Tamale Pie Recipe
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Tamale Pie Recipe

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The amount of spice in this recipe is just right for my family, who prefers things on the mild side. Make it once with these measurements, then spice it up a little more if you like!—Ruth Aden, Polson, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 3 cups (12 ounces each) shredded cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese or Colby-Jack cheese
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 428 calories, 24 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 79 mg cholesterol, 829 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 29 g protein.


  1. In a skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Add tomatoes, onion and spices. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  2. Arrange five tortillas in the bottom of a 13x9-in. baking dish, tearing tortillas as needed. Cover with half of the meat mixture, then half of the cheese. Repeat layers, using remaining tortillas, meat mixture and cheese. Sprinkle with olives.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand a few minutes before serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tamale Pie in Country Ground Beef 1993, p83

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"Leaving out the 1//4 tsp salt reduces the sodium content to 254 mg sodium. A big difference. I will try this using corn tortillas.


Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"So simple, but oh so yummy! Add some quac if possible."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"My family loved this! It's misnamed, being nothing like a tamale, but I prefer this. I used the frozen tortillas you bake at home, which taste way better than pre-made tortillas. Everyone said they definitely want this again, but would prefer the olives be left out. Added to my recipe box!"

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