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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