One of my favorite “go to” dinners to make for my family is my Mom’s recipe for Tamale Pie. It is so easy to assemble, and tastes great every time.
The cornmeal is so tasty on top of the meat and veggie mixture. You will cook the pie until the cornmeal is slightly crisp at the top.
Everyone is happy with this dinner in my household, and if there are any leftovers, it heats up again very well.
I remember my Mom always making this dish on Halloween night. We would have a piece before trick or treating, then have another piece in between rounds of our trick or treating outings. It was nice to have a little nutrition in between all of the heavy sugar rounds.
Below are the steps to making this yummy pie:
You can always add extra ingredients, like garlic and chili powder to spice things up a bit. If it were just Mountain Man and I, I would add chili powder, cumin and garlic, but with the little ones, they like everything as non-spicy as possible, so I restrain from those ingredients. Sometimes, I will sprinkle chili powder on the grown ups plates of the pie.
Also, I have added green chili peppers in the past which are really yummy as well.
Here is the recipe for print out:
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped green pepper
- 1 lb ground turkey or beef
- 2 cans (8oz) tomato sauce
- 1 can (12oz) yellow corn
- 1 can (8oz) sliced olives
- 12 oz of shredded cheddar/monterey jack cheese
- CORNMEAL TOPPER
- ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
- ½t salt
- 2 cups cold water
- 1T butter
- Saute onion and green pepper in olive oil until tender.
- Add meat and brown lightly.
- Add next four ingredients and simmer until thick for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the cornmeal topper by stirring ¾ cup cornmeal with 2 cups cold water and ½t salt.
- Cook and stir until thick.
- Add 1T butter and mix well until melted.
- After simmering for 20 minutes, place meat mixture in 13x9 inch pan.
- Spoon the cornmeal mixture on top of the meat mixture and spread.
- Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.
- When there are 10 minutes left of cooking time, sprinkle cheese on top of the cornmeal mixture.
- Voila! The perfect tamale pie. Enjoy!!