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.
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.