Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie - 2Teaspoons

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you’re having a relaxing day, preferably one that involves great friends and a delicious backyard barbecue 🙂

Although the threat of rain in DC postponed my own barbecue plans, I’ve had a fun weekend relaxing in doors with friends. I’m feeling excited and recharged for the first day of my fellowship. I can’t believe it starts tomorrow already! 🙂

Tamale Pie - 2Teaspoons

Today I have a delicious and easy, one dish dinner recipe…Tamale Pie! It’s packed with moist cornbread, gooey cheese, and general taco-y goodness. This recipe adaptation was originally motivated by two simple facts: 1) I didn’t have any leftover slow cooked meat and 2) I didn’t have time to make any.

Tamale Pie - 2Teaspoons

By simply sautéing spiced ground beef I created a tasty beef alternative ready in only 10 minutes. Feel free to use any meat you have around…if it goes with taco spices it will go with this recipe. I baked this in a large cast iron skillet, but the recipe also cooks up well in a 9×9 or 9×13 pan. The size of the pan will change the thickness, but not the deliciousness of each layer.

Tamale Pie - 2Teaspoons

I love my tamale pie topped with all the taco fixings…Salsa, sour cream, guacamole, shredded cheese, cilantro, and lime juice. It’s super personalizable, so have fun with it and enjoy! 🙂

Tamale Pie - 2Teaspoons

 

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Tamale Pie
 
Layers of cornbread, enchilada sauce, spiced ground beef and cheese, baked until melty and topped with all your favorite taco fixings!
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Serves: 8-12
Ingredients
CORNBREAD
  • Click here to use Jiffy corn bread mix instead
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons oil (I used olive oil)
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small can diced green chiles (4.5 ounce can)
  • 1 can of corn or creamed corn
MEAT
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
TAMALE PIE
  • 1 ¼ cup enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (I used sharp white cheddar)
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
  • Salsa
  • Guacomole
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add oil until soft crumbles form. Whisk in milk and egg. Gently fold in chiles and corn. Pour into greased baking pan (9x9, 9x13, large cast iron skillet). Bake until set (a toothpick should come out clean), about 20-25 minutes.
  3. While cornbread is baking, combine beef with spices and sauté in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. Once cornbread is done baking, reduce oven to 350 degree F. Poke holes in cornbread with a fork and pour enchilada sauce over it. Top with ground beef and shredded cheese, and cover with aluminum foil. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and back until cheese begins to brown, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving with desired toppings.

 

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  1. erica says

    this was SO YUMMY! Thank you for the recipe my 3 year old even gobbles this up! I will definitely make this again! I have a quick question when making the cornbread crust do you drain the chilies and corn? I drained them and the crust seemed a bit dry and crumbly, it was still super good but not as moist as your pictures look…

    • says

      Hi Erica! I’m happy to hear the recipe was a hit! I usually drain the cans if there is excess water on the top, but don’t worry about it if there is only a little water in the cans. A few ideas to keep the cornbread from getting dry are 1) cook it a little less, a tooth pick should come out clean but this may happen faster in your oven since there can be a lot of variation between ovens, 2) try adding extra enchilada sauce, or 3) poking larger holes in the cornbread before you pour the enchilada sauce on. I hope these suggestions help – enjoy!

  2. Denise says

    This was amazing! I tweaked a bit, because I didn’t pick up everything… I went without cumin, and used the green chilies w, tomatoes and cooked with meat. I also used enchilada sauce, which gave it a little cook. Cheddar cheese and white mixed cheese for topping.. so wonderful and moist.

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