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Tamale Pie April 15, 2010

Filed under: Recipe — Desiree @ 9:03 pm
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I love tamales, but they   t    a    k    e                s       o                          l          o         n            g        to make.  So I whipped this up and I think it makes a lovely substitution!  This was a one dish for me.  I cooked the meat and veggie mixture in the same large pan I baked it in.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups corn kernels (fresh, frozen or canned(drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups Masa Flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2/3 cup shortning
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, bell pepper and garlic until meat is longer pink and vegetables are tender (about 5 minutes).
  3. Stir in seasonings, tomatoes, beans and corn and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. While mixture is simmering go ahead and combine masa with water in a medium sized bowl, mixing with fork until mixed well.  Add baking powder and shorting, using a pastry cutter to incorporate fully.   Dough will be pasty and thick.
  5. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray (or large casserole dish).
  6. Spoon in meat mixture.
  7. Spread masa mixture over and bake for 20 minutes.  (Spread is a figurative word.  I put a ball in my hand, flattened it and laid it on top of the meat mix.  Several times.)
  8. Add cheese and bake for another 12 minutes, until cheese is melty and delicious looking!
  9. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  10. Serves well with rice.

Tamale Pie in the pan

All served up nicely on a plate with rice and sour cream. I want to add that while this looks like a HUGE plate of food (and that is the point) it's a small saucer plate, which I've taken to eating all my meals on so it seems like I'm eating more than am. Diet Psychology. Word.


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