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Hot Tamale Meatballs Recipe

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"This zippy appetizer is my family's favorite dish using cumin," reports Darlene Babineaux of Arabi, Louisiana.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups tomato juice, divided
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
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  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 156 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 650 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup tomato juice, cornmeal, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic and cayenne. Add the beef and sausage and mix well. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls.
  2. In a dutch oven, combine the remaining tomato juice, cumin, chili powder and salt; bring to a boil. Add meatballs; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Hot Tamale Meatballs in Taste of Home February/March 1999, p57

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 156 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 650 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

I made this for the first time and absolutely LOVED it! They have amazing flavor!!!

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

I recommend that you use 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper for those that like spicy but not hot...but if you like hot use 1/2 tsp.

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

Great receipe! Everytime we have a pot luck dinner at work someone requests that I make these meatballs and I have printed out several copies of this receipe for coworkers. Now that it is Super Bowl time....which we are hosting by the way...I am getting requests for this receipe for Super Bowl parties so if you are planning a party this receipe is a must!

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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010
I made this recipe several years ago.  The flavors are great, but the pepper amounts must be misprinted.  It was so unbearably hot, only a few people dared to try it.  It's a great recipe, but reduce those spices. 
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