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Video: How to Make Tamale Pie

See the simple secret to this 5-star ground beef casserole.

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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. And for other tasty ideas, see more Chef John videos >>

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Jan. 1, 2014 12:17 am
Muy BonitO. Can I use maseca instead of Jiffy?
Dec. 31, 2013 11:07 am
There's not a tamale to be found in this recipe. It's Mexican corn bread...
Dec. 31, 2013 9:16 am
Dec. 30, 2013 9:14 pm
I make it similar to this recipe but I use tomato soup and I put diced jalapeños in my top layer of corn bread we call it Mexican corn bread pie oh and use a large rod iron skillet to make in its wonderful
Nov. 12, 2013 6:21 am
This is cornbread pie... not tamale.. where is the recipe with the real corn maseca tamale mix in it??
Feb. 28, 2013 12:53 pm
I can't wait to try this one, looks great!
Feb. 23, 2013 12:23 pm
I make something just like this without tamales but call it chili pie. Never thought to put cornbread on the bottom too but now I will! My kids love it!
Feb. 5, 2013 10:23 am
This sounds good! I am a big tamale fan and I would definitely give this a try.
Feb. 3, 2013 10:32 am
Great video for an easy to make week night dinner.
Jan. 14, 2013 9:06 am
The Jiffy mix is too sweet, IMO. Is there an alternative?
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