Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie
Makes:
6
Prep Time:
17
minutes
Total Time:
52
minutes
based on 73 reviews
8
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.

In this recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • FILLING
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, 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
  • 1 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
  • Sliced jalapeños (optional)

Directions:

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

FOR CRUST:
PREHEAT
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.


Reviews:

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Awesome

 Star(s)

Suzanna Frizzell from Howe, OK

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

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    Crust fix

    Kenneth Johns from Chatsworth, GA

    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. Also, if your family is not into hot chilies, leave them out or use a bit of chopped up green pepper instead. Using shredded or hand pulled beef instead of ground can make this into a really special dish.

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    Did not like the crust!!

    Melodie Bradford from Brighton, IL

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

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    Ok

    Rachelle Morris from Talihina, OK

    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.

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    Awesome

    Suzanna Frizzell from Howe, OK

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

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    Tamale Pie

    Terri Benson from Shoreline, WA

    YUM!!

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    Cinco de Mayo Tamale Pie

    KAREN JONES from WILTON, CA

    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.

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    A working mom's dream

    Randi Young from GREENVILLE, MS

    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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    Tamale Pie

    Marguerite Fortino from POWDER SPRINGS, GA

    This was an easy and delicious recipe. My family loved it.

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    tamale pie

    elaine hilton from LITTLE FALLS, NJ

    Pretty easy to make. Delicious and very satisfying. Great on a cold day, or any day!

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    tamale pie (the old receipe on the box of Albers c

    carole parker from ROCKLIN, CA

    Hi there. Does anyone have the old receipe that used to be on the box of Albers Corn Meal? It called for chile powder instead of the enchilada sauce. If anyone has it please send it to me at jewelrymadame@yahoo.com

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    Tamale Pie a Hit

    Sharon Blosch from DUBLIN, CA

    I would cut back on the chilies for my personal taste, but my husband loved it. He never eats leftovers but he had no problem reheating this dish!

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    Comfort Food

    Heather Ellam from Thunder Bay, ON

    We love this meal - it's a regular during the cooler months. This was a great substitute for my kids who aren't too keen on a bowl of chili - the cornmeal crust adds a nice touch and helps to keep the "heat" down. Great topped with parmasean cheese too.

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    A crowd pleaser

    Kathryn Massey from TALLAHASSEE, FL

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. My family enjoyed it. We did spice it up a bit though since we like it really hot.

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    Tamale Pie

    Dorine Johansen from Tigard, OR

    This tamale pie recipe brought back memories from when I was a little girl and my dad made tamale pie from scratch. He was a very good cook and this recipe does compare very good with his own. I would definitely recommend this one.

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    big hit

    Susan De Lara from Lake Elsinore, CA

    I made this last night -- should have read the directions in advance... does require some fussing but was worth it. my latino husband said he LOVED it.

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    Tamale Pie

    sandra perry from SAN JOSE, CA

    Try blending Pepper Jack Cheese with the Cheddar Cheese for an added zesty flavor.

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    Tamale Pie

    Anita Collins from VAN BUREN, AR

    I had this some years back, wished I had the recipe for it, & now I do, and I'll be making this real soon. Good!

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    Wonderfully Easy

    Sydney Szumski from ROMEOVILLE, IL

    I love to bake but I also love to spend time with family and friends. This recipe tastes great and is so simple to prepare. You get the wonderful taste of a tamale but much more simple to make!

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    Tamale Pie

    Sharon Ervine from Alabama

    I made and served this tamale pie to a women's church social and it was very very well received. The ladies LOVED it. Thanks for so many wonderful recipes.

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    Mexican and Satifying

    Wanie Harris from RICHMOND, VA

    My family just loves anything Mexican . All it needed was a dollop of sour cream .

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    Tamale' Pie

    Sharon Ann Means from BOONVILLE, MO

    Since we are salt resticted and diabetic- we omitted the salt because all can goods already have salt added to preserve them and we omitted the olives since we don't like them. Other wise- it was great.

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    Tamale Pie......yummy....

    Jan Herrera from REDDING, CA

    Just made this...very tasty...I threw in a can of refried beans and used a package of Enchilada sauce with a small can of tomato sauce....very good.......

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    Tamale Pie

    Lorraine Gamache from WACO, TX

    This is so much easier than making Tamale's one at a time, and tastes great. Can also add other ingredients if desired. Can double the recipe and freeze one.

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    warm you up

    Bacilio Yzaguirre from HERMISTON, OR

    easy to make, AND VERY GOOD ON A COLD WINTER DAY. iT HIT THE SPOT

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    Tamale Pie

    ERIS BLANTON from WATERTOWN, NY

    It was nice, in no time easy to fix. Did not add the jalapeños.

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    Good

    Sara Thomas from Minot AFB, ND

    I am always looking for casserole Ideas, and when I saw Tamale in the title I had to try it. Although, I didnt use cornmeal, I used Tamale mix instead, since I have tried making tamales and am horrible at it. It was great with the Tamale mix on top however.

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    tamale pie

    Dianne Bakke from American Fork, UT

    I though that had a very good taste to it. I would make it again.

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    tamale pie

    patricia phillips from CENTRALIA, IL

    This recipe was both easy and great tasting. I will be making it often for my family. I also found I could make two at a time and freeze one.

