Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie

Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie
20 min
50 min
6 servings
  • Rich and Zesty Tamale Pie is a delicious dish to serve and enjoy family-style when you want the taste of tamales but prefer the ease of a casserole. Made with yellow or white corn meal, sliced ripe olives and diced green chiles, tamale pie is a Southwestern favorite.
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 can (2.25 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 1/4 cups yellow corn meal
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Pickled jalapeños (optional)
Step 1
Preheat oven to 425° F. Grease 12 x 8-inch baking dish.
Step 2
Cook beef, onion and garlic in large skillet until beef is browned; drain. Stir in enchilada sauce, corn, olives and 1 teaspoon salt.
Step 3
Combine corn meal, water, evaporated milk and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes or until thick. 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.
Step 4
Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Step 5
Spoon meat filling into corn meal crust. Spread reserved corn meal mixture over meat filling.
Step 6
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes; sprinkle with cheese.
Step 7
Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with pickled jalapeños.