Tamale Pie

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
The amount of spice in this recipe is just right for my family—we prefer 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


  • 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


  1. In a skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Add tomatoes, onion and seasonings. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  2. Arrange 5 tortillas in the bottom of a 13x9-in. baking dish, tearing tortillas as needed. Cover with half the meat mixture, then half the cheese. Repeat layers, using remaining tortillas, meat mixture and cheese. Sprinkle with olives.
  3. Bake at 350° until heated through, 30 minutes. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 428 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 829mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.