I attended the Latina Bloggers Conference on Friday. Within a few minutes of arriving a nice man sat down next to me and we started to chat. Not 10 minutes into being at the conference he asked, “Are you actually Latina?”

Ha! Apparently I forgot my sombrero so I can understand it being unclear

I obviously get this a lot so it’s ‘no big’ but I thought it was funny.

So, even though I am no longer vegetarian, I’m still Mexican. And even though my Meatless Mexican Monday series is taking a siesta, I have an easy Mexican inspired recipe for you today…

Now let’s talk about this easy and delicious tamale pie recipe…

I LOVE tamales. But making legit ‘spread the masa, fill them with meat, roll it up, steam…tamales’ is A LOT of work. My family only makes tamales for Christmas. We make a HUGE batch and freeze some for New Year’s. But outside of that we get them from a panaderia or the lady that sells them outside the store.

But here is the tamale experience in pie form – no corn husks needed!

Tamale Pie Recipe



  • 1 1/4 c corn flour
  • 2/3 c water, add more as needed
  • 3-4 Tb melted butter or oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  • 1 pound ground meat of your choice
  • 1/2 c onions
  • chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper
  • 1/2 c salsa (red or green)
  • Cotija cheese
  • optional: cilantro, green onion, monterey jack cheese

Directions: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cook onion until translucent. Add meat cook through, season to taste. Add salsa.

I used ground beef because that’s what I have. Shredded chicken works too.

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Make crust: combine corn flour, water, salt and oil. Mix. Add more water or oil until it combines easily.

Press into a well greased pie pan. I used a cake pan because I couldn’t find my pie pan and spent 10 minutes looking for it when I remembered I broke it a few months ago.

Bake crust for 10 minutes. Add meat mixture and cheese. Bake until heated through and crust is set another 5 to 12 minutes.

Serve with salsa and cilantro.



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