Tamales are a popular dish in many Hispanic households around Christmas time. They can be a lot of work, especially if making a larger batch, so often the whole family would get involved in the cooking process.
I’ve had store bought tamales, but I didn’t like them nearly as much as these I made fresh. My son liked the tamales because they’re flavorful, and he could pick up the whole thing to take a bite of it.
Of course, it can crumble apart, so I recommend putting your kids in a high chair. (I always learn this lesson the hard way.)
The whole process is rather time consuming. You can save time by cooking the pork a day ahead of time.
You could also set the slow cooker in the morning before you go to work and have pork ready to shred by the time you get home.
I made extra pork and we served it with yellow rice. The chili sauce makes it really flavorful.