Tamale Pie

Please tell me I am not the only one on the planet who didn’t know that cornmeal came from POPCORN KERNALS!?!  Who knew?  That is crazy!  It just so happened that I needed some corn meal tonight and I had a big jug of kernals just praying that I would grind them up!

Just make sure the grain mill is on the “coarse” setting, then pour in the popcorn.

I made my Mother-in-Law’s Tamale Pie.  I’ve never had it before, but I’ve eaten a fair amount of tamales in my life so I was excited to give it a whirl.

Tamale Pie (Recipe from Sybil Smith)

Cornmeal Crust 

  • 3 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp.  chili powder
  • 1 1/4 cups yellow corn meal
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.  
Cook until quite thick and stiff (about 10 min) stirring frequently.  
Set aside 1/4 cup.  Line sides and bottom of buttered 1 1/2 quart casserole with the rest of the mixture.
Tamale Pie Filling
  • 15 oz. can chili con carne
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup cream style corn
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Combine all the ingredients (except cheese) in a saucepan over medium heat.  Heat until hot.  Pour into casserole.  Top with rounded tablespoons full of remaining crust.

Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.  Bake in a moderated oven 350 degrees about minutes.


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I was surprised how much fun I had doing the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge! What I thought would be an interesting experience turned out to be almost an obsession. I ground up everything but the kitchen sink trying new recipes and seeing what the WonderMill could do. I love to cook and bake so it was very natural to be trying new recipes and experimenting. Participating in the challenge always kept grains at the front of my mind so I was always on the lookout for something new to do. This was my first time owning a mill and it made me feel healthier to know my grains were as fresh as they could get. Next I want to start trying sprouting grains and then drying and grinding them. There's really no limit to the new things I can try, and I look forward to continuing the journey!

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2 Responses to Tamale Pie

  1. Missy says:

    I just learned that a couple of weeks ago myself! My friend was grinding up some popcorn kernel to make corn meal. The recipe sounds good!

  2. Tammy says:

    Does it need to be popcorn? What about reg. corn. Our mill says it does corn but then in the list of things it does not grind is popcorn.

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