Tamale Pie

Have you ever had a tamale?  They’re pretty delicious, right?  Well, I think they are.  The only issue I have with them is what a pain they are to make.  You make the dough, spread it on some corn husks, make some filling, fill the dough, roll them, steam them, unroll them…. you get the point.  Maybe it’s really not *that* much work, but I’m a lazy cook.  When it’s dinner time, I want to just throw some stuff together and be done with it.  I’m always looking for shortcuts.  My friend Megan had posted this recipe for Tamale Pie from Eat2Gather on Facebook, and I knew instantly that I had to make it!

How was it?  It was pretty amazing, actually.  Imagine if a tamale and a shepherd’s pie fell in love and had a baby.  This would be that baby.  It’s pretty easy to throw together, but the taste is phenomenal.  You all should go make it for dinner tonight.  You should also invite me to dinner tonight!!

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

Tamale Pie

1 Pound Ground Beef (Ground Turkey or Chicken Would Work, Too!)
1 Onion, Diced
1 Can Black Beans, Drained
1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
1 Tbsp Chili Seasoning
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Oregano
1 Cup Cornmeal
3 Cups Water
Another 1 Tbsp Chili Seasoning
1 Cup Shredded Cheese
Salt and Pepper, To Taste

Preheat oven to 375F.

Brown the meat and the onion in a skillet.  Add the black beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, chili seasoning, cumin, and oregano.  Add salt and pepper to taste and let mixture simmer about five minutes.

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

Bring three cups of water to a boil (You can salt it if you want!) and whisk in the cornmeal and the other tablespoon of chili seasoning.  Cook until thick. It won’t take long!

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

Pour the meat mixture into a prepared pan, spread the cornmeal on the top, and sprinkle with the cheese.

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cornmeal crusts and the cheese melts.

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

Serve hot and enjoy!

Tamale Pie by Om Nomalicious

For a printable version of this recipe, click here!!!

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"I have learned to keep to myself how exceptional I am." ~Mason Cooley I'm a married stay at home mom living in Southern New Jersey. I have one daughter, one son, and three furbabies. I love to cook. I love to craft. I love to sew. I just.... love to create in general. I also am pretty fond of adventuring, of exploring new places. I'm shy when I first meet people, but once I'm comfortable with them, you can't shut me up. I'm crazy and silly. I have an unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs.
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15 Responses to Tamale Pie

  1. Uh-oh. I sense another application for the almighty Tajin 😉 Can’t wait to try this.

  2. Great recipe! I have a similar one on my blog. But it is the Panamanian version… Now I have to try yours, looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. This looks great! I can’t imagine making them – we bought them every Christmas eve from Mr. Prado who made them out of his home for everyone in our town. Wrapped them in newspaper by the dozen. I think I will try this so I can actually have that wonderful taste again – thanks!

    • pamasaurus says:

      Ok, glad I’m not the only one who thinks making them is too much work. Sometimes I’m just lazy, but I’m going to say that isn’t the case here 😉 Hope you enjoy it!

  4. I would love to try this, it looks so delicious 😀


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  6. Love the corn crust, will have to try that 🙂

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  8. Yum! Love these flavors and all the melted cheesy goodness. 🙂

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