Hot Tamales

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  • 2 to 2 1/2 dozen dried corn husks
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cups boiling water


  1. Place corn husks in a large container; cover with hot water. Let stand 1 to 2 hours or until softened. Drain well; pat dry.
  2. Combine meat, chili powder, and 1 tablespoon salt; mix well.
  3. Combine cornmeal, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, shortening, and boiling water in a large mixing bowl; stir until shortening melts and mixture is well blended.
  4. Place 2 tablespoons cornmeal mixture down center of each husk; spread to within 1/2 inch of edge. Place 2 tablespoons meat mixture on cornmeal, spreading evenly. Fold sides of husk to center, enclosing filling completely. Fold pointed end under; tie with string or strips of corn husk. (If husks are too narrow, overlap 2 husks to make a wide one. If husks are too wide, tear off one side.)
  5. Layer tamales in a large Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer 40 minutes. Drain well. Serve tamales in husks. Remove husks before eating.
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