Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tamale Pie

We checked out a new cookbook out from the library last week - Perfect One-Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson.  She has some great recipes in it and we found one that Leigh's Dad loves!  He's a very picky eater so it is always a challenge to find recipes that he likes., Crafty In Crosby

Here's a link to the original recipe - Tamale Pie but of course we made some changes to it.  Here's our version:

Tamale Pie             Adapted from: Perfect One Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson

1 ½ lbs of ground beef or turkey
½ cup chopped onions
1 tsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper
2 tblsp plus 2 tsp chili powder, divided
1 can pinto beans, undrained (recipe calls for 1 ½ cans and ½ can mashed)
1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chilis, undrainged
1 jar (16 ounces) store bought salsa (2 cups)
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup (8 ounces) grated sharp cheddar cheese

Brown onions in oil add ground beeef and cook stirring frequently and seasoning with salt and pepper, until it looses it’s raw color.  Stir in 2 tablespoons chili powder, then beans, chilis, salsa and ¼ cup cilantro and simmer to blend flavors, about 5 minutes. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and spread the meat mixture in it.

Preheat oven to 350˚.

Meanwhile, bring 3 cups water, cornmeal, remaining 2 tsps chili powder and 1 tsp salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, whisking frequently, until mixture thickens to mush.  Pour cornmeal mush over hot mixture, spreading with a spatula to completely cover. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, sprinkle cheese and remaining cilantro over top and broil until cheese melts, about 5 minutes., Crafty in Crosby

We've made this twice and really love it.  The first time we made it we added corn salsa to it and the second time we used Pace Picante sauce.

If you try it, let us know what you think!



  1. This looks delicious! I love tamales. I just pinned this to make later.

    1. Let us know how it turns out. We've added this to our recipe list because it is so easy and delicious!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. That looks delicious!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  4. Yum. This looks delicious. I am pinning it for future reference. I am your newest follower via GFC. I found you on the under 300 blog hop. I'd love for you to check out my blog. I love to cook and I post a lot of my recipes. I also post DIY projects.

    Have a great afternoon!

    1. Thanks Julie Ann! It seems like the majority of our posts have been recipes since Leigh moved back home. She became a foodie after she started working in an upscale restaurant in Atlanta. Me - I'm more of a survival cook - LOL!

      Thanks so much for following us and I am your newest follower too! Looking forward to following your blog and seeing your recipes!

  5. This looks wonderful. I love tamales but there is too much work there, so this would scratch the craving itch!

  6. This sounds so yummy. Thanks so much for joining us at the Hot Fun in the Summertime link party.

  7. Sounds and looks pretty tasty

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