How to Make Tamale Pie

by Caroline M

A simple, fast, and tasty dish that uses ingredients available at Trader Joes! Total prep + cook time = 35 minutes


  • ½ Jar corn and chile salsa
  • 1 Can TJ's veggie chili
  • 1 Can organic black beans
  • TJ's olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 Package fully cooked polenta
  • 1 Bag TJ's shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Blue corn tortilla chips
  • Sour cream
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I bought all of these ingredients from Trader Joes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine the corn & chile salsa, veggie chili, and the drained black beans. Mix well and set aside.

    Step 2

    Grease an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside. Cut polenta into 1/8" slices.

    Step 3

    Cover bottom of casserole dish with a layer of polenta rounds.

    Step 4

    Pour chili mixture over polenta.

    Step 5

    Top chili mixture with half of the cheese. Then top with the remaining polenta slices.

    Step 6

    Optional: to add crunchy texture, spread a layer of crushed tortilla chips on top of polenta slices.

    Step 7

    Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and place in oven to bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

    Step 8

    Finished product!

    Step 9

    Garnish tamale pie with sour cream (and green onion/cilantro if desired).

    Step 10