Tamale Pie

by angelika on July 3, 2012

Tamale pie is my ultimate pantry meal. I’ve been making this for as long as I can remember. We have our share of taco nights, which are just as easy to put together, but not always as healthy and hearty. Tamale pie on the other hand, can be loaded with veggies in a way taco’s don’t aways withstand. It’s an amazing way to clear out the rest of the vegetables in your fridge before your next CSA delivery or shopping trip. You can really put just about anything in here. You can even use boxed cornbread, which makes it so effortless it’s crazy! This is also a favorite dish of mine to contribute to a potluck, since it is hearty and feeds a lot of people- but also reheats well. 


Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion until translucent. Add the spices and stir. Add the garlic and carrots and stir. Saute for 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Cover until the veggies are tender crisp. Stir in the beans and cover for 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Taste for salt. I salt my beans when I cook them so I don’t add a lot to the dish. If you are using cheese add it now and set the dish aside. 

To make the cornbread whisk together the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another. Combine the dry into the wet and stir with a wooden spoon until it comes together.
Place your bean and veggie mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish or an oven proof vessel. Spread the cornbread over top. Bake at 375º for 30-40 minutes, looking for the cornbread to be finished. Use a toothpick to test.
Serve with taco toppings. We like olives, grated cheese and guacamole. Cilantro and onions for the adults. Sour cream is also excellent. Salsa. Really anything you love on a taco or burrito would be perfect on this Tamale Pie.
Tamale Pie
 
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my go to pantry meal, sure to please the whole family
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Recipe type: entree, main
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 cup broccoli floretes
  • 3 cups beans (I used black and pinto)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • salt to taste
  • cornbread
  • adapted from allrecipes
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used plain yogurt)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion until translucent. Add the spices and stir. Add the garlic and carrots and stir. Saute for 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Cover until the veggies are tender crisp. Stir in the beans and cover for 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Taste for salt. I salt my beans when I cook them so I don’t add a lot to the dish. If you are using cheese add it now and set the dish aside.
  2. To make the cornbread whisk together the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another. Combine the dry into the wet and stir with a wooden spoon until it comes together.
  3. Place your bean and veggie mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish or an oven proof vessel. Spread the cornbread over top. Bake at 375º for 30-40 minutes, looking for the cornbread to be finished. Use a toothpick to test.
  4. Serve with taco toppings. We like olives, grated cheese and guacamole. Cilantro and onions for the adults. Sour cream is also excellent. Salsa. Really anything you love on a taco or burrito would be perfect on this Tamale Pie.

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Andrea V July 4, 2012 at 5:11 am

This looks sooooooo delicious!

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christine July 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

What a great recipe! This is my first comment but certainly not my first recipe of yours that I’ve made, and the flavors in this came out wonderfully! I like the updated look of your blog as well. You inspire me to cook more at home – thank you!

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angelika July 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Thank you very much! :)

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