Stacey Lawson Recipe

Tamale Balls

By Stacey Lawson slawson


Rating:
Serves:
Approx. 12
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Method:
Stove Top
Comments:

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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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
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 Step-By-Step

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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Meat Appetizers, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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116 Comments

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Barbara Matisic Bmat
May 12, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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Donna Graffagnino StillWild
Feb 16, 2014
thanks!
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Stacey Lawson slawson
Feb 16, 2014
All purpose flour Donna
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Donna Graffagnino StillWild
Feb 16, 2014
is the flour self rising or all purpose?
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Stacey Lawson slawson
Dec 17, 2013
Ohh, Donna I misunderstood that you only mixed the meat and spices and not the juice. You can certainly make the balls ahead of time and refrigerate. Now I see where your problem came in. Please try them again sometime, I promise they won't let you down