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    Family says make again

    Katrena Orme from TETON, ID

    I made this for my family (who enjoy mexican food very much). I didn't know how they would react to the chilies in the crust, but they all cleaned their plates the first time around. My husband suggested maybe adding a can of beans to the filling next time, but thought it was good by the recipe.

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    Tamale Pie

    Mollie sutton from sterlington, LA

    I was looking for a new casserole dish and found this one. I made this and was really pleased with the taste. It looked like it was going to take to much time to make ,but it really did not. It was a meal in one and I liked that. I will make this again.

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    Tamale Pie

    Patricia Galver from

    Very good taste and served our whole family with leftovers. The hardest part was trying to figure out how much cornmeal crust to layer on the bottom, and it was hard to make a thin layer over the top. The best part of the recipe was that I had most of the ingredients available in the house.

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    Tamale Pie

    Lillian Porter from Kennewick, WA

    This is a very easy recipe to make and you can change the ingredients to fit your taste.

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    Family Favorite Tamale Pie

    Letty Hall from Santa Rosa, CA

    When I remarried my family grew from 3 (my 2 daughters and myself) to 8 (my new husband, and his 3 daughters and 1 son)! I was constantly searching for recipes which everyone liked, no easy task. This was one of the favorites from the very beginning and is often requested.

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    a good change of pace

    Lori Johnson from CIBOLO, TX

    This recipe is good. Its not difficult as far as a casserole goes and the family thought it was good. I added a little pico de gallo with it to add some heat and the kids liked it just the way it was, without adding anything. This is good served on a saturday night.

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    Tamale Pie

    CARLA CARMICHAEL from Coldspring, TX

    This was a great one-dish meal. Instead of just using cheddar cheese I also use some Mexican taco cheese this was great, for I love lots of cheese. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Tamale Pie WOW!

    Retta Moen from PEACHTREE CITY, GA

    Excellent, this dish is easy to make and what great flavor! I topped half of this dish with cheddar cheese and the other half with pepper cheese since one family member does not like cheddar, add jalapenos just kicks the flavor up! Great Recipe!

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    tamale Pie

    Colette Wear from Mariposa, CA

    Made for our bicycle club's potluck/planning meeting and they loved it...nothing to bring home. I thought it was a little soft (dished it out with a spoon instead of a spatula) so maybe I didn't cook the cornmeal long enough. Great flavor!

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    Flavorful Filling

    Gene Emmerich from MERRILL, WI

    We all really liked the flavor of this casserole. It is a great change-of-pace from noodle casseroles. It is very hearty and filling. We came up a little short on the corn meal topping, however and would recommend reserving a little more to cover the top.

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    TAMALE PIE

    lori davis from Stuart, FL

    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS AND SYPRISINGLY EASY TO MAKE!

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    Tamale Pie

    Ruth Minsk-Whitehead from OCALA, FL

    What a great dish! My husband loved it.

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    Excellent tamale pie

    MARY BOYCE from ROY, WA

    Just last night I made this for my husband and he simply loved it. He went back for seconds (which he only does when he really likes something) and he also, took some in his lunch for Saturday. The recipe was easy to make and it took no time at all to bake. I'm definitely going to make this again. I recommend trying it.

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    Tamale Pie

    Janese Rosevelt from WHITE LAKE, MI

    I have been searching for recipes for corn meal, when I stumbled on this one!! WOW! What a great find! Tasty, and enough for leftovers. It's also great with corn muffin mix, and creamed corn in the crust. (Leaving out the corn in the base)! Thanks for this one!!

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    Tamale Pie

    Anita Marsan from PORT CHARLOTTE, FL

    I have made this with the cornbread on the bottom and it works well for me. Great recipe.

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    Quick and easy variation

    Mary Broderick from Livonia, MI

    I used this recipe but substituted a corn bread mix for the topping. It was good and a little bit easier.

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    Tamale Pie

    bradley clark from PARAGOULD, AR

    absolutely fantastic!!!!

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    Tamale Pie with a kick

    Annette Witherspoon from GEORGETOWN, TX

    I made a tamale pie almost like this in the 70's but can't find the recipe. This one is good. Really sole warming on a cold night.

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    This is so very good.

    joel tedder from FORT DODGE, IA

    dish, and the kids even liked it. and we all know that it is really hard to get the kids to eat what we eat most of the time.'

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    Tamale Pie

    shirley vance from VERNER, WV

    I finally made this fabulos pie for dinner and if you don't try it you are really missing out.It was great.

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    ONE DISH DINNER

    B RAMSEY from QUEEN CREEK, AZ

    This was so easy to make and with a small salad made a wonderful meal that everyone enjoyed.

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    Variation of family classic

    Judy L Rangitsch from Ovando, MT

    This is an improvement on a recipe classic from my mother. The flavor is more complex, due to the chilis and garlic. In the 50's my Mom didn't have canned chilis and my Dad did not like garlic! Also the cheese over the top adds a lot of flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 733
  • Calories from Fat: 371
  • Total Fat: 41.3g (63% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 17.7g (88% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 125mg (42% of DV)
  • Sodium: 1862mg (74% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 59g (19% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.9g (32% of DV)
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 31g
  • Vitamin A: 13% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 154% of DV
  • Calcium: 33% of DV
  • Iron: 65% of DV

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

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Tamale Pie

Ingredients

  • FILLING
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, 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
  • 1 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
  • Sliced jalapeños (optional)

 

Directions

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

FOR CRUST:
PREHEAT
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.

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