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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quick Tamale Pie


A friend of mine sent me this Quick Tamale Pie recipe.  It was so different than any of the other Mexican casseroles that I've made.  I had a roll of polenta in the pantry, so I decided to give it a try!  This was super fast and delicious!  It took longer for the oven to preheat than it did to throw this together.  I added chicken, but you could leave it out and make this a vegetarian dish.  We both really enjoyed this.  It was a nice change to Mexican night!





Quick Tamale Pie
(Printable Recipe)

1 polenta roll
9 oz southwestern chicken strips
1 15-oz can chili beans
1 cup mexican cheese blend
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
cilantro, sour cream and additional salsa for serving


Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet (or 9-inch square pan) with a little olive oil. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl combine the chicken strips, corn kernels, salsa, chili beans (and their juice—just dump the can in) and spices. Stir well to combine.

Slice the polenta into 1/4th inch slices. Cover bottom of skillet with overlapping slices. Pour bean mixture on top. Top with cheese.

Cover and bake for 15 minutes then remove and bake for an additional 15 minutes uncovered. Serve with minced cilantro, sour cream and salsa.


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12 comments:

  1. What a great recipe Steph!
    Sounds like it comes together in
    a flash. It looks yummy too!

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  2. Polenta is something I've never had. But, that casserole sure looks wonderful.

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  3. I love the idea of using polenta for this yummy casserole. I'm going to try it using a light Mexican blend of cheese and reduced-fat sour cream.

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  4. Can't wait to try this!! Tomorrow for sure soon as I can get out and get the polenta. Thank you.

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  5. first of all, love the fall all over your blog. sorry i haven't commented as of late- i have been following! i have just been too busy to comment and share my appreciation as a fan.

    secondly, what a GREAT recipe! so easy and such pop. cannot wait to try this myself.

    what a great way to promote breast cancer awareness! and don't worry, i am just as much a perfectionist, ha! they look AMAZING, you did great work! i cannot wait to see how they were finished :)

    thanks for sharing! love you/love your blog ;)
    -meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogpsot.com

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  6. This looks fantastic. Can you imagine fueling up on this before trick-or-treating?

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  7. This looks great. I love all your recipes. We should have a Birmingham/Alabama blogger get together!

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  8. That is different than the usual cornbread or bisquick style pies. I like it.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this looks delicious!

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  10. Are the 'southwest chicken strips' precooked? Seems like 30 minutes of cooking time isn't enough for raw chicken.

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  11. John - yes, the chicken is pre-cooked. Enjoy!

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  12. So glad you didn't use black beans! Everyone seems to think they are the thing to use. It's one of those things that you finally go, "Oh, I'm so over that!" Hahaha! Love your recipes, Steph! :)

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