Southeast Dairy Association - tamale pie

Tamale Pie

This Tex-Mex style beef-filled casserole features three types of dairy products—cheese, yogurt and lactose-free milk.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 12 pound lean ground beef
  • 12 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen or canned whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

Crust Topping

  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • 12 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 12 cup lactose-free milk
  • 12 cup water
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Pepper-Jack cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400˚. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine beef and onion in a large skillet and cook on medium heat 10 minutes until beef is browned. Drain meat. Return meat to pan and add remaining filling ingredients; stir well and pour into casserole dish.
  3. Combine topping ingredients and pour over meat in casserole dish.
  4. Bake 30 minutes or until filling is bubbly and crust is light brown.

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