Tamale Pie


    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

    1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

    1 onion, finely chopped

    1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, minced

    2 tablespoons chili powder

    4 garlic cloves, minced

    1 tablespoon tomato paste

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    1 teaspoon ground cummin

    1 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes

    1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

    1 1/2 cups frozen corn (do not thaw)

    8 ounces Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)

    2 (6 1/2- to 8 1/2-ounce) boxes corn bread mix


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil. Add the beef and cook until no longer pink, breaking up any lumps. Add the onion and jalapeno and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chili powder, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, cummin, salt and cayenne pepper and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the diced tomatoes and their juice, stirring well to combine. Remove from heat and add the black beans, corn and cheese. Stir well to combine.
Prepare corn bread batter according to package directions.
Transfer the beef mixture to a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Spread the corn bread topping evenly over the filling. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly and crust is golden. — Adapted from a recipe in “The Best Make-ahead Recipes” from the Editors of Cook’s Illustrated (America’s Test Kitchen, $35).

Number of Servings: 8

As calculated by Sparkpeople:

6 points per serving

Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 304.8
  • Total Fat: 15.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 47.4 mg
  • Sodium: 235.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.1 g
  • Protein: 16.7 g

3 Responses to “Tamale Pie”

  1. I have tried this with a few different spins, salsa instead of diced tomatoes, rotel, etc. DELICIOUS! Thanks for reminding me about this recipe! :-)

    • Yeah…I don’t always follow the recipe exactly either! Like I said, this time, I used ground turkey, and 2 cans of beans (one kidney, one black)…and the diced tomatoes we had were with some sort of seasoning. But I like that it’s really pretty flexible and still comes out yummy!

  2. 3 Judy

    sounds really good — I think we will try it this weekend!

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