn, and other Mexican favorites, they offer a blend of flavors that will have you coming back for seconds. Prepare yourself for a truly delightful feast!
– 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
Whip the butter or lard until fluffy then gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Add the broth until you reach a peanut butter-like consistency. Beat the mixture really well to incorporate air. Keep the masa dough covered to prevent it from drying out. You can make the dough a day or two in advance.
Layer masa dough on a corn husk, add a filling like our slow-roasted pork shoulder with red chile sauce and cheese. Feel free to try other fillings, including chicken, beef, or vegetarian options like black beans and veggies.
Roll the corn husk around the filling to wrap the tamales. Fold the end over to seal and set them aside as you wrap the rest. Involve your family in the process for a fun and engaging time around the table.
Steaming tamales locks in flavor and moisture. Put them in a steamer over simmering water until the masa cooks through. See our blog for more tips.
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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