Roasted Pork Tamales With Salsa Verde Filling

Recipe by Witch Doctor
READY IN: 5hrs 20mins


  • For the Tamale Dough
  • 2
    cups maseca cornflour, for tamales (Maseca is the brand name, it is Mexican corn flour)
  • 2
    cups warm water or 2 cups stock
  • 1
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 5 13
  • 5 13
    tablespoons butter
  • 12
    dry corn husks
  • For the Roast Pork with Salsa Verde Filling
  • 2
    lbs pork (boneless shoulder works best)
  • 2
    tablespoons vegetable oil
  • For the Salsa Verde (use 1 quart)
  • 10
  • 1
    medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 6
    garlic cloves, stem removed
  • 2
    jalapenos or 2 serrano peppers
  • 12
    cup chopped cilantro
  • 2
    tablespoons lime juice
  • salt, to taste


  • For the Tamale Dough:
  • In a mixer add corn flour, water, baking powder, salt, butter and shortening. Mix at medium speed for about 3 minutes until mixture becomes light and fluffy.
  • Spread 2 ounces of tamale dough on each corn husk and place 1 1/2 ounces of pork filling in the center of each. Fold corn husk and place into a steamer for 1 hour. Allow time to rest and serve warm.
  • For the Roast Pork with Salsa Verde Filling:
  • Heat medium-sized roasting pan, add vegetable oil, and add pork which has been cut into cubes about 2 inches by 2 inches and seasoned on all sides with salt and pepper.
  • Sear pork to a golden brown on all sides.
  • Add salsa Verde and chicken broth. Cover and place in a 300-degree oven for about 1 1/2 hours, or until meat is very tender.
  • Remove pork from liquid and cool.
  • Pull meat, shredding it into small pieces, then brown lightly in a sauté pan and add cooking liquid. Season to taste.
  • For the Salsa Verde:
  • In a medium pot bring 3 quarts of water to a boil, then add tomatillos, onions, jalapenos and garlic. Simmer for 5 minutes and drain.
  • Place ingredients in a blender with cilantro, lime juice and salt; puree.
  • Return pureed mixture to sauce pot and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Adjust seasoning as needed.