Authentic Mexican Tamale Pie

Recipe by Galley Wench
READY IN: 1hr 5mins




  • In a large pot brown ground beef, sausage, onion and garlic, breaking meat into small pieces. Drain of excess grease.
  • Add poblano pepper and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1 cup beer and one can of black beans.
  • Add ground cumin, chili powders, chipoltes, adobe sauce, oregeano, and cocoa.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and turn down to a simmer and cook for 35 - 45 minutes, adding more beer or broth as needed (keep in mind that the mashed black beans will be added as a thickner).
  • Drain the remaining can of beans and lightly mash.
  • To thicken, add the crushed black beans and adjust spices and liquid as needed.
  • Bring to a simmer again for 5 minutes; squeeze in juice of one lime before serving.
  • Place corn husk in large bowl and fill with warm water.
  • Weight husks down with saucer and soak until soft, about 2 hours.
  • Char chilies directly over gas flame or under broiler until blackened on all sides.
  • Place in medium bowls, cover tightly with plastic.
  • Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Peel, seed and chop chilies, set aside.
  • To make dough:
  • If using cornmeal, place in food processor and process until fine, 3 or 4 minutes.
  • In food processor, blend cornmeal/Masa Harina, butter, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt until coarse meal forms.
  • Add broth and blend in (mixture will be crumbly).
  • Transfer masa mixture to large bowl.
  • In food processor blend 2 1/2 cups corn, 1 cup cheese, baking powder, black pepper and 1 1/4 teaspoon salt until coarse puree forms.
  • Stir puree into masa mixture until blended.
  • Add the rest of the corn (1 1/2 cups) to masa mixture.
  • Assemble:
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • In using corn husk; Remove from water, pat dry and line 9 x 11 shallow dish, overlapping to avoid leakage.
  • Spray corn husk or baking dish (if not using husk).
  • Spread half of cornmeal mixture on the husk or bottom of the dish.
  • Spread warm chili on top of the cornmeal.
  • Sprinkle green chilies on top of the chili.
  • Evenly spread the remaining cornmeal mixture on top.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  • Loosely cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil and return to oven and bake additional 25 minuters or until the cornmeal is firm and the chili bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with Cilantro Cream Recipe #171578.