Great tamales can be life changing. Tamales are good any time of year, but especially at Christmastime. Substitute shredded chicken or vegetables for the pork to have more variety.


  • 16 dried corn husks
  • 455 g (1 pound) shredded cooked pork, choose your favorite preparation
  • 340 g (2½ cup) masa harina
  • 420 ml (1¾ cup) water
  • 125 g (½ cup + 1 Tablespoon) lard
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1.9 l (8 cups) water, for steaming
  • your favorite salsa for serving


  1. Soak corn husks in hot water until soft and pliable (about 30 minutes.)
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together masa harina, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Next, in the Vitamix container, combine the water and the lard. Select variable 1 and star the machine. Blend for 30 seconds, or until lard has melted into water.
  4. Stop the machine. Remove the lid plug and add ¼ cup of the masa mixture in. Select variable 4 and begin to pulse. Continue to pulse and add masa mixture until all is combined. Stop the machine.Strain the corn husks and lay out on the work surface. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the masa mixture in the center of each husk, and pat down into a rectangle. Be sure to keep about 1 inch of naked husk around all the edges of the masa.
  5. Add a tablespoon of the shredded pork to the center of the masa.
  6. Next fold in the sides of the husks, then fold down the top and bottom, so you have a rectangle. Secure with butchers twine to ensure they will not open in the steamer.
  7. Heat 8 cups of water in a pan with a steamer insert.
  8. Once water is steaming place the tamales in, single layer and cover with a lid. Steam for 8-10 minutes or until masa is firm to touch. Serve with your favorite sauce.