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Homemade Mexican Pork Tamales

Homemade Mexican Pork Tamales with Weight Watchers Points Recipe

Homemade Mexican Pork Tamales with Weight Watchers Points Recipe.

A favorite Mexican Dinner!

Making Homemade Tamales is intimidating, because it’s a process, but it’s actually not that hard to do. It is time consuming, but it’s doable. Just go step by step. It’s worth it!

Made with pork loin, onion, garlic, California chile pods, corn husks, masa harina, and sour cream.

So, this recipe is not really Weight Watchers Friendly, so proceed with caution.

I got this recipe from my grandmother and it calls for …lard (gasp!). I know the lard can be substituted with oil, but I haven’t tried it yet. I will update when I do.

MyWW Points: 8 Green Plan (Smart Points)

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Homemade Tamales with Weight Watchers Points

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Homemade Tamales with Weight Watchers Points

Ingredients you will need:

How to make:

  1. Using a Dutch oven, add pork, onion, garlic, and water to cover.
  2. Over medium/high heat bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 2 hours or until pork is fully cooked through.
  3. Wearing heavy duty rubber gloves, prepare the chile pods by removing the stems and the seeds.
  4. In a saucepan, add 2 cups water and prepared chile pods.
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes uncovered. Remove from stove to cool. (Don’t discard the water)
  6. Pour contents of saucepan into a blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Using a fine mesh colander, strain
  8. Stir in salt. Set aside
  9. Using Shredding Claws, or a fork, shred the pork.
  10. Add one cup of prepared chile sauce and mix in.
  11. In a bowl of warm water, add the corn husks to soak until soft.
  12. In a large mixing bowl, add lard, and 1 tablespoon of the beef broth. beat until fluffy.
  13. In a small mixing bowl, add baking powder, masa harina, and salt. Stir to mix.
  14. Beat masa harina mix into the lard mix. Add a little broth at a time until it becomes a spongy dough.
  15. On the softened corn husks, spread dough to be ¼ to ½ inch thick.
  16. Add 1 tablespoon of pork to the center.
  17. Fold in all sides of the husks to enclose the dough.
  18. Steam the tamales for 1 hour.
  19. Remove the corn husks from the tamales. Dress by drizzling the rest of the chile sauce on top.
  20. Top with sour cream

Equipment you will need:

Dutch Oven
Heavy Duty Gloves
Saucepan
Blender
Fine Mesh Colander
Shredding Claws
Mixing Bowl
Large Bowl
Small Mixing Bowl
Electric Mixer
Steamer


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Homemade Tamales with Weight Watchers Points

Homemade Mexican Pork Tamales

Nesting Lane
Homemade Tamales with Weight Watchers Points Recipe. A favorite Mexican Dinner! Made with pork loin, onion, garlic, California chile pods, corn husks, masa harina, and sour cream. MyWW Points: 8 Green Plan (Smart Points)
5 from 41 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 16

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Using a Dutch oven, add pork, onion, garlic, and water to cover.
  • Over medium/high heat bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 2 hours or until pork is fully cooked through.
  • Wearing heavy duty rubber gloves, prepare the chile pods by removing the stems and the seeds.
  • In a saucepan, add 2 cups water and prepared chile pods.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes uncovered. Remove from stove to cool. (Don't discard the water)
  • Pour contents of saucepan into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Using a fine mesh colander, strain
  • Stir in salt. Set aside
  • Using Shredding Claws, or a fork, shred the pork.
  • Add one cup of prepared chile sauce and mix in.
  • In a bowl of warm water, add the corn husks to soak until soft.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add lard, and 1 tablespoon of the beef broth. beat until fluffy.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add baking powder, masa harina, and salt. Stir to mix.
  • Beat masa harina mix into the lard mix. Add a little broth at a time until it becomes a spongy dough.
  • On the softened corn husks, spread dough to be ¼ to ½ inch thick.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of pork to the center.
  • Fold in all sides of the husks to enclose the dough.
  • Steam the tamales for 1 hour.
  • Remove the corn husks from the tamales. Dress by drizzling the rest of the chile sauce on top.
  • Top with sour cream

Notes

MyWW Points: 8 Green Plan
8 WW Smart Points
Omit sour cream for lower points.
Yield: 16 Tamales
We are not associated with Weight Watchers/WW in any way.
Double check points on their official calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 235.9kcalCarbohydrates: 12.6gProtein: 9.1gFat: 16.6gSaturated Fat: 6.9gCholesterol: 36.8mgSodium: 401.1mgPotassium: 216.7mgFiber: 2.1gCalcium: 60.3mgIron: 1.4mg
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