Tamale Balls

Recipe Rating:
 16 Ratings
Serves: Approx. 12
Prep Time:
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 1/2 lb ground pork
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1 1/2 c corn meal
3/4 c apple juice
1/2 c flour
2 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp cajun seasoning
60 oz V8 Juice
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cajun seasoning
1 tsp sugar

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Stacey Lawson Recipe
Full Flavored
New Orleans, LA (pop. 343,829)
Member Since Jan 2010
Stacey's notes for this recipe:
Whenever we have a get together I am asked to bring tamale balls. Here in New Orleans hot tamales are a delicacy. Tamale balls are very spicy and very delicious cousin to the hot tamale. They are a great appetizer but you can also put a few on a roll and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and you have a very spicy sandwich.
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What a great appetizer! Imagine all the yummy deliciousness of a tamale in a bite-size package. These do have a bit of a kick, so adjust the heat to your liking.


In a large mixing bowl combine the first 11 ingredients to form tamale balls.
Form into 1" balls and set aside.
In a large pot combine the remaining ingredients for tamale ball sauce.
Add formed balls to sauce and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until tamale balls are fully cooked. Tamale balls will increase in size due to the cornmeal and become like a tamale.
Alternate Cooking Directions:
Follow steps one and two, and then combine sauce in a large slow cooker and add formed balls. Cook on high for five to six hours or until tamale balls are fully cooked.

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user Elizabeth H luv2cook2 - Jan 8, 2010
This sounds good. My husband loves spicy foods so I will have to try this. I like the idea of making it into a sandwich......"Cajun meatball sandwich" on a crusty sub-roll! ;)
user Stacey Lawson slawson - Jan 18, 2010
It was my husband that came up with the idea of the sandwich, hope you enjoy them.
user Deborah Carswell Debbie66 - Jan 31, 2010
this recipe is sooo great.....i made them one day and gave all my friends samples...they loved it....thanks for a scrumptious recipe.....and you are right its makes quanities...thank you
user Esther Cochran ecochran - Jun 25, 2010
I love the idea of a "grabber" at gatherings.
user Eddie Jordan EDWARDCARL - Dec 13, 2010
Hi Stacey, This tamale ball recipe looks like a hit to me, sounds great I put this on my recipe box so I don't lose the recipe. Making it seal soon.

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