Tamale Pie

Ugh, daylight savings time is not a friend to my blog at all. Yes, I work from home, but I work, so no blog pic taking for me. The result is at least 4 months of crappy pictures of yummy food. Sorry, thems the breaks!

This recipe from The Parsley Thief was a really yummy weeknight meal. What was nice is that it made a large batch, the recipe below is for a 9×13″ pan, but I made an 8×8″ pan and just froze the extra filling and cut the topping recipe down by half. Now I have a VERY quick meal in the next week or two by simply thawing the filling and topping with half of the cornbread recipe below. Part of me wants to try adding in some black beans, but Jim liked it as is, so that might be a battle not worth fighting here … but we’ll see about that. This isn’t very spicy at all, but has a great savory flavor, so if you want a little more of a kick, I up the chili powder and/or add a few dashes of hot sauce to the filling.



  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ lbs Ground Beef, lean
  • 1 medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 {14.5 ounce} can Crushed Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 {4 ounce} can Chopped Green chiles, drained
  • 1 {3.8 ounce} can Black Olives, sliced & drained
  • 3 ears fresh Corn, kernels removed OR 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup Cheese, shredded, I used a mix of cheddar and pepperjack


  • 1 ½ cups Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Spray a casserole dish, either 9×13″ or 8×8″, with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the ground beef, onions & bell pepper. Cook, stirring & breaking up the ground beef as you go, until it’s cooked through & the vegetables are softened. Add in the salt, chili powder & cumin. Cook for an additional minute, or so. Remove the skillet from the heat & stir in the tomatoes, green chiles, olives, corn & shredded cheese. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  3. Add the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar & salt to a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs & melted butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry & whisk until just incorporated. It’s okay to have a few lumps. Pour the batter over the filling
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the cornbread topping is set & the filling is bubbling. Let it cool for about 10 minutes & serve.

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