Pork Tamale Bites a Perfect Holiday Appetizer

by Jennifer Wieland
Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias
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Tamales are something that I always associate with the holidays. My grandma and great-aunt would each have tamales made at their houses for Christmas. We would visit both of them over the holidays and get our fill. It wasn’t until my grandma passed away that I realized I never asked her to teach me how to make them. Thankfully, her sister was more than willing to teach me how to make them. It involved a lot of her going you add this much of this and that much of that. Handfuls of things since she’d been making them for decades. I’ve now got it down pat though and at some point during the holidays I will hold a tamale making party and my family comes over. We cook, eat, drink, talk and just have a really great time hanging out with each other. At the end of the party everyone leaves with tamales to eat or freeze. To cut out all of that though I came up with these bite size variations, Pork Tamale Bites a perfect holiday appetizer..

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To get the ball rolling on this appetizer I headed to my local Pete’s Fresh Market and picked up everything I would need to make the Pork Tamale Bites. I was able to get everything from the produce and meat to the canned La Morena Jalapeños and Maseca® Corn Flour.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

 

The first thing that you need to do to make these Pork Tamale Bites is to cook the pork.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Once the pork has reached the point of falling apart you will need to shred it with two forks. This can be done well ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator or frozen.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Now, you can make the sauce for the pork. This is easy to do in your blender or food processor. Just blend until smooth. Once again, this can be done ahead of time.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Add the sauce to your meat and stir to coat.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Next up, it’s time to make the tamale masa. This is so easy to do and just takes a few minutes. When it’s done it should look like thick pancake batter.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Press the tamale masa into the cavities of a mini muffin/cupcake pan.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Add your meat in the sauce to the masa cavities.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

When the cooking is almost complete sprinkle on some cheese and finish baking.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Let the cooked Pork Tamale Bites cool for about five minutes. Use a butter knife around the edge of the Pork Tamale Bites to loosen and then remove them from the pan.

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Now you can plate, serve and wow your guests!

Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Now, snag your copy of the recipe and delight your guests with some amazing appetizers!

Pork Tamale Bites
Serves 12
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165 calories
8 g
36 g
9 g
12 g
3 g
150 g
388 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
150g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 36mg
12%
Sodium 388mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
11%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the meat
  1. 1 lb. pork chops
  2. 1 small Spanish onion, quartered
  3. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  4. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  5. 1 14 oz. can vegetable broth
For the sauce
  1. 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce seasoned with onion, garlic & cilantro
  2. 3 pickled jalapeno peppers, La Morena brand
  3. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  4. 1/4 tsp. Mexican oregano
  5. 1/8 tsp. cumin
For the tamale masa
  1. 2/3 c. masa (I use Maseca brand)
  2. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1/4 c. lard or vegetable shortening
  5. 5-6 oz. warm water
To assemble
  1. 1/2 c. Mexican cheese blend
For the meat
  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the meat portion in a pot and simmer covered until so tender it falls apart or can easily be shredded with forks.
For the sauce
  1. In a blender or food processor combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Blend until smooth.
For the tamale masa
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the masa, baking powder, salt and 5 oz. of the water. Stir to combine. Thoroughly stir in the lard. Add the rest of the water if needed.
To assemble
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and press the prepared tamale masa (about 1 1/2 tsp.) into the cavities of a mini muffin/cupcake pan. Fill the tamale masa cups with meat and sauce mix. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Use a butter knife around the edges to loosen and then remove from pan and plate.
Notes
  1. You can serve with a dollop of sour cream on the top.
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calories
165
fat
9g
protein
12g
carbs
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 4-20 so things are always crazy with everything from preschool, to autism, to college. She tries to bake, craft and blog her way through all of the craziness that life throws her way.

3 Responses to “Pork Tamale Bites a Perfect Holiday Appetizer”

  1. 1
    Marlene says:

    These look so good and so fun to make! #client

  2. 2
    Susan G says:

    Are the muffin pans sprayed/greased at all of are we relying on the lard in the masa?

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