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Julie's Tamales

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Why I Love This Recipe

Unconventional but tasty, these are not overly complicated and they turn out beautifully light and fluffy.

Ingredients You'll Need

1 center cut pork roast, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons Mexene seasoning
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons minced sundried tomatoes

3 cups masa mix
3 cups chicken broth, hot
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 bag corn husks, separated and soaked in warm water 30 minutes


Brown the pork in a large Dutch oven with the canola oil and seasoning.

Stir in the onion and cook until it just begins to soften.

Add the chicken broth, cover, and simmer about 2 hours or until quite tender.

Remove pork to a cutting board and shred with a fork, set aside.

Return broth to the heat, stir in sundried tomatoes and cook over high heat until reduced to about 1/2 cup.

Remove from heat and stir in reserved pork.

Whisk together masa mix, salt and baking powder. In a large bowl, whisk together shortening and hot chicken broth.

Gradually whisk in dry ingredients until you get a consistency of thick pudding- you may not need all of it.

To assemble, lay out a husk on a flat surface and smear about 2 tablespoons dough into a 3 inch oval.

Spoon 1 tablespoon pork mixture into the center. Fold husk up from the bottom, in from the sides and then over from the top and tie with a bit of torn husk.

Once all the tamales are formed, place in a single layer in a steamer and steam for about 20 minutes or until dough pulls away easily from the husk.

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