Monday, August 20, 2012

Celebrate August with California Tamale Pie

California Tamale Pie
August is the only month without a holiday or other celebration of sorts.  So if you have a birthday in August (like me), appreciate that your special day isn't overshadowed by something else!

Okay, in August, what can you think of to celebrate with an easy, tasty tamale pie?  How about the Michigan Powerball winner?  I'm sure that person is getting his/her financial ducks in a row before coming forward to claim all $337,000,000!!  Happy winnings to you, Powerball winner, whoever you are!  And with that amount of money, you'll never have to cook for yourself again--please pass this recipe on to your new cook.

Now for a bit of shameless self promotion--I'm celebrating the release of my new novel, Escape, tomorrow!  Read last week's post to find out more. 

And now, on to food! This California Tamale Pie is for the crock pot.   It's simple and delicious, which in itself  is worth celebrating, and it tastes like a million!

This recipe is from Mabel Hoffman's Crockery Cookery. If there are four or more in your home, I strongly recommend doubling the recipe.  The first time I made it, I sampled some before dinner, but ended up eating nearly half--it's that good! Enjoy!

California Tamale Pie

3/4 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup milk
1 egg slightly beaten
1 lb lean ground beef
1 t chili powder
1/2 t ground cumin
1 t seasoned salt
1 (14 oz.) can chunky salsa
1 (16 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (2.25 oz.) can sliced ripe olives, drained
1 cup cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, mix cornmeal, milk and egg.  Stir in meat, chili powder, cumin, salt, salsa, corn and olives.  Pour mixture into slow cooker.  Cover and cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours.  Sprinkle cheese over top; cover and cook another 5 minutes.  Makes 6-8 servings.

I'd never heard of tamale pie until I found this recipe.  Have you ever had it?  Also, do you celebrate anything in August? Thanks for visiting!


Karen Jones Gowen said...

Tamale Pie is my husband's favorite dish. I made it often when the kids were home, it's easy and feeds a lot!

Old Kitty said...

Never heard of Tamale pie and looking at the ingredients it sounds like it's hot and hearty!!

Awww happy birthday too!! Yay!!!

Take care

Maria McKenzie said...

@KarenG: My husband loves it too--it's a great family meal;)!

@Old Kitty: Thanks for the birthday wish!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to you! My birthday is this month as well. Tamale pie sounds wonderful. I'll give it a try. Thanks

Maria McKenzie said...

Hi, Alicia! Thanks for visiting me:). Happy Birthday to you! Hope you enjoy the recipe;).

Intangible Hearts said...

I love tamale pie and will make it soon. My mom always enjoyed me making it. Congratulations on Escape! If it's only half as great as The Governor's Sons it will be a bestseller in a blink of an eye!

Maria McKenzie said...

Eve, you're so kind! Thank you:).

William Kendall said...

I've never heard of it either, though I have heard of tamale itself.

Maria McKenzie said...

Hi, William! It's so good--you'll have to try it:).

Norma said...

Maria--thank you, thank you, thank you! I can always use tasty recipes for my crock pot!

I hope I can post this comment. These captchas are a huge headache....

Anonymous said...

I love tamales and crockpot cooking and since fall is just around the corner, I hope, this recipe will come in handy. Thanks, Maria!

Catherine Hershberger, writing as Catherine Castle and C.D. Hersh