Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie

Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie

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20 min.
70 min.
6 servings

Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie is a delicious dish to serve and enjoy family-style when you want the taste of tamales but prefer the ease of a casserole. Made with yellow or white corn meal, sliced ripe olives and diced green chiles, tamale pie is a Southwestern favorite.


  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cans (10 oz. each) enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 can (2.25 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups yellow corn meal
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Pickled jalapeños (optional)
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PREHEAT oven to 425° F. Grease 12 x 8-inch baking dish.

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

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 thick. 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 on wire rack.

SPOON meat filling into corn meal crust. Spread reserved corn meal mixture over meat filling.

BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes; sprinkle with cheese.

BAKE for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with pickled jalapeños.

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what did I do wrong?

This was tasty but it turned out mush. What did I do wrong

- Linda Muto from Norwood, NC

great recipe

I love this recipe it takes about an hour to make and bake it but I love to cook so it is so worth the wait. It is also something that my granddaughters can help me make. and they are 3 &5 and really enjoy being in the kitchen with me.

- susan dillard from ANDERSON, CA

Our "New" Old Favorite

I used to make this recipe yeeaaars ago for my family. My daughter was coming home to visit from college and asked if I could make it. I did. It brought back good memories...she even asked me to make one for the road! We absolutely love this recipe!

- valerie munerlyn from las vegas, NV

It's ZESTY alright!

That probably depends on the enchilada sauce and any spices you add, but my dish came out really ZIPPY! My Husband took a bite, cleared his throat a little, took another bite, cleared his throat again, took a third bite, looked at me and said "I need to take this to work tomorrow..." THAT was a 5 Star rating!

- Michelle Jenkins from Pine Valley, CA

Awesome Tamale Pie

It was a hit. My family is hard to please, but this was a dish that they would request again.

- Susan Hightchew from Erlanger, KY

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 700
  • Calories from Fat: 270
  • Total Fat: 30g (46% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 13g (64% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 105mg (36% of DV)
  • Sodium: 1430mg (59% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 70g (23% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g (18% of DV)
  • Sugars: 12g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Vitamin A: 4% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 6% of DV
  • Calcium: 25% of DV
  • Iron: 25% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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