Please read entire recipe before starting
In addition to this kit, you will need to purchase:
- 4 pounds of coarse ground pork, chicken, or beef
- 1 pound of lard
- 6 cups masa flour (about 2 pounds)
Place corn shucks in warm water to soak and soften while preparing other ingredients.
- 4lb coarse ground pork
- meat spice packet
Brown pork and then add spice mix and enough water to cover. Cook until very tender, about 1 hour. Drain broth and save as part of liquid for masa.
- 6 cups Masa flour
- 5 cups water, broth or stock
- masa spice packet
- 1# lard, melted
By hand or in a heavy mixer, blend the masa, liquid and spices well. Continue mixing while adding the melted lard. Be sure all is well mixed. If you want to use prepared wet masa, start with four pounds, and only add the spices and lard.
Stack in large pot with spacer such as aluminum foil, steamer screen or inverted bowl and a few additional shucks to raise tamales off bottom. Add three cups water to pot and steam slowly for 1 hour until ready. Add additional water for steaming if needed. Let cool slightly before eating.
This recipe makes about 5 dozen.