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Old fashioned tamale pie

Old fashioned tamale pie

Benefits of eating corn

Corn is one of the most popular foods all around the world. It's a good source of nutrients. It contains high fibers that absorb water and swells so it's satisfying besides it eases movement of stool. It also contains low fats and some vitamins such as vitamin C. Corn is a good source of folic acid which prevents heart diseases as it prevents buildup of homosysteine which is considered a direct reason for heart diseases. It also contains protein, carbohydrate, sodium and no cholesterol.

Tamale pie is a meal that depends mainly on corn. It can be made in a short time and can be eaten on breakfast or dinner.

You need

1 Cup full of cornmeal

4 Cup of water

1 Tsp minced garlic

2 Cups tomato sauce

1 Pound minced beef meat

1 Cup whole kernel corn

Chili powder as required

1/2 Cup diced onion

1 cup of sliced olives

1 cup shredded cheese


  1. Bring 3 cups of water to boil
  2. Mix a cup of corn meal in a cup of cold water then pour into boiled water and stir till it is cooked
  3. In a cooking pan put diced onions, 1tsp salt, garlic, chilly powder and minced beef meat. Cook till meat becomes brown as you'r stirring then add kernel corn and olives.
  4. Add tomato sauce and corn meal mixture and cook on low heat for 15 minutes.
  5. Brush a baking tray with butter then turn the mixture into the tray.
  6. Put shredded cheese on top.
  7. Bake in a 400F oven for 20 minutes.


Marty Baldwin on February 18, 2020:

Re: the Tamale pie- I recommend adding 1/3 cup vegetable shortening to the tamale “crust” after the cornmeal is finished cooking. As my mother used to say, cook until the cornmeal is thick...starts popping out on you. Then you know it’s done. Adding the shortening and mixing well before spreading it into the dish helps it hold together better and is easier to work with. Good luck.

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Donnee Willis on May 05, 2019:

Terrible, terrible recipe. It's just nasty mush. Do not make!!!

Marty Baldwin on January 06, 2019:

My mother's recipe differed in that she spread the cooked cornmeal (now thick) into the bottom and sides of the dish, filled it with the meat mixture and left a little to drop on top, and then baked it. Cheese added last to melt.

Marty Baldwin on January 06, 2019:

I think I'm commenting on the Tamale pie recipe. This recipe is most similar to the one my mother used. She always took it to our Arizona ranch 4th of July picnics and it never lasted longer than 15 minutes. I made it and took it to a church function and my relatives there asked eagerly if it was my mother's tamale pie.. gone again.

lisa walling on December 23, 2018:

I think the cornbread mixture needs to be spread on top - not mixed in.

Geralyn on September 25, 2018:

So Karen when u baked longer did it firm up

Karen on September 25, 2018:

It may be the casserole needs to bake longer to get the solid corn bread rather than “mush”.

Fred H on May 16, 2018:

Mine came out like mush too. Nothing like the pic.

Sheila Peavler on July 14, 2017:

Made this, this week and it came out to mush. You! Won't make again.

Phyllis Bargas on July 11, 2017:

Well, My cousin and I made made this recipe for supper tonight. I agree with Tyandell. The casserole didn't even look like the picture. It was more like a tamale pie mush. It tasted really good though.

Tyandell on December 17, 2015:

Ok made this an totally did something wrong mine looks nothing like the picture my corn meal.never cooked just mushy yucky stuff lol

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 19, 2012:

finally tried it :) LOL thank you

Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on December 28, 2011:

Hi, I have made sweet potato pies, but now I will be making this Tamale pie recipe, it seems easy. Thanks

Yoridale on December 01, 2011:

Simple recipe but i think i love it!

halola1999 from cairo on September 18, 2011:

wellcome Egyptian people; finaly i have found some arabic people here' i wish to help me . coz am so lost :D

shoaibhussain on June 20, 2011:

Its look yummy and delicious thanks for sharing the receipe

Anita Adams from Tennessee on June 17, 2011:

I just ate breakfast so I shouldn't be hungry but this receipe sounds like a great meal. It looks like an easy dish for me to bake. I love cornmeal dishes!

THAT Mary Ann on June 07, 2011:

Hey kafsoa, long time no read...but this recipe got my attention. Hope all is well..and thanks!

Tony Mead from Yorkshire on June 06, 2011:

hi kafsoa

another tasty sounding dish, I must try it. when I was in Tunisia I bought from street vendors a sweet treat that looked like a sausage roll, any idea what it might have been, an ddo you have a recipe?



kafsoa (author) on June 05, 2011:

Thanks Deborah:)

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on June 05, 2011:

Yummy! This sounds like a wonderful dish to serve large groups. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

kafsoa (author) on May 28, 2011:

Prasetio, Hi man, I thought you want to try cooking it and surprise your mom:) But don't leave the kitchen behind as a disaster:) Thanks for the vote prasetio:)

kafsoa (author) on May 28, 2011:

You're most welcomed Pamela. In fact it's granny's recipe:)

Thanks for stopping by Pam:)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 27, 2011:

I love corn. Thanks for share delicious recipes. I am glad to know this from you. As usual, I'll show this to my mom. Well done, my friend. Rated up!


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 27, 2011:

I have never made this type of dish but it looks delicious. Thanks for your recipe.

kafsoa (author) on May 27, 2011:

Yes "Wil C" It's a very good idea to share recipes you know. I believe it's very useful for people struggling in kitchen. Surprise your wife with this one, she will love it and might bring some good memories to both of you :)

kafsoa (author) on May 27, 2011:

Oh Quack, you're back my new old friend:) Try this recipe dear I'm sure you'll like it. Thanks for writing a comment:)

kafsoa (author) on May 27, 2011:

I'm so happy to see you here "darknlovely". Just close your eyes and try to taste it. Is it nice? I know people like you can feel and taste everything using imagination "Very sensitive":) Thanks for the vote too:)

Wil C from United States of America on May 27, 2011:

kafsoa, you are inspiring me to share some of my recipes. I know my wife will love this one. Thank you for sharing.

QuackQuackWriter from Mumbai,India on May 27, 2011:

looks lovely

Annie from NewYork on May 27, 2011:

Kafsoa at least you could have send me a slice of that tamale pie.(:) i am going to try that recipe, cooking is another love of mine beside writing... i love trying out new recipes....

great hub.. vote up

kafsoa (author) on May 26, 2011:

You're most welcomed Twilaelson:) I also like this pie very much.

Twila Nelson from Carmichael, California on May 26, 2011:

Thank you, very similar to my own mother's tamale pie. Although, we either did not use the cornbread topping or we layered the cornbread on top. I needed this recipe like crazy and again I thank you.

kafsoa (author) on May 26, 2011:

Oh yeah! You're a person with a sophisticated mood. Thanks for the nice comment.

Bubba Jasper from The Lone Star State on May 26, 2011:

This stuff is right up my alley! I will definitely be trying this one out. Looks like great comfort food and would be great with a nice salad and glass of white wine or a Mexican beer!

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