Hot Tamale Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons garlic , minced
  • 1 medium onion , diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups green pepper , diced (or poblano if you like heat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 540 ml
  • Can of black beans (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese , shredded, divided
  • 1 ½ cups Monterey jack cheese , shredded, divided
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup corn , defrosted if frozen
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Heat a large frying pan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ground beef to the pan and cook until brown. Reduce the heat and add in the onion, garlic, green peppers, salt, pepper, oregano and chilli flakes. Cook for an additional 10 minutes until the beef is cooked through. Stir in the diced tomatoes and black beans right at the end. Remove from the heat. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the cheeses. Set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Create a well in the middle of the ingredients and pour in the vegetable oil, egg and milk. Stir together with a fork. Add in half the cheese blend.
  6. To assemble, scoop the ground beef mixture into your prepared casserole dish. Level out. Distribute the corn over the beef mixture. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese over top of the corn. Spoon the corn meal batter on top of all of this. Carefully spread it out as best possible with the back of a fork to completely cover. Make sure there is enough room in the pan for the cornmeal batter to expand a bit.
  7. Bake for about 1 hour, until golden brown.