How to make it

  • Discard stems and seeds of dried chiles.
  • Rinse chiles in a colander and place chiles in a medium pot.
  • Add 2 quarts water and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer until chiles are soft, 20-25 minutes. Drain chiles.
  • Reserve 3 cups of liquid.
  • In a skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until soft.
  • Place chiles, garlic, onion and cumin in a blender with 2 cups of reserved liquid. Puree to a smooth sauce.
  • Force sauce through a fine sieve or food mill to remove skin and any missed seeds. Transfer to a saucepan.
  • Add remaining 1 cup liquid, and simmer about 45 minutes.
  • Add cooked meat and simmer 15 more minutes. Add salt to taste.
  • Drain corn husks. Spread about 1/4 cup masa on the smooth side of 1 corn husk (if you spread it on the other side, it may stick). Spread it across the wider end, covering it from side to side and extending approximately halfway to the narrow tip.
  • Add about 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of chile mixture in the center.
  • Fold right edge to the center, and fold the left side over it.
  • Then fold narrow end even with the wide end.
  • Press ends together to seal contents. Repeat with remaining corn husks, masa and filling.
  • Cook tamales in a tamale steamer or in a conventional steamer. Line tray or basket with corn husks; place tamales on top.
  • The tamales should not come in contact with the water.
  • To prevent steamer from drying out, put a coin in the bottom of the steamer. You will hear it clinking as long as there is boiling water in the steamer.
  • Steam tamales for about 1 hour. They are done when the masa no longer sticks to the corn husks when tamales are unrolled.

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    " It was excellent "
    rescue_ranger ate it and said...
    Killer recipe it is very similar to one that a grand mother from Mexico city taught me when she was visiting her grandson who was a very good friend of mine she would add the ingredients to a large cast iron Dutch oven and slow cook the pork for hours till it fell apart, pulling the pork out and letting the broth cool to remove some of the fat from the top she would shred the pork add it back to the broth and reheat till it came to a simmer and cook for about 15 to 20 min then remove it and let it cool as she made her masa dough.
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  • ttaaccoo 9 years ago
    Love love love tamales!! Do you ever put a black olive (with pit) inside?

    when i was a vegetarian, I made black bean tamales. also yummy!
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  • knoxcop 10 years ago
    Wow--these are labor intensive! We have a lady here that makes hundreds of them at a time. She's a better woman than I am, lol! I could eat 20 of the dough soooo much!
    Thanks for this!
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    " It was excellent "
    donman ate it and said...
    This really sounds good. I'm definitely going to have to try it :)
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