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Tamale Pie

This tamale pie recipe is a tasty beef filled recipe that can be made when you need to feed a crowd. Our chili seasoning creates a great flavor when mixed with the cornmeal and cheese flavors in this dish. It will easily become a new treat that you will want to share with others.

baked tamale pie with cheese on top and cilantro garnish

Tamale pie is a traditional recipe that is fun to make but also will provide a hearty meal that will leave people feeling full and satisfied. It is a recipe that some families have passed down from generation to generation or some grew up enjoying. Taking a bite out of this meal has the power to bring some nostalgia into your guest's lives or introduce them to a new recipe that will quickly become a new favorite of theirs. Plus, if you like tamales and do not want to put in the work of making them this is a tasty alternative to make. You can also make this a gluten-free treat if you have food sensitivities.

Seasoning the Tamale Pie Meat

In a medium skillet brown 2 pounds of ground beef or turkey then add in ¼ cup of onion and cook until the onion has softened. 

browned hamburger in pot with diced onions on top

Now add in 3 tablespoons of Chugwater Chili Seasoning and stir until meat is coated with it.  

chugwater chili seasoning added to browned meat in pot

Creating the Base Layer for Your Tamale Pie

In the same medium skillet, you will need to combine 1 can diced green chilies, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can drained whole kernel corn, ¼ cup chopped cilantro, and simmer together for 5 minutes. 

diced toamtoes, corn, diced green chilies, and cilantro added to chugwater chili seasoning beef in pot

Then add this mixture to a 9 inch x 12 inch baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

tamale pie base added to baking dish

Adding the Top Layer to the Tamale Pie

Now it is time to make the tamale top to your tamale pie. In a medium bowl, mix 1 and ½ cups of warm milk or water, 2 cups of cornmeal, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 2 eggs beaten, 1 teaspoon of Chugwater Chili Seasoning, and 1 teaspoon of salt. This creates the corn coating that is usually associated with tamales but as a top layer instead of shell around the tamale filling.

water, butter, cornmeal, chili seasoning, egg on tray ready to make tamale pie topping

Add the cornmeal mixture on top of the chili seasoned meat mixture in the baking dish. Make sure it covers the meat filling.

cornmeal tamale topping added on top of meat mixture in baking dish

Baking Tamale Pie

Bake at 350 degrees in the oven for about 20 minutes or until cornmeal has cooked. You can test this by sticking a toothpick in the top to see if it comes clean or if cornmeal batter sticks to it. 

baked corn meal topping on tamale pie

Add 1 to 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese to the top and bake until melted. 

shredded cheese added to top of tamale pie

How to Serve Tamale Pie

Now you are ready to serve this tasty tamale pie. You can top this tamale pie with a dollop of sour cream or Chugwater Chili Dip. Add a side salad to this dish to create a meal. You can even make a large batch to take to your next potluck or family gathering. This is such an easy but tasty recipe to make that will feed a small crowd. Enjoy making this recipe or sharing this recipe with others.

square of tamale pie on plate with spoon and cilantro garnish

Now that you have learned a fun new Chugwater Chili recipe, here are a few others that you need to try out!!! 

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Author:Katie Kernan
Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie

This tamale pie recipe is a tasty beef filled recipe that can be made when you need to feed a crowd. Our Chugwater Chili Seasoning creates a great flavor when mixed with the corn and cheese flavors in this dish. It will easily become a new treat that you will want to share with others.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 50 Min


  • Filling/Bottom Layer:
  • 2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 3 tablespoons Chugwater Chili Seasoning
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can whole kernel corn drained
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 ½ cups warm milk or water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Chugwater Chili Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese


  1. In a skillet brown the ground beef then add in onion and cook until softened.
  2. Add in the Chugwater Chili Seasoning and stir into the meat.
  3. Add in the green chilies, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl mix together the milk or water, cornmeal, butter, eggs, Chugwater Chili Seasoning, and salt.
  5. Add meat mixture to a 9x12 baking pan, pour the cornmeal mixture on top.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cornmeal has cooked. Add cheese halfway through and bake until melted.
  7. Serve hot with a salad.



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