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Bean Soup with Tamale Dumplings

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chili seasoning mix
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili seasoning mix
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans Mexi-Beans

Instructions

  1. Cook ground pork and the 1/4 cup chopped onion until meat is done.
  2. Drain and stir in 1 tablespoon chili seasoning mix; set aside to cool.
  3. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the 1 cup water and stir until mixture is combined. Divide cornmeal into 16 portions. With lightly floured hands, shape each portion around a teaspoonful of meat mixture.
  4. In Dutch oven, cook together bacon, the remaining onion and garlic until onion is tender.
  5. Stir in the remaining chili seasoning mix, 4 cups water and bouillon granules.
  6. Stir in Mexi-Beans and the remaining meat mixture. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to simmer.
  7. Add dumplings, cover tightly and simmer for 20 minutes.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings