Tamale Pie

Budget Recipes

Comfort food never tasted so good or cost so little! Healthy, satisfying, simple to make, and absolutely delicious. Make this tasty meal a regular part of your weekly rotation. This version is vegetarian, but you can also add some ground turkey or beef for a little additional expense.

  • ⅓ cup pinto beans
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • ¾ cup masa flour
  • 3 Tbsp softened butter
  • ½ cup hot water mixed with 2 Tbsp No Chicken Broth Powder
  • Sour cream to taste
  • Hot pepper sauce to taste


Soak pinto beans in cold water overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse beans. Cover with fresh water, add ½ tsp salt and cook, covered for 2-3 hours or until tender. Drain and rinse. Spread beans in a greased 9” pie pan. Layer onion, pepper, ½ cup cheese and corn over beans. Spoon salsa over all. Cream masa with butter. Add enough broth to masa to make a thick batter. Spread batter over top of pie. Bake, covered (with another pie plate), 30 minutes at 350° F. Uncover and bake another 20 minutes, or until crust is browned. Sprinkle remaining cheese over crust and broil until bubbly and golden. Serve with hot pepper sauce and sour cream.