A tamale is a traditional Mexican dish, made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf. They can be filled with savoury or sweet fillings and while they’re AMAZING, they do take quite a long time to make. Let’s shortcut the recipe, while merging all the fun flavours into a Tamale Pie casserole bake!
- 9 inch pie plate or 8×8 baking dish
- Frying pan
- 1 lb ground beef can also use ground chicken or turkey
- 1 small onion peeled and chopped to a small dice
- ½ red pepper seeded and chopped to a small dice
- ½ cup frozen corn
- ½ cup drained black beans
- 1 small can of chopped tomatoes drained
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp garlic powder You can use fresh garlic too
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup shredded cheese pick your favourite kind
THE TAMALE TOPPER
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp of masa harina
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp granulated white sugar
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 6 tbps of melted butter + 2 more for the top salted
- sliced green onions
- sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Grease or spray one 9-inch pie pan or an 8×8 pan with non stick cooking spray, or swipe with butter. Set aside.
LET’S MAKE THE FILLING
- In a large frying pan, brown the ground meat, over medium to medium high heat.
- Add the seasonings, and continue to cook.
- Add the diced onions and peppers and cook until softened, then drain any excess fat.
- Mix in the corn, beans, and tomatoes.
- Sprinkle in the cornstarch and cook through until you can't see the cornstarch anymore. We are essentially coating the mixture to thicken.
LET’S MAKE THE TOPPER
- In a large bowl, whisk together the corn flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- Add the broth and 6 tbps of the melted butter. (we will save the rest of the butter to brush or drizzle over the top).
- Stir until everything is smooth, we are looking for a thick hummus/almost mashed potato consistency.
TIME TO BUILD THE PIE
- Pour the meat filling into the prepared pan. (sprayed with nonstick spray)
- Sprinkle your cup of shredded cheese.
- Scoop the corn tamale batter over the top and using the back of a spoon spread into an even layer over the top.
- Brush or drizzle another tbsp of melted butter over the top before popping into the oven.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the top layer has risen and set. This won't look like cornbread, but it will be more like a dense, slightly firm "cover" of corn/dumpling over the top. You can feel it's cooked if you tap it and it feels slightly hardened. You can also cut into it to make sure it's cooked through.
- Serve warm with dollops of sour cream, sliced green onion, hot sauce, and anything else you can think of!
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SOO GOOD! Enjoy! Meg xo
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