Chipotle Tamale Pie

Here is a great Mexican Dish that has a lot of flavor and is very easy to make. This is a family friendly dish and my kids love helping me make it.  It packs a lot of flavor and a little heat. You can tone down the heat or make it more spicy either way it is a great dish. Here are the ingredients you will need.

1 Onion, Diced

1 Bell Pepper, Seeded and Diced, ( any color will do)

2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

1 lb Ground Turkey

Salt and Pepper

1 c. Cornmeal ( I use Yellow)

1/2 c. All purpose Flour

1 Tbsp.  Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda


1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

1 Egg, Room temperature

3/4 c. Buttermilk

1/4 c. Milk ( More if needed)

1 (28 oz)  can Chopped Tomatoes

1 to 4 Chipotle Peppers ( seeded if you want it less spicy)

1 Tsp. Cumin

1 can Pinto Beans, Drained and Rinsed

1 1/2 c. Cheddar Cheese, Grated

1 Tbsp. Cilantro or parsley, Chopped


(1) In a large Skillet heat up 1 Tbsp of Oil over medium heat. Add The Onion, Bell Pepper and Garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the Ground Turkey, Salt and Pepper. Cook until the meat is cooked through and slightly browned. Add in the Tomatoes, Chipotle Peppers, Cumin and Pinto beans. Stir to combine and let simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.

(2) In a bowl whisk together the Cornmeal, Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Oil, Egg and both Milks. Whisk together until combined. Let set for 10 minutes to soften and get thick.

(3) Add the Cheese and Cilantro/ Parsley to the Turkey Mixture. Stir to combine. Pour into a buttered 8×12 inch pan. Level off and carefully pour or spoon the Cornmeal mixture over the top and level off. Bake at 400* for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let set 10 to 15 minutes before serving.


The finished dish. I served this with a fresh fruit salad with a blueberry dressing.

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