Mexican-Inspired Pork Tamales

Mexican-Inspired Pork Tamales


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Tamales are one of the most well-known Mexican dishes. They are basically a corn-mixture pocket stuffed with some type of protein, usually chicken or pork. This recipe is sure to please anyone who enjoys Mexican food.

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Time needed

15 min preparation + 2 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 1 lb. pork shoulder
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 ½ cup masa harina
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 10 dried cornhusks

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In a large Dutch oven, bring water to a boil. Place pork, onion, and garlic in the Dutch oven. Allow about 2 hours of cook time or until the pork has become very tender. Remove pork from Dutch oven and shred the meat. Drain Dutch oven. In a pan over high heat, cook pork with chili sauce for about 12 minutes. In a bowl, combine baking soda, margarine, and masa harina. Stir for about 4 minutes or until thoroughly combined. Soak cornhusks in water for about 15 minutes to soften them. Spread about 2 1/2 tbsp. masa mixture on corn husk. Add about 1 tbsp. pork over masa. Then fold cornhusk so masa is enclosed. Pour water in Dutch oven. Place steamer basket in Dutch oven and place tamales around the edge of the basket. Cover and cook for about 1 hour.

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