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Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie

Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie
Makes:
6 servings
Prep Time:
20
minutes
Total Time:
70
minutes
based on
53 reviews
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.

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Ingredients:

  • FILLING
  • 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
  • CRUST
  • 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)

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 425° F. Grease 12 x 8-inch baking dish.

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

FOR CRUST:
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.


Reviews:

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  •  Star(s)

    what did I do wrong?

    Linda Muto from Norwood, NC

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

  •  Star(s)

    great recipe

    susan dillard from ANDERSON, CA

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    Our "New" Old Favorite

    valerie munerlyn from las vegas, NV

    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!

  •  Star(s)

    It's ZESTY alright!

    Michelle Jenkins from Pine Valley, CA

    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!

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome Tamale Pie

    Susan Hightchew from Erlanger, KY

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

  •  Star(s)

    rich and zesty tamale pie

    sally standen from Flint, MI

    Wow! This recipe is heavenly! So easy and cheap to make. You can add alot of diff. ingreds. to it also to vary the hotness, such as cumin, extra chile peppers, cyan pepper, chili pepper jalapenos, etc. A quick meal to make too.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Tamale Pie

    Catherine Jancoski from PLEASANTON, CA

    I was looking for something different to make for my family with extra ground beef. This was a really great recipe and my family loved it. I put some of the diced chiles into the hamburger mix as well as the cornmeal crust. I also added some extra spice to this with some chipolte chili powder in both the crust and the beef mix. Was really good! Will make this recipe again.

  •  Star(s)

    Rich And Zest tamale Pie

    Summerr Carnahan from vernon, TX

    I LOVE THIS RECIPE, I HAVE TRIED ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF RECIPES AND THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE, IT IS THE ONLY ONE I USE NOW.

  •  Star(s)

    Down right tasty

    MARGARET BALL from KANSAS CITY, MO

    I made this even though I didn't have the chillies so I substituted pickled jalopenos and no one knew the difference. I aslo added fresh minced garlic to the cornmeal mixture. I will do this one again.

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy for sure!

    Jessica Weiss from WICHITA FALLS, TX

    This recipe was very good--just make sure you bake it in the right size pan. I used a smaller one, and the cornmeal mixture didn't cook all the way toward the middle. If you like tamales, you'll like this recipe!!

  •  Star(s)

    WOW!!! Absolutely outstanding recipe

    Glenda from San Luis Obispo, CA

    I made this tamale pie exactly like the recipe… made the full amount of cornmeal ‘crust’ and it’s delicious. I used Las Palmas Enchilada Sauce (Medium) and green chilies so it’s spicy but we like it that way. The first time I made it, instead of green chilis, I put in a can of jalapenos by mistake (the can looked exactly the same). It was delicious too. If you have people who can’t handle spicy foods maybe a mild enchilada sauce would be better. For us, it’d be boring. Instead of using a 9x13 pan I used two 8x8 pans and froze one of them. I thawed it today and invited family for dinner and served it with zucchini w/onions and a green salad. It went over in a BIG way. Yum! The tamale pie was even more delicious than the first pan a couple weeks ago. We love the amount of cornmeal mixture--it tastes just like tamales. Hint: The longer you cook the cornmeal mixture the thicker it gets and you can no longer spread it on top of the meat mixture.

  •  Star(s)

    Tamale Pie

    Kathy Bilak from GLENDALE, AZ

    I made this for the first time yesterday and the recipe received an enthusiastic thumbs up. We love tamales but they are so time consuming to make. This is a delicious alternative. For added spice, you can use jalapenos instead of green chilis in the cornmeal mixture. We also added hominy to the meat mixture. Thanks for the great recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Great for a family!

    Ann from Culver City

    This was a very easy dish to put together and quite delicious! The recipe does not make enough of the crust mixture to suit us, so we will add more next time, but adding in the jalapenos was just the right touch to make this dish zesty enough for us!

  •  Star(s)

    South of the border Good

    Timothy Riley from BEACH PARK, IL

    This was very easy to make, and was a big hit with my wife. My wife is Mexican and thought it was a nice touch. I will keep this one handy for special ocassions.

  •  Star(s)

    rich / zesty tamale pie

    jackie hughs from STANFIELD, OR

    This can be less spice with diced greed and yellow peppers, we love it!

  •  Star(s)

    THE BEST!!!

