Layered Tamale Pie

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I originally got this recipe from my Great Grandma Ce. But I came up with the layered idea. Originally there were no corn tortillas, and it was more like a sort of meat loaf pie. This recipe is interesting, very tasty, and kid-friendly too!

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  • add   1/4 cup chopped onions
  • add   3 cups shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese
  • add   2 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • add   3 teaspoons olive oil
  • add   3/4 cup water
  • add   1 (1 1/2 ounce) package taco seasoning
  • add   2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • add   8 corn tortillas
  • add   1 1/2 cups corn kernels
  • add   1 lb ground beef


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet and add onions; cook until tender, but not brown.
  3. Add beef, brown well and Drain.
  4. Mix in the Taco Seasoning and 3/4 Cup water; let simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered, stirring frequently, until spice mixture is no longer runny.
  5. Stir crushed tomatoes, corn, and cornmeal into the meat; mix well.
  6. In an 9X9 round pyrex (or well greased metal) baking dish, place 4 of the 8 tortillas on the bottom, spread out, to cover the pan, add 1/2 of the meat mixture over the tortillas,and then 1/2 of the cheese.
  7. Repeat this layering process, ending in cheese.
  8. Place in oven to heat through, and melt cheese (about 25 minutes).
  9. Cut into 8 pieces across, as you would a pie.
  10. Serve!