Pulled Pork Tamales

Pulled Pork Tamales
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  • Total: 95 mins
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
408 Calories
29g Fat
23g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 408
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 1150mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 14g
Calcium 106mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is an excellent way to use up leftover pulled pork. While it already flavorful, it doesn't hurt to add some extra ingredients.  Try these tamales the next time you have extra pulled pork on hand. I guarantee that it will become a fast favorite. You will need corn husks to wrap the tamales.


  • For the Filling:
  • 4 cups/950 mL pulled pork
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup/160 mL chicken stock (or beef)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL cumin (powdered)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL fennel seeds (crushed)
  • For the Tamale Dough:
  • 2 cups/475 mL masa flour
  • 2 cups/475 mL chicken broth (lukewarm)
  • 2/3 cup/160 mL shortening (whipped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Place corn husks in a large pot or in your sink and fill with water. Since the husks will float, weigh them down with a plate or whatever you have on hand. They will take at least an hour to get sufficiently soft enough to work with.
  3. Add two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and fry onions and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add remaining filling ingredients and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine two cups of masa flour with 1 teaspoon/5 mL of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL of salt. Mix together. Now slowly pour in two cups of lukewarm chicken broth and mix into a sticky dough. Combine 2/3 cup/160 mL of whipped shortening or lard to the masa dough and mix until even.
  5. Start with a corn husk leaf laid out flat on a clean surface. Depending on the size of the corn husk, place about two tablespoons of the masa dough on the corn husk and spread it out evenly. You want to leave about a pencil's thickness clear around the edges. The masa dough needs to be evenly distributed. Add filling and try to get it into an even line down the middle of the masa dough. Roll tamales. You can secure the ends with a string, or simply fold the edges.
  1. Place tamales into a steamer that is secured in a large stock pot. Make sure that the tamales don't touch water, but are exposed to very hot steam for about 45-60 minutes. Remove steamer from pot and allow tamales to sit a few minutes before opening husks.