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How to Make Tamale Pie

With all due apologies to those who take the time and serious effort to make real homemade tamales, this tamale and ground beef casserole is so quick and easy to make, it's perfect for a weeknight dinner. In this video, Chef John will teach you how to make a simple tamale pie. The secret ingredient here is boxed cornbread mix, which you’ll develop into a batter to form the “pie” crust. Simply layer cheese, frozen corn, and a peppery ground beef mixture between the cornbread batter. The casserole comes out of the oven golden brown and wonderfully perfumed. It’s a delicious meal and sure-fire family favorite that makes excellent leftovers—if it lasts that long. Get Chef John's recipe for Tamale Pie.

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  • betsypgarmy

Looks great, although I will do a GF bottom and top using Pamela's products GF pancake mix and Gf corn meal.

  • Ross

Made just like John's recipe and it is in the oven now. Can't wait till it is finished. It looks real good and now my wife is cleaning the big mess I made. Renee does not mind that because she like's it when I cook. ROSS

  • SharNel

I add 1 can black olives, Med. Or Large pitted and cut in half. Use more if desired. Yummy recipe, Thanks Allrecipes!