Tamale Pie

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 med sweet onion, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, minced
½ teaspoon paprika (or more to taste)                                                                                 1/2 teaspoon chile powder
1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1 tablespoon plus1 teaspoon sugar, divided
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 15-ounce can Pinto beans                                                                                                             1 15-ounce can Black Beans
2 15-ounce cans corn
1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup rice milk, or other of your choosing
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water
1 cup Daiya cheddar shreads


  1. Heat the oven to 400ºF. In a 10- or 12-inch heavy oven-proof pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-low heat and sauté the onions until they are translucent and browning around the edges — maybe 7 or 8 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, then add both cans of beans, raising the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 mins.
  3. Stir in the chile powder and paprika, ¾ teaspoon of the salt, 1 teaspoon of the sugar, the vinegar, the tomato sauce and the corn, and simmer all of it together for 4-5 mins.  Taste it for seasoning–it should be tangy and savory and delicious.
  4. Now whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and remaining tablespoon of sugar in one bowl, and whisk together the flaxseed/water mixture, rice milk, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in another.
  5. Pour the liquids into the dries and combine fairly well with rubber spatula before stirring in half the cheese and pouring the mixture over the filling in the pan.
  6. Top with the remaining cheese and bake 15-20 minutes. When the cornbread is nicely browned and cooked-looking, it’s done.

3 responses to “Tamale Pie

  1. Pingback: 1-Pan Tamale Pie YUM! | Plant Based Diet Adventures

  2. petit4chocolatier

    This looks good and powerful! Fantastic for football season; slice and go! Yummy!

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