Until last week I had never eaten much less made a Tamale Pie and neither had Dan. Over the years I have looked at a few recipes but they never captured my interest. Most of the recipes I saw were pretty much the same. A couple of weeks ago, I saw yet another recipe pop up. I carefully read it and immediately said ” This sounds pretty ho-hum, I think I can do better.” Apparently I was successful because not only did Sparky really enjoy it, I took a casserole dish up to my neighbors and this is what happened. Tom told me that he loved Tamale Pie and had not had one in years. Many, many years ago, his grandmother often made them and it was one of his favorites. I was immediately intimidated because here I was a rookie and I had to compete with the memory of his Grandmother’s! I was truly surprised and humbled when Tom told me my Tamale Pie was the best he had ever eaten. Much better than his Grandmothers! The ingredient list is lengthy but it is easy to put together. Soooo…….here’s what I did. I cut back on the beef and added a can of black beans. Anaheim peppers have much more flavor depth than a green bell pepper so that is what I used. I added a can of diced green chilies, cilantro, cumin and shoepeg corn which is so much more tender than regular corn.
This is what we’ll need.