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Texas-Style Tamales

Texas-Style Tamales


  • 1 (5 pound) Boston pork butt
  • 5 pounds wet masa
  • 1 ounce paprika
  • 1 pound lard
  • Garlic cloves
  • Dried red chiles, as desired
  • Corn husks

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  1. Cook meat with desired garlic and salt until done. Shred meat and fat with fork.
  2. Clean chiles, then boil until soft. Put chiles in blender or food processor and liquefy as much as possible. Mix chile into meat.
  3. Mix masa, lard and paprika and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Clean and soak corn husks until soft.
  5. Take a small ball of dough and spread on corn husk. Spread meat down center of husk. Fold one side over then roll the rest of the way. Fold bottom up and set aside.
  6. Continue until masa or meat has been used.
  7. Put tamales in steamer and cook for about 1 hour.

Prep time: 1 hr | Cook time: 1 hr | Yield: 5 to 6 dozen

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