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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


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

  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp butter


  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*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 201mg9%
Potassium 178mg5%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 10g20%
Calcium 87mg9%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.