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Pork for Tamales Recipe

Pork for Tamales

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"A delicious recipe for preparing pork to use in making pork tamales. After the meat is cooked and shredded, mix with salsa and refrigerate overnight. If you are making your own tamale dough, you may want to reserve 1 1/4 cup of the broth before draining."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Trim fat from pork butt. Cut into chunks and place in a large saucepan. Add water, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, peppercorns and chile pepper. Bring to a boil; skim foam from surface. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Drain broth, let meat cool and shred with a fork. Refrigerate overnight if desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 18, 2009

This was ok on it's own, but true Mexican tamale meat has a few more ingredients in it. I used this basic recipe but added 3cl. garlic, cumin, oregano, chile colorado, and I used chicken broth instead of water. It was pretty good, but next time I'll throw in a chipotle chile with mole for a little smokey flavor. This is a great basic recipe to build upon!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 22, 2005

Nothing special.


13 Ratings

Jan 31, 2004

I cooked this for use with tamales, but my children were so enticed by the smell, they kept eating it and wouldn't leave it alone! They just LOVED it, plain.

Dec 26, 2003

This recipe is as close as you can get to authentic...without flying to San Antonio. The recipe works very well with beef.

Dec 22, 2003

This tastes really good. I preferred the pork to beef in tamales when I made both.

Apr 19, 2008

What a great recipe! This is easy to make and good in corn or flour tortillas with a little hot sauce. My family loved it!

Apr 24, 2009

Very nice, very simple. Just ate it in wraps with mesclun and tomatoes. I cut up the onion, not even realizing the recipe didn't call for chopped onion. Will leave the onion in one piece next time!

Aug 31, 2013

This is pretty much how we usually make our pork for tamales but then the pork is mixed with chili sauce, green chiles and cheese so the pork itself doesn't need to be highly seasoned. I question the amount of pork for 16 servings. Is this supposed to be 16 tamales? You might be able to get 16 tamales out of this 1 pound of meat but I doubt it. I usually do 10 lbs at a time. When we are making tamales we don't just make a few.


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  • Calories
  • 32 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.7 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 15 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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