Pork sweetened with raisins fills these tasty tamales. The banana leaf wrappers give them even more flavor.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 12 servings
1/2 cup lard
1-3/4 cups masa harina
1 tsp. CALUMET Baking Powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1-2/3 cups warm water
1/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1 lb. ground pork
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup pitted green olives
1 lb. banana leaves, cut into 12 (8-inch-long) pieces
1/3 cup red salsa
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Let's Make It
Beat first 4 ingredients in large bowl with mixer on low speed until blended. Gradually add water, beating well after each addition until light and fluffy.
Heat dressing in medium skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat and chili powder; cook 5 min. or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in raisins and olives; cook 2 min. Remove from heat.
Spread about 1/3 cup masa dough into 5x3-inch rectangle down center of each of 12 banana leaf pieces. Top each with 1/3 cup meat mixture. Fold in sides of leaves to completely enclose filling. Tie closed with strips cut from some of the remaining banana leaves.
Pour 3 cups water into tamalera pot or 8-qt. stockpot fitted with steamer basket. Line bottom of tamlera liner or steamer basket with some of the remaining banana leaves. Add tamales, overlapping as necessary to fit; cover with remaining leaves or damp kitchen towel. Cover with lid. Bring water to boil on medium-high heat; simmer on medium-low heat 1 hour or until tamales pull away from leaves, adding more boiling water to pan and adjusting heat as necessary to maintain a gentle boil. Serve tamales topped with salsa.
Make sure tamales are not touching the water as they cook. To avoid burning bottom of tamalera or pot, add several coins to the water. Coins will rattle throughout the cooking time. If rattling stops, you need to add more water to the pot.
Prepare using lean ground beef.
Substitute shortening for the lard.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fibers 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.