Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie

6 reviews, 3.8 star(s). 83% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes



4 cups Water
1 1/2 cups Yellow corn meal
2 cups Cold water
3 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 lb Sausage
2 tbsp Chili powder
3/4 tsp Ground cumin
1 clove Garlic; minced
2 Onions; finely chopped
1 small Green pepper; seeded and chopped
1 cup Celery; finely chopped
1 1/2 lbs Ground beef
3 cups Canned Italian plum tomatoes
2 cups Frozen corn
4 oz Canned mild green chilies; diced
1 tsp Jalapeno peppers; minced
1 cup Black olives
2 cups Medium cheddar cheese; grated

Original recipe makes 6



Bring water to boil in a 3 quart saucepan. Stir the cornmeal into the 2 cups of cold water and then stir this into the boiling water. Continue to stir while the water returns to a boil. Turn the heat to low, stir in 1 1/2 tsp of salt and the butter, cover, and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, stirring often. In a large frying pan, mash the sausage and cook over medium heat until it begins to lose color. Add the chili powder and cumin, stir, and cook about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, onions, green pepper, celery, and remaining salt. Stir and cook until the vegetables are limp. Crumble the beef into the pan and mash and cook until the raw color disappears. Add the tomatoes, corn, green chilies, and jalepenos and let the mixture simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Grease or oil a large baking pan at least 10 x 14 x 2 inches. Spread 2/3 of the cornmeal mixture on the bottom and sides of pan. Spoon on the filling and distribute the olive evenly over. Spoon the remaining cornmeal over the top and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350F for about 1 hour.

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a lot of work and is just ok. does not taste like tamales
shirl77 2y ago

A very tasty dish. I make it in a #14 camp style dutch oven and it works very well.
Pasquale49 3y ago

The room mates loved this. I used banana peppers instead of jalapenos. The room mates can't handle spicy foods. For my taste I'd add more chili powder, use spicier green chillies, or add more jalapenos. We'll be making this a regular meal in our house.
donaliz 5y ago

[I posted this recipe.]
Rhonda0525 8y ago

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