This Tamale Pie recipe was inspired by a couple of things. When my Aunt Marcella died she left a box of old cookbooks at my grandmother's house. My Dad and I started to weed our way through the box and realized that most of them were from the 1950's and 1960's. If you've ever stared at an old cookbook, you'll realize a couple of things. We don't cook like we used to. Part of it is we have more available to us today when it comes to ingredients and prepared foods. We also wouldn't even consider cooking with lard or bacon drippings knowing what we know today about health. However, a lot of the recipes if modified, would actually be pretty good (and some not so good. I don't think I'd mix Coke and Jello in a recipe).
The other inspiration? I made Barbacoa Beef. While it was wonderful, we had leftovers and I didn't have room in the freezer to store them. So, I needed to get a little clever to make another meal that everyone would love that didn't seem like leftovers since my Dad won't eat them. When I stumbled upon an old Tamale Pie recipe. I knew I had found a great idea.
Most Tamale Pies have ground beef but this one has shredded beef. Since it was already prepared in the slow cooker, this pie didn't call for a lot of other ingredients. And, I'll be honest, I was looking for fast so I used a box of spicy corn bread that I found at Aldi. If you don't want a little heat, you can make this with a sweeter corn bread And, you can even make the corn bread topping from scratch if you're feeling adventurous. If not, the boxed is fine and it's an easy way to get two meals out of one.
I have to be honest, this tasted amazing. So much so, that we actually tasted it straight out of the pan which made getting pictures a little complicated. I think it's a great family dinner and think you will too.
Here's the world's best Tamale Pie recipe!
- Meat filling
- 1 8 ounce bag of frozen corn
- 1 box corn bread mix (other ingredients according to package i.e. eggs, vegetable oil, water)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Prepare meat filling in slow cooker according to the Barbacoa Beef recipe here
- Cook corn according to package directions
- Prepare cornbread mix according to package directions.
- Spread meat filling at the bottom of a large oven-safe skillet
- Top with cooked corn
- Spread corn bread on top
- Bake in a 350 oven for 40 minutes
- Top with cheese and cook another 10 minutes