Personal Sized Beef Tamale Pie

People often ask me if I miss home when talking about my move to England last year. The issue with that question is I have never had a home to miss. But as for missing something from the US, other then my family, I would say I do miss Mexican food. I have such a wide assortment of flavours and foods at my disposal here in the UK. I love the different tastes from the Mediterranean, from Africa and all around Europe. But one taste that isn’t readily available is food from the Western Hemisphere. It is one of my dreams to one day open up a restaurant here in Newbury that features Southern California inspired Mexican food cuisine so that I can start my own movement of bringing those far away flavours home. But until then I have to make do with my own home cooked meals.

Recipe adapted from

Personal Sized Beef Tamale Pie

250g (1/2 lb) lean ground beef
1 small chopped onion
1/2 large red pepper, chopped
226g (8oz) tomato sauce
400g (14 oz) tomatoes, cut up
235g (8oz) whole kernel corn, defrosted
1 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
dash black pepper
113g (1/2 c.) grated Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

105g (3/4 c.) yellow fine cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
500mL (2 c.) cold water
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
113g (1/2 c.) grated Cheddar, for topping (optional)

Brown ground beef with onions and pepper; drain well.

Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, corn, garlic, sugar, salt, chili powder and black pepper.

Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until thickened. Add cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Set filling aside.

In a saucepan, combine cornmeal, salt, water and chili powder. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Stir in butter.

Divide cornmeal in half. Spread one of the halves into the bottom of 4 personal sized baking dish, they should be large enough to hold about 12 oz.

Spoon filling over the crust and top with remaining cornmeal; add additional cheese if desired.

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes.

4 thoughts on “Personal Sized Beef Tamale Pie

  1. Looks like a tasty recipe! And I feel your pain! I grew up in Texas (and still live here now) but I lived in London for 3 years and not having a great Mexican food place nearby was horrible torture!! Can’t a girl just get some fajitas at midnight!! Sheesh!! I used to have my mom ship me ingredients that I couldn’t find. FINALLY I found a really great place in this small hold in the wall place (they always are!) – I think I was their number 1 customer!!! haha

    • The best places are hole in the walls. I have been told about a few places in London but it is so expensive to travel there just for food. When I was living in Texas I couldn’t get good Chinese food so I started perfecting my home cooked Chinese food and in end I got good enough that even when we are around good Chinese restaurants we prefer to eat in. So my goal is to just perfect my Mexican food cooking. Good motivation. I have 4 tomatillo plants growing in my garden so it is a start to life with Mexican food even in the UK. 🙂

  2. That looks SOOO good! I love Mexican food so much, I miss it when I’m in other parts of the U.S. than my native Southwest, much less in England! I’ve tried “Mexican” restaurants in England twice and they were…horrible. Open your restaurant in Newbury and I’ll come eat there next time I’m in England. Meanwhile, this recipe looks great, thanks for posting. 🙂

    • Yes when you live far enough away from a country people’s opinion of what the cuisine should taste like is quite warped. But then again I found that to be the same way when it comes to good English food in the US. People have a terrible opinion of English food. So when ever I am in the US I feel compelled to educate my friends on good English food. Well I feel the same way about Mexican food here. All they know are these taco kits you can buy in the store. I had someone make it for me once, it tasted like they had cooked the meat in bbq sauce and served it in a taco. 🙁 I feel like my mission to show people good food never ends.

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