Chef LaLa's Mexican Red Chile Tamales

    A traditional Mexican holiday dish filled with corn masa, tender braised pork and some added spice from dry chiles.

    A classically trained chef, certified nutritionist and sought-after spokeswoman who runs her own high-end catering business, SAVOR!, in Los Angeles, Chef LaLa regularly doles out her savvy solutions for better living at conferences worldwide and on international and national television, including NBC’s TODAY! show, Martha Stewart, Dr. Oz, Univision and CNN en Español, and as an expert on America Now. 

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    Ingredients
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    4
    to 5 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into small pieces
    7
    cloves
    garlic
    1/2
    medium white onion
    1
    tablespoon
    kosher salt
    6
    dry New Mexico chiles, soaked, peeled, stem removed
    3
    pounds
    prepared masa
    *
    corn husks, soaked in warm water for 2 hours
    Directions
    Step 1
    Place pork and 5 cups of water in a stock pot to cook over medium heat.
    Step 2
    Put 6 cloves garlic, 1/4 onion, 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoon salt to a blender; puree until smooth. Add mixture to stock pot and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Cover, cook for an additional 30 minutes. Strain and reserve the liquid. Return pork to the pot.
    Step 3
    In the meantime, soak the chiles for 20 minutes in hot water. Drain when chiles are soft and discard the water. Remove seeds and tops. Put in blender with remaining 1 clove garlic, remaining 1/4 onion, chiles, 3 cups strained pork stock and remaining 1 teaspoon salt; puree until smooth.
    Step 4
    Pour sauce mixture over pork. Cook over medium heat, covered for 10 minutes.
    Step 5
    Set aside to cool. Refrigerate the filling for a more “manageable” filling because the sauce will be thicker.
    Step 6
    After the corn husks are soft, take some of them out of the water, shake the water off and lay them on the counter on a towel.
    Step 7
    Spoon masa on the center of a corn husk. With the back of a spoon. Spread 1/8-to-1/4-inch thick. Add a small amount of filling and bring the sides of the corn husks together, folding so that it encloses the filling. Twist the ends of the tamale and secure by tying with small strip of corn husk. Wax paper can be used as an additional wrap.
    Step 8
    Place tamales in a steamer or on a rack in a pot deep enough to steam. Add water just below the steamer, cover with a tight fitting lid and steam about 1 hour. Add water as needed to maintain water level. Tamales are ready when masa pulls away from husks. A thin cloth can be used under the lid to make a tighter fit.
    Tip:
    For healthier tamales trim all excess fat from meat before cooking.
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    Serving Size: 
    1 tamale
    Serving Per Recipe: 
    48
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    165 mins
    Prep Time: 
    45 mins
    Cook Time: 
    120 mins
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