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Sweet Tamale Pie Recipe
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Sweet Tamale Pie

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"This is a recipe I've been playing with and modifying for 20 years, It's a favorite at work for pot luck dinners. Quick and easy to make."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into a cold skillet; sprinkle in garlic. Cook garlic over medium heat until sizzling and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir onion, salt, and pepper into the garlic and olive oil; cook until onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Cook and stir ground beef into onion mixture until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Mix 2 cans Mexican-style corn, salsa, hot tomato sauce, 1 can chopped green chiles, and taco seasoning into ground beef mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover skillet, and simmer until liquid has reduced, about 15 minutes. Transfer meat mixture to a 10x14-inch casserole dish.
  4. Stir corn bread mix, milk, vegetable oil, and egg together in a bowl; fold in 2 cans drained Mexican-style corn, 1 can drained green chiles, Mexican cheese blend, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Spoon cornbread mixture over meat mixture.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the corn bread comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
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Aug 04, 2013

A far cry from Mexican tamales but a fantastic one-dish family meal. For the meat mixture, closely followed the recipe other than omitting the olive oil and using Taco Seasoning I from this site rather than store bought. Elected to use the HERDEZ® Mexican Cornbread recipe from this site since the Krusteaz® Honey Corn Bread Mix suggested by the recipe submitter was not available at local grocery stores and we prefer cornbread made from scratch. However, if the Krusteaz® brand is locally available, it’s probably a good choice as there are 20 reviews on Amazon.com as of this date, and all are 5* rated. The HERDEZ® cornbread perfectly complimented the meat mixture. When making this again, I would only use 1/2 - 2/3 of the HERDEZ® cornbread mixture for this pie as the full amount makes a top layer of cornbread that is somewhat thick relative to the meat mixture. The remaining cornbread batter would be baked in a separate dish alongside the tamale casserole dish, and then frozen for future use. After 20 years of tinkering with this recipe, bcummings221, it’s time for you take a victory lap as it’s as close to perfect as it can practically get . . . thank you for sharing!

Aug 11, 2014

Well, today's the last day before I break down my kitchen & pack it for my move to Chesapeake Beach, Md. Having lived in Arizona for the last 6 years, what a culture shock THAT will be !!! So, I looked at my poor dwindled cupboards & said hmmm, I wonder what I can scrounge up. Small amount of taco seasoning - A/R recipe, salsa & canned chillies, corn, olives, corn meal, pkg. bread sticks, can of tuna, some grated Cheddar, spices, an onion, and a few others that said "childhood favorite - Tamale Pie!!! A/R recipe says "Sweet Tamale pie" & I was in business!!! SO, here I sit, replete, (I can't believe I ate the whole thing!), having enjoyed the INCREDIBLE dinner this was!! The recipe didn't call for olives, like my Mother used to do, & since they weren't on the recipe, I didn't add them in. Next time I will, but when I intend to review a recipe, I try to be a purist the first go around. However, if they weren't a "part of the memory" addition, I wouldn't bother! Very few times in my experience, is a recipe exactly like I love it, & totally without need for changes, but THIS one IS!!! VERY nice work "bcummings221"!!!!!! And, thanks for sharing!

Nov 02, 2013

I made this using a can of Rotel mild tomatoes, one jar of my homemade salsa, a can of corn and a couple of tablespoons of my taco seasoning mix. I used some green onions in the cornbread topping and no cheese. I thought it was wonderful.

Oct 16, 2013

Got to try this from the original cook! It was fantastic! It's going to be my potluck choice from now on!

Oct 02, 2013

Fantastic! I took a a chance on this recipe because it was not widely rated, but the result is very flavorful and appealing to a crowd. I did replace the hot salsa with chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce because I like the deep flavor it gives beef recipes. And my tomato and corn products were not "Mexican" flavored, just tomatoes and corn. As always in our family, I used for the beef: elk, venison, or extra lean free range beef. I doubled the recipe and froze one (cooked) for later, but I didn't entirely double the cornbread portion so the meat to bread ratio was more to our liking. This is my first tamale pie attempt and this will be my recipe for the future!

Sep 21, 2013

I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it! When it was done baking, I pulled it out of the oven and added French fried onions and a layer of the shredded cheese on top, then popped it back in the oven until the cheese melted. YUM! THANKS!

Jul 25, 2013

This is excellent and the men in my house love it. I modified the recipe to omit the cheese because we do not have cheese lovers in our house! It was great and the leftovers are even better!

Aug 16, 2015

I substituted taco sauce for the hot tomato sauce and southwestern style corn for the Mexican style corn. I did also have to increase the heat and cook time to thicken the sauce before putting it in the casserole dish. My husband and toddler, who are both pretty picky eaters, loved it though.


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  • Calories
  • 430 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.1 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 51 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 22.8 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 15.1 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 1511 mg
  • 60%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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