Green Chili Pork Tamales

We always look forward to our Christmas Eve Mexican Buffet and the long standing traditions that have been established in our family.  There is nothing like a great homemade Tamale and all the trimmings. Every year I try to make a new Tamale to add to the menu.  This year I am presenting a Green Chili Pork Tamale and I am very excited to share it with you today.

Green Chili Pork Tamales

Green Chili Pork Tamales at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Green Chili Pork Tamales
Miz Helen's Kitchen 
The Filling 
2 1/2 lb. Boston Butt Pork Roast
The Rub
Mix the following ingredients for a rub
2 tsp Kosher Salt
2 tsp fresh ground pepper 
1 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 cups chopped Green Chile's
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups water
For The Sear
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Wash the Roast and pat it dry cover the Roast with the rub.
  • Sear the Roast in 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a very hot skillet
  • Place the Roast in the warm Slow Cooker pan.
  • Add the Green Chile's, Garlic,  and the water.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours
  • Take the Roast out and let it stand for 5 minutes,then pull the meat apart with forks
The Tamale Dough
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Makes 12 Tamale
2 cups Masa Harina
2 cups Boiling Water
11 tablespoons vegetable shortening or Lard chilled
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/2 cup chicken stock, chilled
  • In a mixer with paddle attachment mix the Masa Harina, cumin, and Cayenne pepper
  • Add the boiling water in a steady stream to the mixing bowl while the mixer is on medium speed. Continue to mix until the dough forms a ball. Continue to mix  for five minutes.
  • Transfer the dough ball to a clean bowl and refrigerate the dough for one hour.
  • Returning the dough to the mixer, beat the dough on medium to high for five more minutes.
  • With the mixer running add the vegetable shortening 2 tablespoons at a time and mix well with each addition until the entire shortening amount has been added and the mixture is smooth.
  • Combine the salt baking powder and chilled Chicken stock, slowing adding the mixture to the dough while the mixer is running. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Prepare the Tamale
  • Fill the prepared Corn Husks with the dough 
  • Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of the filling down the center of the dough
  • Roll and tie the Tamale
  • Steam the Tamale 1 hour 
Print Recipe

Green Chili Pork Tamales at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

 If this is your first time to make Tamales you might want to check out the Christmas Eve Tamale Tutorial that is linked at the bottom of this post.

Green Chili Pork Tamales at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
 Serving with Mexican Rice Casserole


You Might  Like To Visit Our Other Tamale Recipes And The Tutorial At These links

We are wishing you and your family the Happiest Holy Days and may the joy of this season be with you though out the year.
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen 

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. This sounds to me like the PERFECT tradition!

  2. Wow ... Can I come to your house Miz Helen?! LOL. This sounds so good!! Pinned to try.

  3. I love pork tamales, thank you for the recipe. I can't wait to try them.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  4. Wow! That looks like a great tamale recipe. I am going to have to try it out sometime. For a fun twist try using some quality powdered New Mexico Green Chile. I think you will find the flavor is superb. I have found that these guys have a good selection:
    Keep up the great work, I love your recipes!

  5. Wow, these would have a kick! I'd love to swap in beans or tofu for a meatless dish :) My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe and any others at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! It doesn't mean that you have to be a gluten free bloggers. If you have some recipes on your blog that are gluten free that counts! :) Many recipes are naturally gluten free.
    Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the "glutenfree bloggers" tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy :)


    1. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

      Be sure to check out the winning entry this week for our Better Batter Giveaway! The winner will be announced Thursday evening!

      See you there!

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