Aunt Christie’s Tamale Pie


This recipe today is courtesy of my Aunt Christie; she graciously agreed to let me share it.  Thank you, Aunt Christie!!

When I went dairy free one of the changes I noticed is that instead of craving junk food (chocolate, candy, potato chips, etc) I started craving “real” food….for about 2 months all I wanted to eat was french fries (okay, those are still kind of junk…especially from JIB – side note:  NO McD’s for anyone dairy free – they use a milk derivative in their fries…); then I started craving black olives – it is all I wanted to eat – that and A&W Root Beer.  I just couldn’t get enough of either.  When the olive craving hit, this was the first recipe I thought of.  Since the first part of 2015, I’ve made this 3 or 4 times now.  It’s not just about the olive craving but about how delicious this recipe is.  I hope you enjoy it.


1 ½ lbs ground beef or turkey (I use one pound ground beef & 1 chub [1 lb] Jennie-O Turkey Breakfast Sausage – if I just choose one I always choose the sausage)

2 chopped onions

2 c chopped celery (I eliminate this due to being allergic to it as well; I have substituted water chestnuts successfully; usually I just eliminate)

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 large can tomatoes (I use two – I like tomatoes; you can also use fresh, chopped up)

1 can corn, drained (can use hominy also)

1 can tomato sauce (I use 6oz)

¼ c oil (I forgot this step, oops…guess this could be optional)

1 ½ c cornmeal

2 tsp salt

1 tsp cumin

2 tbsp chili powder (I use my hot & smokey)

1 can pitted olives, drained (I use two)

Grated cheese (I blend Dayia shreds into fine)


Fry first three ingredients; when almost done, add garlic.

Meat sauted with onions and garlic

When cooked, drain and set aside.


Put tomatoes in a kettle and mash.


Add corn and 1 can of tomato sauce; add ¼ c oil.  Bring to a boil.



To 1 ½ c cornmeal, add enough cold water to just moisten [the consistency will be a paste, not liquidy].


Add gradually to hot tomato pot, stirring constantly, until it becomes thick.



Add next 3 ingredients.


Add olives; mix


Add meat.  Mix well.


Put in 15x10x2” pan.  Bake about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.


Top with grated cheese and return to oven for about 10 minutes more.

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