Tamale Balls

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Stacey Lawson

By
@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.

Rating:
★★★★★ 17 votes
Comments:
Serves:
Approx. 12
Prep:
35 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 30 Min
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
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

How to Make Tamale Balls

Step-by-Step

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

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