Project Description

Tamale Pie

Savory, simple and delicious!

  • ¾ cup masa harina (or cornmeal)
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup hot water
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth powder
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1-15 oz cans black or pinto beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup grated queso oaxaca (or other) cheese, divided
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup salsa
  • Hot sauce
  • Sour cream


Cream masa with butter. Mix hot water and broth, stirring to dissolve powder. Add enough broth to masa to make a thick batter; stirring well. Add additional broth or hot water until you have a thick but pourable batter. Brown ground beef thoroughly in a skillet or frying pan. Drain off excess fat. Transfer to a greased casserole dish, deep pie plate, or keep it in the iron skillet. Add beans and layer onion, pepper, ½ cup grated cheese, and corn over beans; spoon salsa over all. Spread batter over top of salsa. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes at 350°F. Uncover, sprinkle remaining cheese over top and bake another 20 minutes, until browned. Serve with hot sauce & sour cream.