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Turkey and Black Bean Tamale Pie

Updated February 23, 2016
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My mom is the tamale pie queen, and to many of us children of the fifties, tamale pies represent the best of comfort food. Here’s an updated version of this classic, which you can vary according to mood and what you have on hand. Try substituting hominy for the black beans, or adding a chopped green bell pepper to the saucepan with the onion.

6 to 8 servings

Cooking Methodbaking, sauteeing

CostInexpensive

Moderate

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Equipmentbaking/gratin dish

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Moodblue

Taste and Texturecheesy, savory, spiced

Type of DishThanksgiving Leftovers, savory/pot pie

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, or more to taste
  • 2 cups Homemade Turkey Stock 101 canned reduced-sodium broth
  • One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups cooked turkey, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 12 ounces)
  • One 15.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 1½ cups yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

Instructions

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9 × 13-inch baking dish.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeno, and cook, stirring often, until the onion is golden, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with the flour and chili powder, and stir until vegetables are coated.

Gradually stir in the broth, then the tomato sauce and ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring often to avoid scorching, until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the turkey, black beans, and corn. Pour into the prepared dish.

In another medium saucepan, bring 1½ cups water and the remaining ¾ teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat. In a small bowl, whisk the cornmeal with 1½ cups cold water. Whisk into the boiling water and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thick and boiling, about 1 minute. Spread over the turkey mixture as smoothly as possible. Sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake until the turkey mixture is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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This meal was easy to make and tasted fantastic! I was pleasantly surprised when my kids also enjoyed this dish; it is a great and easy way to get your tamale fix. I added a few more jalapeños my 2nd time making this for my husband and friends. Yumm!

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