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Tamale Pie

Thom Hackett
Serves: 7



If prepared ahead and refrigerated, bring casserole to room temperature before adding corn bread.



3 slices bacon, cut in 1" pieces
1 large chopped onion
¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
1½ pounds lean ground beef
2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 Tablespoons chili powder, to taste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
12 ounces canned whole kernel corn, drained
32 ounces canned tomatoes
½ cup pitted black olive, chopped
¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese

1½ cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ cups yellow cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup real butter, melted

Cooking Method


  1. Heat oven to 375° F.

  2. Fry bacon until crisp; remove bacon and drain all but 2 tablespoons fat from skillet. 

  3. Add onion and green pepper

  4. Sauté until tender. 

  5. Add meat and brown. 

  6. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, corn, tomatoes, and olives. 

  7. Mix well and simmer 15 minutes. 

  8. Add bacon. 

  9. Turn into greased 9 x 13" baking dish.


  1. Beat buttermilk, eggs, sugar, salt, and baking soda. 

  2. Mix cornmeal and flour.

  3. Stir into buttermilk mixture. 

  4. Add melted butter; stir. 

  5. Spread over meat mixture. 

  6. Sprinkle top with cheese.

  7. Bake 30 to 40 minutes.

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