Tamale Pie

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 17 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6


A golden cornmeal crust surrounds savory ground beef in a kicky enchilada sauce for a one-dish wonder of a meal. This is perfect for group gatherings or entertaining.


  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cans (10 oz. each) enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 can (2.25 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 CRUST
  • 2 1/4 cups yellow corn meal
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced jalapeños (optional)


beef, onion and garlic in a large skillet until beef is browned; drain. Stir in enchilada sauce, corn, olives and salt.

oven to 425° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

COMBINE corn meal, water, evaporated milk and salt in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened. Stir in chiles. Reserve 2 cups corn meal mixture; cover with plastic wrap. Spread remaining corn meal mixture on bottom and up sides of prepared baking dish.

BAKE for 10 minutes. Cool in dish on wire rack. Spoon beef filling into corn meal crust. Spread reserved corn meal mixture over beef filling.

BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with jalapeños, if desired.

Crust fix

by K. Kenneth , Chatsworth, GA on Feb. 2010

When I first read this I thought the crust directions sounded a bit off and I was right. First off you MUST use a quality cornmeal, and add at least one egg to it and a teaspoon of cooking oil. If your mix is not stiff enough just add a bit more cornmeal to the bit you use for the bottom crust. If too stiff add another egg or a tiny bit more oil. Be careful as it is easy to add too much oil. Also, if your family is not into hot chilies, leave them out or use a bit of chopped up green pepper instead. Using shredded or hand pulled beef instead of ground can make this into a really special dish.

Did not like the crust!!

by M. Melodie , Brighton, IL on Dec. 2009

I agree that the crust was difficult & not that good!!


by R. Rachelle , Talihina, OK on Jul. 2009

The filling was awesome, but the crust was too hard to spread or handle. I ended up dumping pieces of it on top. I think it would have been better with cornbread for the crust.


by S. Suzanna , Howe, OK on Oct. 2008

We loved it ! Even my 4 year old and everyone knows how picky they can be with food !

Tamale Pie

by T. Terri , Shoreline, WA on Oct. 2008


Cinco de Mayo Tamale Pie

by K. KAREN , WILTON, CA on May. 2008

Our Cinco de Mayo celebration was a success. This is our second year for celebrating Cinco De Mayo. Our blended families are a mixture and some full blooded so we want to be sure to celebrate their culture. We had so much food. I tried this Tamale Pie recipe. Everyone thought it was delicious. I've always made cornbread to go on top of my tamale pie and this one just mixes the masa like preparing tamales.It is so easy to fix. I will make this again. It is so much fun to get together and visit, and the children love to see all their cousins.

A working mom's dream

by R. Randi , GREENVILLE, MS on Mar. 2008

Delicious! And simple! I have two toddlers, and I would recommend it to any busy parent who's tired of eating fast food!

Tamale Pie

by M. Marguerite , POWDER SPRINGS, GA on Feb. 2008

This was an easy and delicious recipe. My family loved it.

tamale pie

by e. elaine , LITTLE FALLS, NJ on Nov. 2007

Pretty easy to make. Delicious and very satisfying. Great on a cold day, or any day!

tamale pie (the old receipe on the box of Albers c

by c. carole , ROCKLIN, CA on Sep. 2007

Hi there. Does anyone have the old receipe that used to be on the box of Albers Corn Meal? It called for chile powder instead of the enchilada sauce. If anyone has it please send it to me at jewelrymadame@yahoo.com