Tamale Pie

It looks like a complex proposition, but once you’ve set about to chopping and dumping, it really isn’t anything at all.  If you’re in the mood for cozy or Mexican or both, you will not be disappointed.


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 1/2 cups water, divided (2 c and 1 1/2 c, respectively)
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1/2 can chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped (just freeze the rest)
  • 1 can tomatillos, chopped and 1/4 c liquid set aside
  • 1 can drained and rinsed black beans
  • 2 c frozen corn
  • 4 small potatoes, diced
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 t cumin
  • 3/4 t oregano
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 c cilantro, finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking dish that is at least a 9″ x 9″
  • Bring water to a boil and add potatoes, cook for 4-5 minutes or until potatoes are beginning to get tender, drain and set aside.
  • In pan, heat oil and add corn.  Cook for five minutes or until corn begins to brown.  At this point, incorporate chiles, garlic, oregano and cumin.  Cook for two additional minutes.
  • Remove from heat.  Incorporate chipotle peppers, tomatillos (and reserved liquid), and cilantro.  Salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a pot, bring 2 cups of water and 3/4 t salt to a boil.  In a separate bowl, combine cornmeal and 1 1/2 cups water.
  • Once water reaches boil, incorporate cornmeal mixture and stir often over medium low heat.  Continue to stir until mixture becomes tender and thick (approximately 8-10 minutes).  Remove from heat and stir in yogurt.
  • Layer 2/3 of cornmeal mixture in the bottom of the baking dish.  Top with layers in the following order: Potatoes, Black Beans, Corn/Pepper mixture.
  • Pour remaining cornmeal mixture on top and spread using a frosting spatula or knife (this will be your “crust”).
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place on top of baking sheet (there is always the possibility for drippage) and place in oven.  Bake for ~1 hr.

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