Wow Them Tamale Pie

Recipe by Sharon123
READY IN: 50mins




  • Warm the olive oil in a heavy or nonstick saucepan.
  • Add the onion and garlic, cover, and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the cumin, coriander, oregano, enough water to prevent sticking,and the carrots, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the bell peppers, zucchini, and chile, cover, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and beans, cover, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Preheat the oven to 400*.
  • Prepare a 2-qt. nonreactive casserole dish with cooking spray or a very light coating of oil.
  • Spread the vegetable-bean mixture in the bottom of the dish.
  • If you are using the Cheddar cheese, sprinkle it evenly on top.
  • Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg whites till starting to peak, then gently stir in buttermilk, and oil.
  • Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring, just until mixed.
  • Pour the batter directly on top of the vegetable-bean mixture, pressing it down a little with a spatula.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is golden and a knife inserted into the topping comes out clean.
  • Garnish with minced scallions, chopped cilantro,and, if you like, nonfat sour cream.
  • Enjoy!