Delicious tamales featuring the traditional filling of pork simmered in red sauce.
1 pound lean boneless pork butt or shoulder,
trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch chunks
4 large dried New Mexico or California Chiles (about 3 ounces)
or 3 to 4 tablespoons ground chile powder
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 1/3 cups lard or solid shortening
4 cups dehydrated masa flour (corn tortilla flour)
2 2/3 cups warm water
1 (8 ounce) package dried corn husks
Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and
simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. (Pork simmered in red sauce is Mexico's traditional
filling for tamales.)
Masa Dough: Whip 1 1/3 cups lard, left over pork broth, or solid shortening
Blend in 4 cups dehydrated masa flour (corn tortilla flour); 2 teaspoons
salt, if desired, and 2 2/3 cups warm water. Mix until dough holds together.
If made ahead cool, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 days and bring to room
temperature before using.
Basic Tamales: Use 1 (8 ounce) package dried corn husks. Sort through dried
corn husks, discarding silk and other extraneous material. In large roasting
pan, cover husk with warm water and let stand until pliable (at least 20 minutes)
or until next day. Drain and pat dry when ready to use.
For each tamale select a wide pliable husk and lay flat, with tip pointing
away from you. Spread evenly 2 tablespoons of the masa down the center of the
husk forming a rectangle that is flush with one side of husk, an 1/2 inch from
opposite side, an 1/2 inch from bottom and three inches from tip. If husk is
not wide enough, use some masa to paste another husk onto back of first. Spoon
2 tablespoons of filling in center of masa. To enclose filling, fold husk so
masa edges meet, wrapping plain part of husk around outside of tamale, fold
bottom end of husk over body of tamale; then fold in tip. Place seam side down
on a tray cover with a damp paper towel.
To steam, place a rack in a 12-to 14-quart pan and pour in boiling water
to a depth of an inch (water should not reach tamales). Stack tamales in steam
loosely so steam can circulate. Bring to boil and keep at steady boil adding
hot water as needed until masa is firm and doesn't stick to husk. Open on
from center of pan to test about one hour.
Serve tamales hot or keep warm in steamer.
To serve peel husk and of chile bean with cheese.
We at Xochimilco's offer a chile sauce with melted cheese or Chile
Colorado Beef with our own special gravy sauces.
Source: Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant, Sacramento, California