Paleo Shredded Pork Tamale

Prep Time: 10 Minutes     Cook Time: 10 Hours in a Slow Cooker     Yields: 4-5 Servings

I wasn’t sure what to call this since it in no way looks like a tamale, but it tastes like on in all the best ways. So paleo shredded pork tamale seemed like the closes description for the dish.

I tried this paleo experiment on a whim when I ran across corn husks in the supermarket. I know corn isn’t paleo, but could you use cornhusks for flavor? And if you mixed it with the spices it might just taste like a tamale without all the extra fat and without the grains. I’m pleased to say this experiment turned out wonderfully.

I made this dish quite simply in a crockpot and with relatively few ingredients. I did use ground achiote, because that’s my new favorite ingredient. But I’ll give you a substitute spice that will work in case you don’t want to buy that. Good luck and enjoy!

Ingredients for Paleo Shredded Pork Tamale

  • 2 Lbs Pork roast meat
  • 1 Red onion
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Orange
  • 2 Limes
  • 2 Tsp Ground Achiote
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 2 Tsp Sea salt
  • 5 Dried corn husks

Making the Paleo Shredded Pork Tamale

I made the paleo shredded pork tamale for dinner. But because I don’t like handling garlic in the morning, I did all the prep for this the night before.

To prep, I simply diced the onion and garlic cloves. Then I mixed them with the juice from the orange and limes. I added the mixture along with the spices to a Ziploc bag with the meat and corn husks. Then I sealed it up nicely with little air inside the back and stuck it in the refrigerator.

The next morning I emptied the bag into the crockpot and set it on low to cook for 10 hours. About 1 hour before I served it, I used to a fork to shred the meat (quite easy once it cooks that long) and let it sit in the juices until I was ready to eat it.

The meat is moist, but not too moist, and so delicious.

I served it with fried plantains and some chopped cilantro. A wonderful, easy meal.