Cowboy Hot Tamale Pie

Since I am A Cowboy’s Wife, I thought I’d share a few cowboy recipes from now on.  First off is Tamale Pie!  Recipes like this are great to feed larger crowds.  This recipe serves about 6.


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 package chili seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (3 1/4 ounce) can pitted black olives, drained
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/4 cup chopped canned pimiento
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


Brown ground beef in skillet, breaking up meat with fork. Add seasonings and tomatoes; simmer 5 minutes.  Stir in corn and olives.  Combine cornmeal, salt and water; cook, stirring, until thick.  Add pimento.  Line greased, shallow 2-quart baking dish with part of cornmeal mush. Pour in beef mixture and make a border of remaining mush around edge of baking dish.Bake at 350 degrees F about 40 minutes.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake 5 minutes longer.

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    Lori says


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    Homemaker says

    I just came across your blog. Great job!! Your recipes look delicious, I’ll defintely be back :)

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    Chrystal says

    This sounds great!

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    Samantha says

    Smokin hot recipe, AND it’s a crowd pleaser :)Ooh, and I need an expert’s opinion on this, what’s your thoughts on the inclusion of raisins in traditional tamales?

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    Tamales are great but when you put the word pie in there too it makes it sounds even better haha. I’ll have to try it out.

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    Lori says

    Hi Samantha,

    Wow, I’ve never heard of that or tried so I wouldn’t be one to say to be honest. I would probably prefer them without but I like things plain. Sorry:)

    LOL Celebrity Foods! That does make it sound GOOOOOD!

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    Lori says

    Thanks Homemaker! I hope you do return.

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    Samantha says

    Nothing to be sorry about, I think I’ll just have to take the plunge and experiment with the raisins in my lab muahahahaha

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    Kate says

    OMG. My Mom used to make something very much like this. I’d forgotten about it until you posted your recipe, Lori.

    This is serious comfort food for southern folk, which is where my roots draw back to. Us kids used to fight over who got to eat the browned bits lining the side of the casserole dish.

    Yeah, this recipe is THAT good.

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    Lori says

    Let me know how it works out Samantha!! I’m curious to say the least;)

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    Lori says

    Howdy Kate! I really want to make this but I’m completely out of groceries:( We go next week. I love this and I make something very similar for the cowboys, or at least I did when I cooked back then. It was always a hit.

    I’m never lucky enough to get any brown bit because my kids are right there licking the pans, utensils, and anything else that has food on it! Geez, teenagers.

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    Anna says

    I made this last weekend for a potluck, and it was a big hit. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lori says

    Oh, I’m so glad you liked it!!! You should have taken photos so I could how it turned out:)

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    John Eng says

    I love this! As a huge tamale lover, this is an interesting take and very simple to make!

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    Mark says

    I love Mexican dishes, and tamale pie is a favorite. This sounds delicious! No picture, though.

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    Jo Anne Johnson says

    The Cowboy Hot Tamale Pie had to have been posted just for me! I’m one of those chili nuts who will try to find a recipe for chili ice cream … or anything else where chili powder can be used. This recipe looks like something I could serve almost every day. Now, if it only had a picture.

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      Laurie says

      Oh my goodness I hope you’ve tried this recipe since you posted this message! It is sooooooo good! I remember my Mom making a similar dish when I was a little girl I loved it, and this recipe really takes me back!

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    Laurie says

    That Cowboy Hot Tamale Pie is just delicious!! Thanks for sharing!