Recipe by Abby Falck
Don't use butter instead of lard; the texture is too soft and it won't cream properly. If you must substitute, use vegetable shortening.
Top Review by Chef Paula #4
As soon as I saw this I just had to try it. Needed a change from my normal Pork Tamales and i really am glad that I did. These were outstanding-I used chicken thighs because we prefer them and couldn't find the mexican cheese so I substituted Monterey Jack and cut into little tiny cubes. I did have tons of the mesa leftover but no biggie just made tortillas out of it. These were a true hit that everyone enjoyed-will be making again so I can keep a supply in the freezer.
- 6 ounces corn husks
- 1 lb cooked chicken meat, shredded
- 8 ounces canned diced green chiles
- 10 ounces queso fresco, crumbled
- 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
- 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 scallions, sliced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 6 cups masa harina
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup lard, room temperature
- 3 -4 cups low sodium chicken broth
Directions See How It's Made
- Fill a large bowl or pot with warm water. Put the corn husks in the water and weight them down so they stay immersed.
- Combine all filling ingredients. Set aside.
- Combine masa, baking powder, and salt.
- In a standing mixer, beat the lard until it becomes light and fluffy.
- Gradually mix in dry ingredients.
- Slowly add chicken broth just until a soft dough forms.
- To assemble the tamales, put a spoonful of dough on the smooth side of a corn husk, smooth it down to a thin layer (1/8"-1/4" thick), and put a smaller spoonful of filling on the dough. Bring the two sides of the husk together so that the dough rolls around the filling and the husk overlaps itself. Fold up the bottom and tie it with a bit of string or a strand of corn husk.
- Set the tamales open end up in a steamer or colander. Put the steamer in a large pot with some water in the bottom. The water musn't touch the tamales. Cover tightly and steam over medium heat for 90-120 minutes.
- Once cooked, tamales can be kept in the freezer. To reheat, put in a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and cook on high for about one minute per tamale.