    Jimmy Winebrenner from Pacific, WA

    I made it for my wife...she couldn't get enough of it. It was easy to make and my wife wants me to make it again! It was delicious!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie

    dotty pearson from GOLD HILL, OR

    The tamale pie was easy to make, the ingredients were simple, something I always have on have. Really great as left overs warmed up in the mirowave. When I make a lot of something I like to freeze some portions for a later time, but we like the tamale pie so well we eat it three dinners in a role. thanks

  •  Star(s)

    Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie

    Danielle Slamka from VANCOUVER, WA

    This recipe was very easy, quick and delicious. I have added it to my list of "regular" recipes. I substituted the ground beef for ground turkey and used reduced fat cheddar for a healthier version. It was just as yummy!

  •  Star(s)

    Too much of a good thing

    Kari Johnson from Los Angeles, CA

    This is a very tasty recipe--it tastes just as you expect it to based on the ingredients--but next time I will cut the corn meal crust portion in half. It sort of overwhelmed the meat filling in the finished pie. I think laying the meat filling over a light coating of cooking spray on the bottom of the pan--eliminating the bottom crust--will work fine. Carbs and calories will be cut that way, too. I'm tempted to add more cheese than the recipe calls for (a Pepper Jack would add more spice but more Cheddar would be fine) but then that would add more fat calories!

  •  Star(s)

    Rich and Zesty Tamale pie

    LYNNE KRIEGER from YACOLT, WA

    Excellent. Family and friends loves this dishNext time will make two.

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent

    Carol Feltman from RENTON, WA

    My family and friends loved this! It is fast and easy to prepare and the tastes are wonderful. I served it with a green salad and flan for dessert. Fantastic meal!! I will make this again and very soon!

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy Tamalie Pie

    Pat Smith from SPRINGFIELD, OR

    My husband loves Tamalies I think he could eat them everyday. He said not to try anymore recipes because this is his favorite.

  •  Star(s)

    very good!

    Jennifer Hoodjer from COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

    I really enjoyed this recipe, it was very easy to make, I only made a half of the meat recipe in an 8x8 dish. It has great flavor and is really wonderful! Highly recommended!

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious & Filling

    CANDACE ISAAC from PALMDALE, CA

    It has been so cold and rainy lately I wanted to fix a hot delicious meal for my family that would smell delightful when they came in the door. Boy! was this it. Everyone loved it. It is so flavorful and filling. I thought I would have leftovers since I made two of these. What a laugh! Not a speck was left.

  •  Star(s)

    great dinner

    Linda Hitchcock from ALEXANDRIA, VA

    I cut the recipe in half as I only make dinner for two. Directions were easy and it was delicious with plenty left to freeze for a second meal.

  •  Star(s)

    quick and easy

    k morales from BRAWLEY, CA

    my family loves it i like that it is so quick and easy

  •  Star(s)

    Tamale Pie

    Lisa Arvidson from SPRINGFIELD, MO

    I tried this recipe one afternoon, mainly because I love tamales...but never have the time to make them..I was also wanting to fix something different besides our usual fried chicken or pork steak supper...It was very easy and very delicious. My family loved it...We had no leftovers and they wanted my to make more....I will be cooking this dish a lot more for my family..It was a real winner...

  •  Star(s)

    Grate Meal

    Charlene Bayless from PORTLAND, OR

    My husband and I enjoyed this very much and since it was to much food for two people we shared with our friends next door(they also loved it). I did find it was a bit bland for our taste (taste test while cooking) so I added taco seasoning, that added just the zip I wanted. The next time our kids come to visit I plan on making this, it would also would make a good potluck dish.

  •  Star(s)

    family favorite

    Laurie De La Rosa from joliet, IL

    This is great and easy to fix. we usually do 2 pans of it and it tastes better the next day! you can even add your own touches like black oliveds and cilantro if u like.

  •  Star(s)

    Rich & Zesty Tamale Pie

    L Jang from SAN MATEO, CA

    I liked the Zesty taste but it was too spicy for some of the older members of my family. I made it again with less peppers and they liked it better.

  •  Star(s)

    New Family Favorite

    Rachel Nesbitt from TUCSON, AZ

    I read the comments on this recipe, and thought I'd try it out. WOW am I glad I did! We all love it! We omitted the olives, added some peppers to the ground beef and onions and everyone actually ate it. Try this out. You won’t regret it.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious!

    Valerie Gardner from CHUBBUCK, ID

    My family and I really enjoyed this! However, I did make one error while making it--I used two 14-ounce cans of enchilada sauce instead of two 10-ounce cans. I simmered the sauce for a while before putting it on the crust to try to evaporate off some of the liquid. My family tends to prefer casseroles with more sauce anyway, so we all liked it.

