Tamale Balls

Stacey Lawson Recipe

By Stacey Lawson slawson

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.


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

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

1
In a large mixing bowl combine the first 11 ingredients to form tamale balls.
2
Form into 1" balls and set aside.
3
In a large pot combine the remaining ingredients for tamale ball sauce.
4
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.
5
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.
  • Comments

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    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! ;)
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    Stacey Lawson slawson - Jan 18, 2010
    It was my husband that came up with the idea of the sandwich, hope you enjoy them.
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    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
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    Esther Cochran ecochran - Jun 25, 2010
    I love the idea of a "grabber" at gatherings.
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    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.