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Tamale Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Saucy, seasoned ground beef is cooked with onions, green bell pepper, and corn and topped with a cheese-spiked cornmeal topping. Tamale Pie is pure, old-school comfort food.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 411 kcal
For the Filling:
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen yellow corn, no need to thaw
  • 2 1/4 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
For the Topping:
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
For Serving:
  • Sour cream
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Lightly coat a 13" x 9" (or slightly smaller) casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with onion and green bell pepper. Cook until beef is no longer pink and then drain off as much grease from the pan as possible. Stir in garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, olives, salt, chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper and black pepper and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and simmer till melted. Transfer to prepared dish.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons butter, until butter has melted. Reduce heat to low and stir in cornmeal, a little at a time, stirring vigorously with each addition until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Slowly drizzle in the beaten eggs, stirring vigorously until combined. Pour cornmeal mixture over meat mixture, smoothing out evenly over the surface.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown and bubbly around the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve with sour cream.
Nutrition Facts
Tamale Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 1391mg60%
Potassium 684mg20%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1360IU27%
Vitamin C 23.1mg28%
Calcium 351mg35%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.