Spicy Tamarind Meatballs + Giveaway

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Spicy Tamarind Meatballs – A delicious blend of sweet and spicy!

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As I’ve mentioned before, I am trying to develop my taste for spicy food. I think I’ve come a long way. I went from not tolerating any heat at all, to being brave and trying different flavors and levels of heat. Obviously, the easiest way to add that kick to food is with hot sauces, so when I was invited to try El Yucateco products, I thought it would be another great opportunity to test my taste buds.

El Yucateco hot sauces can be found nationwide. There are several types including: Red Habanero Sauce, Green Habanero Sauce, XXXtra Kutbil-ik Hot Sauce (I have not dared to try this one yet) and the newest of all, Black Label Reserve, which is exclusively available at Walmart, where I bought mine.

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Just when I was thinking about what recipe I could prepare using these sauces, my husband showed up with a jar of tamarind concentrate. I really love tamarind (brings back fun childhood memories) so I couldn’t wait to get started.

Since the combination of sweet and spicy has always been one of my husband favorites, I decided to lean that direction. Having said that, Spicy Tamarind Meatballs sounded like a perfect idea.

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They turned out super divine… and the sauce was incredibly delicious!

Tamarind Spicy Meatballs | mommyhoodsdiary.com

I personally don’t usually like frozen meatballs and I prefer to make my own, but the other day we bought some that were actually pretty good so that’s what I used here. Since they came in small size, almost like a cocktail treat or made for hors d’oeuvres, I decided to display them to be served as an appetizer. To tell you the truth though, after I took the photos, we stuffed them into a baguette and ate them like a sandwich. Classy and delicious!

 You can also try them wrapped in a tortilla, or if you like, use Naan bread to make a gyro… mmm, that sounds good!.

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Tamarind Spicy Meatball
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Serves: 6 - 8 persons
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of molasses
  • 1/2 cup of tamarind concentrated
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 3 gloves of garlic, finely cut
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, peeled and finely cut
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper, ground
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon of El Yucateco Black Label Reserve (I used 1)
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (I didn’t add any)
  • 2 lbs. of meatballs, cooked (store-bought or homemade)
  1. Add water to a big skillet, over medium high heat, and bring it to a boil.
  2. Stir in molasses, tamarind, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper, El Yucateco hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce; stir until well combined.
  3. Try and adjust seasoning if necessary adding salt and/or pepper to your liking, or more hot sauce.
  4. Add in cooked meatballs and stir to coat evenly.
  5. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until sauce is reduced and thickened, about 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Serve hot.
If you're not able to find tamarind concentrate you can use pineapple concentrate.

The prep time does not include the time if you decided make your own meatballs.

I used liquid tamarind concentrate, not paste. It can also be called tamarind nectar. It's usually located in the international frozen food area.




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  1. I’d put this El Yucateco brand hot sauce on my some grilled steaks. Sounds so delish!

  2. Mary Happymommy says:

    I’d like to put it on empanadas.

  3. I would put it on burrito

  4. I’d love to put the hot sauce on hot dogs and scrambled eggs.

  5. Foe breakfast I would like to put it on scrambled eggs. For dinner I would put it on fajitas.

  6. Jessica To says:

    I would put it on tacos.

  7. I would put this hot sauce on a bean and cheese burrito..

  8. I would love to put this on my eggs or use some in a chicken dip that I make!

  9. Lisa Brown says:

    i would put it on scrambled eggs

  10. Julie Wood says:

    I want to put it on my Huevos rancheros and give it a kicked up taste!

  11. I’ll put the hot sauce on grille chicken.

  12. steve weber says:

    I’d like to put this on my scrambled eggs.

  13. I’d love to put it on fajitas!

  14. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    I love hot sauce on everything! Especially pizza and portabella mushrooms! :)

  15. i would like to put it on tacos

  16. Me gustaria poner esta salsa a mi carne a la parrilla. Gracias por el sorteo!

  17. CR Williams says:

    Definitely some fish and chips

  18. shelly peterson says:

    It would be good on eggs.

  19. Barbara Montag says:

    I’d love to put this sauce on top of pasta for an extra kick!
    thank you

  20. I love the Green habanero sauce on my breakfast burritos.

  21. courtney b says:

    i like hot sauce on my eggs !:) yum. eggs are so bland without a hot sauce to make them extra yummy!

  22. does “everything” count? lol

  23. What a beautiful looking recipe. I can’t wait to give this one a try…

  24. Sarah Hayes says:

    id love to put this on my pizza

  25. I’d like to put El Yucateco sauce to chicken arepas (Venezuelan food similar to Mexican gorditas) or on a chicken wrap! Tacos and carnitas comes to my mind as well. Great recipe here by the way, would like to give it a try since I love tamarind.

  26. Oriana, these look beautiful. I love the combination of the El Yucateco sauce and the tamarind.

  27. Would have to say that I love putting it on tacos

  28. Stacey A Smith says:

    I would love to but it on Tacos.

  29. amy pugmire says:

    I would love to put it on enchiladas.

  30. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I’d Love To Put It On Tacos!

  31. Maria Beas De Bonilla says:

    I would definitely put some of the Yucateco hot salsa on my tamales and taquitos. Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. I’d like to put the product on scrambled eggs with peppers.

  33. I would put it on enchiladas!

  34. Lilyana Cruz says:

    Con unas tostadas de Ceviche!!!

  35. Dawn Keenan says:

    I think this might be good in some homemade salsa or on tacos.

  36. This would be great on some tacos!

  37. This sauce would be great on enchiladas, which I already love making. :)

  38. Paola Romero says:

    I haven’t tasted yet, so, I will try in the next days, but, I think it will be so delicious for many recipe.

  39. Stephanie says:

    i want it on my tacos

  40. I would love to put it on tacos

  41. loving the look and sound of these meatballs.. never made my own batch of meatballs before, definitely inspired to now!

  42. Your meatballs looks delicious and bite size for easy apps.

  43. I like to put it on my tacos

  44. I would put it on my fried egg sandwiches!

  45. Ashley Tucker says:

    I’d like to put it on scrambled eggs!


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