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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Smoked Chipotle Pork Tamales

I used part of the Zaaschila chipotle cremosa smoked pork to make a batch of tamales for the weekend..

I let my corn husks soak in water overnight.....

Sauteed some onion, minced jalapeno and garlic til tender, then added some of the smoked pork and a small amount of chili sauce.

Mixed my masa with warm water and salt, beat in enough lard to make the masa light enough to float..

Then started building my tamales......

I used a basket to steam them. It works fine.

I place a couple of balls of foil in the bottom of a large pot, to keep the rack of tamales out of the water.

I place the rack of tamales in the pot, cover and steam for about 45 minutes. Until the masa easily pulls away from the husk.

They were sooooo goooood. :)

I ate tamales all weekend and still had plenty to stash away in the freezer for later.


Rocco said...

wow those look mighty good CG!
did you get a vaccuum sealer for your freeser food projects ?

p.s. that bull of yours looks bad ass!

Big Dude said...

Zaaschila chipotle cremosa - Those must be your new favorite three words :). The tamales look fantastic. I may have ask this before, but if you cook for the ranch hands, could you use an old one - I don't ranch but could wash dishes for food.

Ken said...

Jeanie, You are an amazing woman. I always know where to go for new and exciting recipes. Thank you and keep up the the great pics of your life... :)


Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

absolutely fabulous... And so easy sounding, yet very impressive... some Guacamole and sour cream and I am there

great post

Chez said...

hay cowgirl ... you wanna git married? huhhh????

Chris said...

They look even better on your blog than they do on the forum. Ever notice that?

These look so awesome and sound so easy that I'm going to have to make some soon. These would go perfect with a bowl of chili!

cowgirl said...

Thanks Rocco!
No I haven't gotten a sealer yet. I bet I would use one a lot. :)
Number 38 is a bad boy. lol He's really a sweetheart but I keep my eye on him. :)

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

I just love tamales and these make me hungry for them!

cowgirl said...

lol Big Dude, Thanks!
I am starting to sound like a Zaaschila commercial. :)
I could always use a dishwasher!!

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

I've heard the phrase "hot tamale" before but never did really know what they were. That's an intersting looking snack Jeanie. I'll bet they are tastey.

cowgirl said...

Ken, it's good to see you. Hope all is well on the east coast. Haven't heard from you for awhile but always wonder if you're doing ok.
Thanks Ken!

cowgirl said...

A Year on the Grill, Thank you!
I happen to have some guacamole and sour cream... better hurry before the tamales are gone. lol

cowgirl said...

lol Chez, heck no but we can live in sin. JUST KIDDING! lolol

Thanks Chez. :)

cowgirl said...

Chris, Thank you! Chili does sound good! Did you see the breakfast recipe Bob mentioned using tamales? I'm going to give it a try... sounded great!

Thanks again Chris!

cowgirl said...

Thank you South Dakota Cowgirl! They were pretty tasty with the smoked pork. I wish I would have made a bigger batch of them. :)

cowgirl said...

Mark, they really are tasty!
I'm starting to worry about've never tried tamales and have not tried brisket. I'm going to have to send a care package of food for you to try. :)

Thanks Mark!

Tarheel Bill said...

Hi Jeanie
You make it sound so easy. I have never had tamale. You take them out of the corn husk to eat right? Where do you get the corn husk. Don't think I have ever seen them in a grocery store. Usin folk in North Carolina throw the husk away and we don't see a lot of tamales in these parts.

Anonymous said...

i felt guilty for enjoying your blog so much without at least leaving a comment. i just started a grilling blog this summer, so i'm still a bit new to this, but your creativity is definitely inspiring. Your new orleans style bbq shrimp is one of my favorites

cowgirl said...

Bill, they are pretty tasty! You do throw the husk away, it's used as a wrapper while steaming the tamales. You can use foil, but I like the added flavor from the husks.
The grocery stores carry them here. Hope you get to try them sometime! :)
Thanks Bill!

cowgirl said...

Hi Brian!
Thanks for stopping in!! Glad to hear you liked the shrimp, hope you give the recipe a try sometime. They are spicy but you can cut the heat down if needed.
Your blog looks great! Lots of good looking food you have grilled up.:)
Looking forward to seeing what all you cook.
Thanks Brian! :)