Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Best Tamale Pie

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. 
Make Masa  

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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  1. That sounds super delicious! Yum. Thanks for sharing.

  2. So good! I have made a similar recipe. I used shredded pork and used the sauce I use when I make regular tamales. The pie is delicious and so much easier and less time consuming than making individual tamales!

    1. Yes, I have never made tamales because I can see how involved they are.

      My aunt use to make them when we were growing up and she shared with us every time they made them.

      I do love pork tamales the best of all.

  3. Sounds delicious! I need to get masa flour, but I have everything else. We love mexican food. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome, Kathy. We love Mexican food too.

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    1. You're welcome, Cheryl. I love to share recipes.

  5. You ha ve me longing for my friend T's mom's tamales-which they make by the hundreds in the fall for the holidays! I could maybe pull this off.

    1. LOL Sam. Exactly my thoughts. I could pull this off. hehehe

  6. I just love how you substitute and use what you have, I do the same thing.

    1. Thank you, Kim. It helps to avoid food waste and save us both money.


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