Hot Tamale Pie – A Good Substitute for a Famous Traditional Mexican Dish

Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish served on holidays and special occasions.  It takes a lot of time to prepare Tamales and each Mexican cook has her own way of making the “best” ones. 

In reality, few cooks in other countries will be able to obtain all of the ingredients for Tamales or go through the traditionally long process of making them. 

A delicious and practical substitute for the famous Mexican dish is “Hot Tamale Pie Recipe –”, a recipe from our friends at

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups diced poblano peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper
  • 2 (8.5 ounce) boxes dry corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy®)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk, divided
  • 4 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 8 ounces frozen corn, thawed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Spray a 9×13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Cook and stir ground beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until meat starts to brown and release juices, about 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and stir in poblano peppers, salt, salsa, oregano, and chipotle powder; cook and stir until seasoned beef is crumbly and no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  5. Mix one package of corn muffin mix in a large bowl with 1 egg and 1/3 cup of milk. Whisk to combine. In a separate large bowl, mix the second package of corn muffin mix with 1 egg, 1/3 cup of milk and half the Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.
  6. Spread the prepared corn muffin mixture without cheese into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle corn over the muffin mix, followed by remaining half of the cheeses, then the beef mixture.
  7. Spoon the corn muffin mix with cheese on top of the beef and carefully spread over the top with a fork, leaving about half an inch from the edges of the pan.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, until golden brown.

To see a video on the preparation, visit: Video: How to Make Tamale Pie –


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