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Tamale Pie

This Tex-Mex style beef-filled casserole features three types of dairy products—cheese, yogurt and lactose-free milk.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 6



  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup lactose-free milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Pepper-Jack cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400˚. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • Combine topping ingredients and pour over meat in casserole dish.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until filling is bubbly and crust is light brown.
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