Tamale pie [Recipe]


Tamale pie [Recipe]

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A friend of mine sent me this recipe, and with a few minor tweaks to make it my own, I have to say it's pretty dang good. As with any tamale/taco/burrito-type recipe, you can play with the filling ingredients quite a bit without having much of a negative impact on the final product. Try this soon. You won't be sorry.




For the filling

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey, or chicken)
  • 1 whole jalapeño, seeded & chopped (or chipotle in adobo)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn (or fresh, doesn’t matter, really)
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can diced green chilies (not-spicy version!)
  • Taco seasoning (I use this one)
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Mexican cheese blend


For the topping

  • 2 cups masa
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold lard or butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups stock or water



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix dry topping ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Cut in butter or lard.
  4. Add water or stock and mix until a wet dough is formed. Mix in some of the Mexican cheese blend. Set aside.
  5. In a Dutch oven or other large ovenproof pot, cook the meat and vegetables, stirring regularly, until the meat is fully cooked.
  6. Add taco seasoning and mix well. Remove from heat.
  7. Spread topping over the mixture evenly, then bake for 40-50 minutes or until topping is cooked through and starting to brown.
  8. Serve with cheese!



 I used ground turkey and chipotle in adobo both times I made this. I also left out the green pepper because we're not a fan in our house.


Judah Kelber is a father, husband, Marine and, in his free time, a systems administrator for the State of Oregon. He also really likes cooking. His cooking blog can be found at HeyJude.typepad.com. He's currently in the midst of a pressure cooker addiction, but don't let that scare you away.