Tamale pie is a delicious concoction of spicy beef and corn encased in a creamy cornmeal crust. If chili and cornbread collided and fell into a pie dish this would be the result!
The hearty filling is made of ground beef, corn, tomatoes and jalapenos. The crust is more like a creamy polenta than cornbread, remaining soft and moist. With green chiles and extra sharp cheddar, the crust not only goes over top but gets spread over the bottom and up the sides too!
You can add beans to the filling if you like and for a vegetarian version you can completely swap out the beef for 3-4 cups of your favorite beans. Black beans, kidney beans, white beans. . .cool beans. . . whatever beans your little heart desires!
I love casseroles like this where you get lots of different, complementing ingredients and textures in every single bite. Warm, cozy flavors to calm those cold-weather hunger pangs!