Homestyle Hot Tamales

"From The Times-Picayune - "This recipe ran in the Times-Picayune in the early 1970s and is similar to Manuel's Hot Tamales, which did not return after Hurricane Katrina." If anyone knows what type of paper is used in this recipe please Zmail me - wax paper doesn't seem right as it doesn't need wetting ..."
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Ready In:
2hrs 45mins
90 tamales




  • Mix by hand in a large bowl the meat, onion, 2 ounces chili powder, 1 can tomato sauce, water, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne and ½ cup corn meal. Prepare two shallow bowls, one with water and one with additional plain corn meal. Take about 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture at a time and shape into a small log. Roll lightly in additional corn meal.
  • Roll in paper that has been passed through water (one paper at a time). Close one end and roll up, folding remaining edge under. Put tamales in rows in opposite directions in a large roaster that can be covered and used on the stove.
  • Bring two quarts water to a boil and add remaining tomato sauce and 1 ounce chili powder. Cover tamales with mixture, adding more water if needed. Cover and simmer for 2 hours on stovetop. Serve warm with buttered crackers. Tamales re-warm well in microwave.

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  1. linda.spencer
    I tried to Zmail you but it didn't seem to work. Here is a link to paper for tamales I have never used this paper but it references parchment paper so maybe plain parchment paper would work?
  2. STORMY #2
    These are AWESOME! Tastes very close to Manuels Tamales. I used corn husks to roll them in, but I am pretty sure Manuels used parchment paper. Yummy!! Thank you for posting.


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