Pork Chile Verde Tamales

Pork Chile Verde Tamales
Level
Intermediate
Prep
30 minutes
Cook
135 minutes
Servings
20 tamales
  • Celebrate the season with tender pork tamales in a spicy and tangy tomatillo sauce. Enjoy them freshly made or freeze for an impromptu family gathering at a later date.

The Secret Ingredient

Ingredients

  • 30 corn husks for tamales
  • 9 ounces (about 8) tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 2 serrano chiles
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon MAGGI Granulated Chicken Flavor Bouillon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 pound pork loin, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 5 cups (2 1/2 pounds) prepared masa for tamales

Make It

Step 1

Soak corn husks in hot water for at least 1 hour.

Step 2

Combine tomatillos, chiles and enough water to cover in a 3-quart stock pot. Heat over medium-high heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until tomatillos begin to darken. Remove from heat and drain.

Step 3

Place cooked tomatillos, chiles, cilantro, onion, garlic and ½ teaspoon bouillon in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Step 4

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pork cubes; season with coffee granules and remaining ½ teaspoon bouillon. Cook, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Step 5

Add half of the tomatillo salsa to pork. Stir in evaporated milk; cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool.

Step 6

Place 1 corn husk on a flat surface, pointy side down. Spread ¼ cup masa over husk; top with 1 ½ tablespoons pork mixture.

Step 7

Fold sides over filling. Fold pointy side under.

Step 8

Repeat with remaining husks and pork mixture.

Step 9

Fill a large, deep pot with 2 to 3 inches of water. Cover the bottom and sides with a layer of corn husks. Stand tamales in the pot with open side up. If pot is too big, put a mug or small bowl inside to ensure tamales stay upright.

Step 10

Cover tamales with remaining husks and damp towel; cover with lid. Bring water to boil. Reduce heat to medium, adding water as needed. Steam for 80 minutes or until masa pulls away from husk.

Step 11

Serve with remaining tomatillo salsa.