Cookbook:New Mexico Pork Tamales

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New Mexico Pork Tamales
CategoryPork recipes
Yield50–70 tamales
TimePrep: 2 hours
Cooking: 2 hours

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Meat| Southwestern U.S. cuisine

New Mexico Pork Tamales are a classic Southwestern United States meal, made from pork and chicken. This version adds cumin, chili powder and garlic powder to outer masa flour of the tamale.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Meat filling[edit | edit source]

Wrappers[edit | edit source]

  • 1 package (8 oz / 230 g) of corn husks (contains about 100 husks)

Masa mixture[edit | edit source]

  • 2 pounds (900 g) masa flour
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 cups solid vegetable shortening
  • 8 cups warm chicken stock (or 8 cups water plus 8 chicken bullion cubes)

Procedure[edit | edit source]

Meat filling[edit | edit source]

  1. Stir ingredients together and refrigerate until needed.

Wrappers[edit | edit source]

  1. Soak corn husks in warm water for at least two hours. A dinner plate may be needed to hold corn husks under water.

Masa mixture[edit | edit source]

  1. Mix dry masa flour with paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and salt. Mix well for even distribution of spices.
  2. Cut shortening into the masa mixture with a pastry cutter. Mix until mixture resembles the texture of tiny peas.
  3. Slowly add chicken broth one cup at a time. Mix well with electric mixer. Mixture should resemble consistency of peanut butter.
  4. Continue mixing with electric mixer to incorporate air into batter. Mixture is ready to use when 1 teaspoon of batter floats on water.

Filling and cooking tamales[edit | edit source]

  1. Use one corn husk per tamale. Lay flat on table. The corn husk is roughly rectangle shaped.
  2. Spread ½ cup of masa mixture on entire upward facing corn husk, leaving a 1-inch (2.5 cm) gap along the long edge and narrow end of the corn husk.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon of meat mixture, in a narrow band in the middle, down the length of the masa spread corn husk.
  4. Roll/fold the husk along the wide edge, touching the edges of the masa together, with the meat mixture ending up in the middle of the masa. The part of the husk with the 1-inch gap with no masa should be rolled around the outside of the husk.
  5. Fold about 1 inch of end of rolled husk, upward along the body of the husk. You should end up with something resembling a cornucopia, with one end folded over and one end open.
  6. Stand all of the rolled tamales on end in a steamer basket with the open end of the tamale facing upward. Cover the basket.
  7. Steam the tamales over boiling water for 2 hours. Keep the tamales above the boiling water, don't allow them to stand in it.
  8. At the end of the cooking period, open one tamale to make sure the masa is cooked and not doughy.
  9. Allow tamales to rest 30 minutes after cooking, before serving. This will help to keep the masa from sticking to the corn husk.

Notes, tips, and variations[edit | edit source]

  • Leftover tamales may be frozen in ziplock bags.
  • Reheat frozen tamales in a microwave. If you reheat by steaming, they may become soggy.