Lori Brown of the Whippoorwill Holler YouTube channel has this video for The Best Tamale Pie and I just had try it. She used ground beef in her video but says that leftover pork roast or chicken will work in the recipe too.
She makes a sauce with the meat and says you can use crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce and said you can make the filling/sauce out of what you like to eat. I added some Taco Bell sauce to my meat sauce and also added corn and black olives.
The Best Tamala Pie
1.5 to 2 pounds of ground chuck beef (Used 2 pounds, will use 1.5 next time)
1 cup crushed tomatoes (I used a can of Rotel for the tomatoes/green chilis)
1 can diced green chilis
1/4 cup taco seasoning mix (I used a packet of chili seasoning)
1 can fire roasted corn
1 can sliced black olives
Garlic, Onion Powder, and Cumin to taste, if desired
Salt and Pepper to teste
Brown ground beef and drain.
Add other ingredients and
Let simmer for about ten minutes.
Taste and adjust for seasoning if needed.
Masa Harina Topping
2 cups Masa Harina Flour (This is the kind she and I both used)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 & 1/2 cups chicken broth (You may need more or less, I used closer to 2 cups)
1 stick melted butter
Combine masa, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl.
Melt butter in separate bowl and add to masa mixture.
Stir together along with the chicken broth.
Please meat mixture in a sprayed 9 x 13 pan.
Cover with masa dough.
Spread masa dough thin over the top to cover the entire pie.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
I used several spicy ingredient in this recipe (chili seasoning, fire roasted corn, Rotel) and therefore it turned out spicy, not spicy hot, but spicy, so I served this with some sour cream to cut the spicy flavor.
Verdict: This was a big hit with the family. Bailey loved it and claimed it was one of her favorite dishes of all time and that we had to make it regularly now.
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