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Tamale Pie

User Rating 4 Star Rating (19 Reviews)


Tamale Pie With Ground Beef

Beef Tamale Pie Cornbread Crust

Photo: Diana Rattray
Serve this great tasting tamale pie with a fresh tossed salad, along with sour cream or guacamole for garnish.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 can (16 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 small can (4 ounces) sliced ripe olives
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • dash black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • .
  • Crust:
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, for topping (optional)


Brown ground beef with onions and green pepper; drain well. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, corn, olives, garlic, sugar, salt, chili powder and black pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until thickened. Add cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Set filling aside.
In a saucepan, combine cornmeal, salt, water and chili powder. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Stir in butter. Spread half of the mixture into a baking dish, about 12- x 8-inches. Spoon filling over bottom crust; spoon remaining cornmeal mixture over filling. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. If desired, sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over the crust about 5 minutes before casserole is done.

Serve with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, or other garnishes.

Serves 6.

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 4 out of 5
Tamale Pie, Member r_gamache

I too have great childhood memories of mom making this dish I had not had in 40 years ... loved this recipe my twist is to make home made chips from fresh corn tortillas and not to offer silverware so that the chips are used to eat the dish ~

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