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Tamale Pie for Two

This fun, Southwest-style main dish features an easy tortilla crust and a hearty filling. “The amount of seasoning is just right for us,” notes Ruth Aden of Polson, Montana. “Make it once with my amounts, then spice it up if needed.”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/3 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • 2 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 2/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives, drained


  • In a small skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
  • Place one tortilla in a 3-cup round baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with half of the meat mixture and cheese; repeat layers. Sprinkle with olives. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 365 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 947mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • mello4413
    May 12, 2011

    @esmith-if you search for tamale pie she has the same recipe in the larger size :)

  • E.Smith
    May 11, 2011

    This was good! Although, since it makes a small amount I had to change some things. I realize this is a "cooking for 2" recipe but it sounded delicious so I adapted it for us and made them Individual Tamale Pies. I used 2 pounds of beef, one whole onion, about 1 tsp of the garlic and chili powder, 6 tortillas, 3 cups cheese and a whole can of olives. I followed the recipe and then divided the ingredients between 3 seperate 4 cup baking dishes. Turned out great and a perfect amount for us!