Tamale Pie

It’s me today. No guest bloggers. Last week, I went to Trader Joe’s and went straight to the “tasting station”, where they hand out samples for you to try. I almost always buy whatever they are demoing. It was this tamale pie. I am not a big fan of polenta (unless it’s crispy), but I have to say I really liked this dish. It’s something you could have in your pantry. It takes less then 5 minutes to throw it in a casserole dish. You could even make it vegetarian by using vegetarian chili instead of chicken or turkey. The original recipe calls for a jar of their Cowboy Caviar, but I actually used the corn salsa instead.

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Tamale Pie

Serves 4 – 6

1 jar TJ’s Corn and Chile Tomato-Less Salsa
1 can TJ’s Chicken or Turkey Chili
1 can Black Beans
1/4 tsp TJ’s Cayenne Pepper
TJ’s Olive Oil Cooking Spray
1 package TJ’s Fully Cooked Polenta
1 bag TJ’s Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
TJ’s Fresh Green Onions, TJ’s Fresh Cilantro, TJ’s Sour Cream, for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the corn salsa, chili, black beans, and cayenne pepper. Mix well and set aside. Grease an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish with olive oil spray. Set aside. Cut the polenta into 1/4-inch slices. Cover the bottom of the casserole dish with a layer of polenta rounds. Pour chili mixture over the polenta and top with half of the cheese. Top the chili & cheese with the remaining polenta slices. Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese over the top and place in oven to bake for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve and garnish with chopped onions, cilantro and/or sour cream, if desired.

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8 thoughts on “Tamale Pie

  1. Hi Leslie, It’s great to see that you are now well enough to get out and about and cook and blog again. This recipe looks interesting Regards, Noelene

  2. I miss Trader Joe’s – especially their tasting stations – there was always a delicious little snack to keep you going. Also, it has taken me a while, but I have finally replicated their Tartare Sauce with Jalapenos.

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