Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie

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A golden cornmeal crust surrounds savory ground beef in a kicky enchilada sauce for a one-dish wonder of a meal. This is perfect for group gatherings or entertaining.

17 mins. to Prepare

35 mins. Cooking Time

0 mins. Standing Time

52 mins. Total

Servings: 6

Difficulty: Intermediate


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beef, onion and garlic in a large skillet until beef is browned; drain. Stir in enchilada sauce, corn, olives and salt.

oven to 425° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

COMBINE corn meal, water, evaporated milk and salt in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened. Stir in chiles. Reserve 2 cups corn meal mixture; cover with plastic wrap. Spread remaining corn meal mixture on bottom and up sides of prepared baking dish.

BAKE for 10 minutes. Cool in dish on wire rack. Spoon beef filling into corn meal crust. Spread reserved corn meal mixture over beef filling.

BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with jalapeños, if desired.
Amount Per Serving
Servings: 6
Calories from Fat371
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 41.3g63%
Saturated Fat 17.7g88%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 1862mg74%
Carbohydrates 59g19%
Dietary Fiber 7.9g32%
Sugars 0g
Protein 31g
Vitamin A13%
Vitamin C154%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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When I first read this I thought the crust directions sounded a bit off and I was right. First off you MUST use a quality cornmeal, and add at least one egg to it and a teaspoon of cooking oil. If your mix is not stiff enough just add a bit more cornmeal to the bit you use for the bottom crust. If too stiff add another egg or a tiny bit more oil. Be careful as it is easy to add too much oil.


I agree that the crust was difficult & not that good!!


The filling was awesome, but the crust was too hard to spread or handle. I ended up dumping pieces of it on top. I think it would have been better with cornbread for the crust.


We loved it ! Even my 4 year old and everyone knows how picky they can be with food !




Our Cinco de Mayo celebration was a success. This is our second year for celebrating Cinco De Mayo. Our blended families are a mixture and some full blooded so we want to be sure to celebrate their culture. We had so much food. I tried this Tamale Pie recipe. Everyone thought it was delicious. I've always made cornbread to go on top of my tamale pie and this one just mixes the masa like preparing tamales.It is so easy to fix. I will make this again. It is so much fun to get together and visit, and the children love to see all their cousins.


Delicious! And simple! I have two toddlers, and I would recommend it to any busy parent who's tired of eating fast food!

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