New Orleans Hot Tamales

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is for a request of Hot Tamales. My mom used to make these, at least I think this is the recipe she used to use. :-) I am unsure of how many this makes, maybe a few dozen. (Recipe is from Chef Frank Davis:

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Start off by sautéing the ground beef and onions until the beef browns and the onions become tender.
  2. At this point, strain the meat and drain off all but a couple tablespoons of the beef drippings; But KEEP IT IN RESERVE-you'll need it later.
  3. Then combine into the meat the Rotel tomatoes, the chili mix, the peeled tomatoes, the chili powder, the cumin, the water, and your salt and cayenne pepper.
  4. Now… bring the mixture to a slow boil; but as soon as the boil begins, reduce the heat to low and simmer everything together (with the cover on the pot) for about 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Next, strain the meat again from the juices (but save the juices); Then put the meat back into the pot and stir in the cornbread mix and one cup of meat drippings you saved from the sautéing process.
  6. At this point, you can adjust the"spicyness" of the tamales by adding either more chili powder or cayenne pepper.
  7. Then mix everything together extremely well once more- and note- you want the tamale mixture to be moist and pasty, but not"wet".
  8. Finally, place about a tablespoon of the meat stuffing into the center of a moistened tamale paper, roll the paper around the tamale, and put the rolled tamales into a deep steamer pot.
  9. Then ladle over the tamales all the juices and drippings you reserved during the preparation process and simmer everything on low for about 45 minutes.
  10. When you're ready to eat, serve them piping hot.


Most Helpful

It's a real shame that this is a Frank Davis (word for word) recipe and he received neither credit nor mention.

Bayou Andy August 23, 2006

These tamales are very good and worth the effort. We used the McCormick Hot Mexican-Style Chili Powder. Instead of measuring a tablespoon of stuffing per tamale, we eyeballed it and we ended up with 54 hot tamales. Too, we discovered Ballard Cornbread Mix is now Martha White brand White Cornbread & Muffin Mix. It is packaged in a blue box and states “Ballard Old South Recipe� on the bottom front of the box.

lprice25 January 25, 2009

I've had these years ago and they are great! This is the same recipe New Orleans Chef Frank Davis lists. I am confused on the steamer though... Do they go into a steaming basket or just in a deep pot to simmer in the liquid?

Cheley November 13, 2005

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a