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Hot Tamale Pie

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch


  • 1 pack impossible meat or other plant-based ground
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic (1 tsp), minced
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (10 oz) bag frozen corn (1/2 cup set aside)
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies 
  • 2 cups masa flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups vegetable stock 
  • 2 Tbsp Just Egg or other vegan egg sub (2 egg equivalent)
  • 1 cup shredded vegan cheese (I used Daiya Farmhouse Jalapeno Havarti)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F 
  2. Warm a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat.   Add onion and bell pepper.  Sauté until veggies begin to soften, about 5-6 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until garlic becomes fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add plant-based meat, sprinkle with cornstarch, and add spices.   Brown meat, and taste for seasoning.  Add tomatoes, green chili’s, cheese, and remaining corn.   Mix well.  
  3. In a medium-size bowl add masa flour and baking powder.  Mix well.  Slowly, add 2 cups vegetable stock (May need a little more stock depending on the coarseness of the masa), stir until smooth.  Add 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels.  Stir well.  
  4. If you are using a cast iron skillet simply top meat mixture with the masa.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until corn bread is lightly golden.  
  5. If you are not using a cast iron, then place mixture in a 9X12” oven proof baking dish.  Top with masa and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cornbread is lightly golden.  
  6. Garnish with sour cream, cilantro, and/or green onions.

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