Old-School Tamale Pie Recipe

Old-School Tamale Pie Recipe

How To Make Old-School Tamale Pie

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Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 60 minutes



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, chopped green onions


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, green bell pepper, and garlic over medium heat until the beef is browned and the vegetables are tender. Drain any excess grease.

  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornmeal and milk until well combined.

  5. Pour the ground beef mixture into a greased 9-inch (23 cm) pie dish. Spread the cornmeal mixture evenly over the top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the cornmeal is golden brown and set.

  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  8. Let the tamale pie cool for a few minutes before serving. Top with sour cream and chopped green onions, if desired.


  • Calories : 425kcal
  • Total Fat : 18g
  • Saturated Fat : 8g
  • Cholesterol : 100mg
  • Sodium : 840mg
  • Total Carbohydrates : 33g
  • Dietary Fiber : 6g
  • Sugar : 7g
  • Protein : 32g
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