Traditional Tamales
  • 3 1/2 lbs pork shoulder or pork butt, trimmed of fat and cut up
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups red chili sauce (see Red Chili Sauce (To Be Used With Traditional Tamales) for red chili sauce)
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 6 cups masa harina
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 50 dried corn husks (about 8 inches long)
  1. Tamales are a little bit of work, but so worth the time.
  2. They freeze beautifully so if you are going to go to the effort to make them, spend the time and make a lot of them for future meals.
  3. Perfect meal with sides of Spanish rice, refried beans topped with cheese and frosty margaritas for a delicious authentic Mexican meal.