Tamale Pie Recipe

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Dear Creatives,  Here is a new recipe we just made last night! Oh, so yummy!! I had to share it with you. Tamale Pie!!

Lindsay Olives

I have always wanted to learn how to make tamales! They are something we love, but I have heard they are so time consuming to make. It never dawned on me before to make a Tamale Pie so when I came across a recipe or two I knew I had to try it. I ended up adapting a recipe and then even found one that looks good for using ground turkey. My adapted recipe uses lean ground beef! I know it will be a hit if you try it! It looks similar to the one above, but I have yet to take the photo. I hope to add it soon!

Tamale Pie

This is an easy recipe. You may serve with Jalapeno's & sour cream or as is. If you would like a side dish a green salad would be great, along with avocados. This is a crowd please r as an easy week night dinner. Come back for more recipes as I will be adding them often! I hope you enjoy it! DearCreatives I hope to update with image later!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


Pie Filling

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 10 oz. enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 can whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 cup chopped olives
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Yellow Corn Meal
  • 4 oz. can diced green chilis - 1/2 for pie filling
  • 1/2 cup shredded jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican 3 cheese
  • non stick spray


  1. In a non stick skillet or frying pan brown ground beef. Drain excess grease. Add chopped onion & garlic continue to cook. Add salt & pepper to taste, enchilada sauce, 02oz (1/2 can) of diced green chilies, corn and black olives. Reduce to low Simmer.
  2. Preheat oven to 425*
  3. In a pot cook corn meal mush to directions on box. (2 1/2 cup water 1 tsp. salt & 1 1/4 cups yellow corn meal.) When cooked per box directions; then spray non stick coating in your 9 x 13 or 9x9 pan, add corn meal mixture to sprayed pan on bottom & sides while reserving 1 1/2 cup for top of tamale pie.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 425*
  5. Add 1/2 can diced green chilies to reserved cornmeal mixture.
  6. Take cornmeal crust out of oven & add beef mixture, then sprinkle with shredded jack cheese & top with the reserved corn meal mixture.Optionally you can add shredded 3 cheese to top of corn meal topping. Return to oven & bake for 20 more minutes.

Recipe Notes

Easy recipe! Enjoy & Share!


This recipe was adapted from Taste and Tell blog. I might just have to try this recipe from Lindsay Olives for Tamale Pie using ground turkey next time, but I have to say just using lean ground beef this recipe I adapted was a big hit!!

Have you ever made Tamales? Do you have a favorite Tamale Pie recipe?

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  1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your lovely comment! We love tamales and I’ve had a couple of versions of tamale pie at a few restaurants, but never tried making it at home. This looks easy and delicious! Glad you enjoyed my Honey Orange Chicken recipe! Hope you’ll stop by and let me know if you give it a try.

    1. Hi Mary thanks for popping in! This was a super easy recipe I hope you try it! I am going to try the HOChicken recipe & will drop in to let you know how it went!

  2. Yum! This is one my family would love. My husband made tamales for the first time recently and they were good—but time consuming!

    Thanks for linking up with my Homemaking Link-Up Weekend this past week! The new link up will be up Friday morning and I’d love to have you back!

    Have a great night,


    1. No problem Katherine, thanks for stopping in. Hope you try the recipe its really easy & good.

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