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Tamale Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Tamale pie casserole recipe with ground beef or turkey covered in cornmeal topping is one of my favorite comfort foods.

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I love this tamale pie with cornmeal topping so much.

This is similar to the tamale pie my Mom would make for us every Halloween before trick or treating.


I’m sure she made it at other times of the year too, but she ALWAYS made it on Halloween.

She was probably trying to offset the sugar with protein and veggies.  This tamale pie definitely fits the bill.

What I love about this tamale pie most, is the cornmeal topping with melted cheese on top.  Its so delicious mixed with the ground turkey, olives, tomatoes, corn, green peppers, and onions.

Tips for this tamale pie with cornmeal crust:

  1. You can use ground beef or ground turkey.  Both are fabulous.
  2. The veggies are completely flexible.  I like onions, green peppers, corn and tomatoes, but you can easily change them up as you wish.
  3. Freshly shredded cheese kicks the dish up a notch as opposed to pre-packaged shredded cheese.  It melts so nicely and is so creamy and delicious.

Enjoy this special recipe.  Its perfect on a cool Fall or Winter evening.  Comfort food at its best!

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Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Pie

Ground Beef Enchilada Recipe

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Tamale Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Tamale pie casserole recipe with ground beef or turkey covered in cornmeal topping is one of my favorite comfort foods.

Course Dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 202 kcal

Ingredients

Meat and Veggies

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 8 oz. whole kernel corn
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz. black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup colby cheese, freshly shredded

Cornmeal topping

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  

  2. In large skillet, saute chopped onions and green peppers in olive oil, until softened.

  3. Add meat and cook until lightly browned.   Move meat around pan with wooden spoon.

  4. Add in corn, tomatoes, and olives.  Stir and simmer until mixture has thickened.

  5. While meat mixture is thickening, begin to make cornmeal topping.  Combine cornmeal, salt, and cold water in medium saucepan.  Cook on medium high, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens.  Stir in butter, once mixture has thickened quite a bit.  Continue to cook, until butter has melted into cornmeal mixture.

  6. Pour meat mixture into 13x9 baking dish.  Spread cornmeal topping on top of meat mixture.

  7. Place pie in preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.  At the 10 minute mark, sprinkle the freshly shredded cheese over the top of the cornmeal topping.  

  8. Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts
Tamale Pie with Cornmeal Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 201mg 8%
Potassium 178mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Vitamin C 10.5%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tamale pie casserole recipe with ground beef or turkey covered in cornmeal topping is one of my favorite comfort foods.

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