Traditionally, tamales are made from scraping whatever meat can be found on a pig or cow head.
Forget that, just use pulled pork or chicken cooked up with some diced hot peppers , onions and such. Also forget the lard that most recipes call for. Instead, use good oil, butter or margarine; and less of it.
Dr. Mark (STL)
Ph.D. (honorary) Bovine $hitology
A thin line separates paranoia from an acute understanding of reality.