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.
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.
Now add in 3 tablespoons of Chugwater Chili Seasoning and stir until meat is coated with it.
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.
Then add this mixture to a 9 inch x 12 inch baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
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.
Add the cornmeal mixture on top of the chili seasoned meat mixture in the baking dish. Make sure it covers the meat filling.
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.
Add 1 to 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese to the top and bake until melted.
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.
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