Hot Tamale Meat Balls


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


  1. In a bowl, combine 1/3 cup tomato juice, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic and cayenne.
  2. Add the cornmeal, beef and sausage; mix well. Shape into 1 1/4-inch meatballs.
  3. In a Dutch oven, combine remaining tomato juice, cumin, chili powder and salt. Bring to a boil, add meatballs.
  4. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

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