Skillet Tamale Pie


Yields: Serves 4
ground beef, skillet meal


We have replaced the cheddar cheese with a Mexican blend in the past.


  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sour cream, plus more for serving
  • ½ cup yellow corn meal
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 15 oz can of chili beans (do not drain)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Position a rack in the upper third of the over; preheat to 450 degrees. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring until softened (about 3 minutes). Add the ground beef, chili powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until browned (about 5 minutes). Remove from the heat and stir in the beans.

  2. Whisk the eggs, sour cream, and ½ cup water in a medium bowl. Add the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper; stir until smooth. Stir in ½ cup of cheddar.

  3. Pour the cornmeal mixture over the beef in the skillet; spread evenly. Transfer to the over and bake until the topping is golden brown and firm, 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining ½ cup of cheddar. Switch the oven to broil; broil until the cheese is browned and bubbling, 1 to 3 minutes. Serve with sour cream.