17 Reviews

Delicious and easy to make. I think I might try it in the oven next time though. Spread that very nice cornmeal topping around a bit. I might also try some diced bell pepper or some mild green chilis when I do. I enjoyed this meal last night.

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Karen From Colorado December 04, 2001

New to the group, this is the first recipe I tried... and I'm sold! This was simple, inexpensive, and absolutely delicious!!!

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Kathleen Traylor June 26, 2001

The best tamale pie I have eaten. I baked it as a casserole dish in the microwave oven and it came out just fine. I froze individual 6 oz. servings in the freezer and reheated them in the microwave. I am preparing it again now for the second time but am making the portions bigger.

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Willam October 19, 2001

Easy to make, inexpensive, excellent flavor. The chorizo really adds to the dish, which tastes just like tamales.

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Mark H. October 01, 2001

This was great! I made a few changes to accommodate what I had on hand, but they were not enough to change the essence of the recipe. The only "meat" I used was a 12oz. tube of "soyrizo" (vegetarian chorizo). I used fresh corn because I had 2 ears leftover and fresh tomatoes b/c I had a ton to use up. I added a 4oz. can of diced chile to compensate for the missing seasoning from the seasoned canned tomatoes. Also, I used more cheese (1/2 cup mixed in, 1/2 cup on top as called for at end of cooking). Overall very few changes and was SOOO GOOD!!! I also baked this b/c I was too impatient!! 1 hour @ 375=PERFECT!!

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Holly033 August 23, 2009

This was pretty darn easy! We really liked it. I made it for some company and they seemed to like it too. I'm always up for trying any recipe that doesn't have a cream soup in it! I had to make a few adjustments for what I had. I had some ground venison that I was needing to eat, so I used that instead. It was pretty good, since with a tamale it's usually pulled meat. The venison was, I won't say chewy, but there was more bite to it than hamburger would have. More like pulled meat. The chorizo I used was hot flavored. It made the whole dish pretty spicy, but you can use a milder type too. With the hot, I think my sister went through about 3 glasses of water, though she's not much of a spicy eater like we are. I don't use seasoning salt, so I just added a few shakes of salt. I also don't buy taco seasoning packs, so I just did what I do to may taco meat, a little garlic, paprika, chili powder, cumin, onion flakes, and pepper flakes. I also took someone's suggestion and doubled the tamale topping, only because when I added one amount it all seemed to soak right into the meat. It does bake up. It was good with double to topping though. I also forgot to put the cheese on the top, but it was fine without it. The biggest part of it was that it seemed to be a little overcooked. As per instructions I cooked put on high for 5-6, but it ended up being turned off at 4 1/2 and still was overcooked. I'd say by about an hour or so. I'm surprised, because I used my smartpot. I'd say if you work all day, you should still be ok on low. This will definitely be made again at our house! Thanks for the recipe!

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enestvmel March 26, 2008

I cheated and seasoned 1.5 lbs of burger with a "chorizo" recipe from here on *Zaar. Ditto on the taco seasoning (mixed on up from the recipes here) Was a very tasty well received meal!

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princess buttercup November 22, 2002

I liked it...my husband LOVED it. All the kids turned their noses up at it, though. Oh well.

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Beth in Bolivia February 25, 2002

I would cut the salt in half. Did not seem to be kid friendly in our home, but was okay for adults.

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Mel2 January 17, 2002

I thought this was very good, but my husband felt it was "too spicy". He gave it a three, I gave it a five, averaged to four. If you have a spicy aversion, this is not a dish you will love, but it does taste like tamales without all the fuss.

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