California Tamale Pie
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
Have made this with changes to my mother's recipe adding chopped green chiles, cilantro, onions and diced strained diced tomatoes and only half the jar of salsa. I make this in a Dutch oven which is then easily transferred too oven for 1hr. Must be stirred every 15min to keep from sticking. This is just the way my mother made it.
Easy and delicious! Much better than the recipes that call for Jiffy cornbread mix, which I found to be to bready (not really a word, but you know what I mean). I like the cornmeal mixed with the broth much better, as it is more consistent of a tamale. Do not mix the cornmeal mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients, just leave it as a paste at the bottom and top with the rest of the ingredients. I did not change the recipe except to add some garlic and onion powder to the beef.The salsa is important, find one that you like. I used Tostitas restaurant style which is not chunky or sweet, which I prefer.(Rotel with green chilis would work well also). It turned out great! Everyone in our family loved it, and it is super cheap to make! This is a keeper, thanks for sharing!
Can't wait to try this!! My grandma used to make this, minus the beans and salsa, but using rotel tomatoes instead. She used a lot of corn, and olives in it. Probably made a double batch of what this is, as there were about 25-30 of us in the family, and everyone absolutely loved tamale pie!!!! Thanks for recipe, I've been looking for it for years!! My grandmother passed about 25 years ago, my momma, about 20 years ago, my aunt, 20 years ago.. They were the only ones who knew how to make this. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!