  •  Star(s)

    Very Good!

    Tricia Blevins from Belton, MO

    We loved this dish! Very easy to make.

  •  Star(s)

    tamale pie

    MYRNA NICHELSON from CHULA VISTA, CA

    This is a great recipe for this fall and easy to make!

  •  Star(s)

    Good But

    Caroline James from Oxnard, Ca.

    I made this for dinner last night. It was very tasty and easy to make. My only complaint is that the corn bread part was a little grainey. I like corn bread more cake like and a little sweet. Next time I make it I will add a little sugar and maybe one egg. I think that would help the corn bread. I will make it again as my husband liked it but he agreed with me on the corn bread part.

  •  Star(s)

    A KEEPER!

    NORMA JOHNSON from Gardnerville, NV

    I've tried many many tamale pie recipes, but this is the one I will use from now on. I tried it out on my husband first, then took it to potluck at his suggestion. Everyone loved it and, of course, wanted the recipe. I'm so glad for this site because I find so many "keepers".

  •  Star(s)

    A Taste of Home

    DEBRA RYLANDER from FELTON, CA

    When I was growing up, my mom would always make Tamale Pie for a crowd. It's something I never thought about making because she never used a recipe and now has Alzheimers. I really enjoyed making this recipe, but it wasn't quite like my mom's. I realized that one of her secret incredients was a little chili powder. I'll try it that way next time and there will be a next time! Thank you.

  •  Star(s)

    An Excellent Tamale Pie Recipe!

    Cindy Wilson from Frazier Park, CA

    This is an Excellent Tamale Pie Recipe, easy to follow and easy to fix and the whole family Loved it! Well Done!

  •  Star(s)

    Skeptical at First

    jacqueline harvey from WEST RICHLAND, WA

    I was certain the topping would be soggy and undercooked, but it held together better than my lasagnes

  •  Star(s)

    Easy and quite filling.

    Janet Sherman from Aurora, Il.

    The recipe is simple to make with ingredients that are generally on hand. I used organic corn meal that some (not all) of the family said left an aftertaste. Other than that it is a tasty, filling meal.

  •  Star(s)

    Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie

    Ann Shockley from SPIRO, OK

    I made this dish for a church dinner. The recipe was easy to follow and easy to make. Everyone loved it and I came home with an empty dish. I will be using this recipe often.

  •  Star(s)

    Very good but...

    Marya from Houston

    This recipe has great flavor but too much corn meal. Next time I will just add a cornbread topper over the meat mixture, like a shepherd pie.

  •  Star(s)

    Great dinner!

    Jean from Ontario, CA

    I adjusted this one slightly by adding taco seasoning and tomatoes while preparing the filling. Also added the chiles to the filling instead of the "crust". It was spicy but very flavorful. Served with sour cream and a green salad. Fairly simple to prepare, and lots of leftovers (always a good thing!). Thanks again, meals.com!

  •  Star(s)

    DELICIOUS

    Maggie Ayala from Virginia Beach, VA

    I made this tamale pie for dinner last week, served it with sweet corn casserole and I was very impressed with it's blends of flavors. It was very tasty and simple to make, I'd make it again.

  •  Star(s)

    Tamale Pie

    Jennifer Sauerwein from Splendora, TX

    This was a very good and easy dish to fix.I made this and took it to our dinner at church and it was a hit.

  •  Star(s)

    Not Good

    Tiffany Morquecho from Memphis

    This meal was not good at all. My whole family disliked it and they are not picky at all. I would not recomend this one.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Tamale Casserole

    Jeanne Lewis from Lake Station, IN

    This is a great Mexican dinner rolled into one dish. Serve this with guacamole and you have a meal. I did go ahead and made rice and beans and had a feast - it was great and family and friends loved it. It was gone in one meal!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie

    FRANKIE WAGNER from VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

    I made this for the first time the other night and we absolutely loved it!! It was even better reheated the next day. Keep up the good work with your recipes.

  •  Star(s)

    The best!

    Kristin Pinkston from Inglewood, CA

    I love this dish. I remember when it was much more complicated than this. I like this version even better.

  •  Star(s)

    Tamale Pie

    Paulette Liddell from Lynnwood, WA

    When my sister-in-law was living she would come to visit us and this would be her dish to make for the kids. They loved it.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • 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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Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie

Ingredients

  • FILLING
  • 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
  • CRUST
  • 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)

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 425° F. Grease 12 x 8-inch baking dish.

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

FOR CRUST:
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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