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Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie

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I don’t know where Tamale Pie comes from, maybe the name represents something that tastes similar to tamales but that’s it. It is a casserole of ground beef, corn, beans, cheese, green peppers and cheese topped with a cornbread batter and baked. Make it and you’re house will smell good.

If you want to cut the fat you can use ground turkey instead of beef. That way you can also skip the step of draining the fat from the meat after it browns.

Be sure to bake until the cornbread is cooked all the way through. Mine took around 50 minutes at 375 degrees, yours could take longer or shorter. Stick a toothpick into the middle to see if it comes out clean, like you do with cake or cupcakes.

Also, excuse the messy presentation in the photo, the hungrier I get the sloppier it looks. Presentation-shmesentation.

Tamale Pie (serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 15oz. can of beans, drained (I used kidney beans)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
  • 1 box cornbread mix, prepared using instructions on box (usually need eggs, milk, butter etc.)
  • 9 x 13 casserole dish, greased

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet using medium high heat, melt 1 Tbsp. butter. Add green pepper and onions, sauté for 5 minutes, set aside in bowl. Using same skillet, brown ground beef and drain fat. Add peppers and onions back into pan. Add corn, beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and salt. Mix well and let simmer for 5 minutes. Turn heat off and gently fold in cheese.
  3. Make cornbread batter according to instructions on package. Spread meat mixture in greased casserole dish, smoothing the top until level. Pour cornbread on top, smoothing until level. Bake until cornbread is completely done, around 50 minutes. Use toothpick to test for doneness. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. In a large skillet using medium high heat, melt 1 Tbsp. butter.

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Add green pepper and onions, sauté for 5 minutes, set aside in bowl.

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Using same skillet, brown ground beef and drain fat. Add peppers and onions back into pan.

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Add corn, beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and salt. Mix well and let simmer for 5 minutes.

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Turn heat off and gently fold in cheese.

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Make cornbread batter according to instructions on package.

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Spread meat mixture in greased casserole dish, smoothing the top until level.

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Pour cornbread on top,

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smoothing until level.

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Bake until cornbread is completely done, around 50 minutes. Use toothpick to test for doneness. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.


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1 thought on “Tamale Pie”

  • Hi Candy – I have been following your blog for a few years and now that you are posting more regularly (I’m assuming because your little one doesn’t steal all of your attention now) 🙂 I just wanted to let you know that I love your food just as much!

    Keep posting!

    Sean x

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