Best Basic Tamales Recipe

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30 dried corn husks, preferably with rounded bases

1 cup (8 ounces) pork lard, (see note)

3 cups tamal flour

2 cups barely hot water (about 110°F), (see note)

1 teaspoon fine salt, or 2 teaspoons kosher salt

2/3 cup vegetable oil

5 cups filling, such as pork or shredded chicken in any of the mole or adobo sauces, or Sautéed Spinach and Mushrooms

Sautéed Spinach and Mushrooms

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