Used diced tomatoes with jalapeno, otherwise made the filling to recipe. Used brown sugar in the topping and added 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/4 tsp chipotle pepper. Baked on the top oven rack and just before serving "glazed" the topping with a small pat of butter. Would try again with the suggested substitution of beef & black beans, but would add some cumin & maybe ancho to the filling. Definitely a recipe that can be tweaked to taste -- from mild to very hot.
Turkey Tamale Potpie
carolfitz Posted: 12/09/08
LindsayC Posted: 04/08/09
I gave this 4 stars because it is worth trying, but with significant alterations. I made it once according to the recipe, and I agree with all of the other reviews that the filling bland is bland and the cornbread topping is dry and tasteless as well. I made it a second time, and used many of the suggestions that were made by other reviewers. I used diced tomatoes with chilies instead of the plain tomatoes (Rotel will work), added a tsp. of cumin, about a half a cup of frozen corn, pinto beans instead of kidney, and I added some chopped cilantro. I also used a cornbread mix made with skim milk instead of making the recipe's version. It turned out a ton better the second time around! I would give it 5 stars with the changes :).
Karlamkarmo Posted: 04/26/09
With my modifications I'd say this is 5 stars. After reading the reviews I did black beans instead of kidney beans and added corn. I added about 2tsp tumeric to the ground turkey when cooking. I waited and added the oregano and chili powder to the mixture in the pan not the ground turkey as cooking, and I also added about 2 tbsp of Red Devil to the mixture. I also added an extra tsp of sugar to the cornmeal but next time I think I'll use honey instead of sugar. The end result got 2 thumbs up from the hubby.
Jance1 Posted: 01/31/09
A nice idea, but needs a major overwork. The filling is just the assorted ingredients, no binding no coming together. I agree with everyone who wants to add cumin some smoked chilis, corn, black beans, but it still needs more to bring the body together. The topping is also much more coarse than a tamale wrapping.
runrgirldvm Posted: 11/21/10
This is a great recipe WITH THE SUGGESTED CHANGES (otherwise it was a little bland). I used diced tomatoes with green chiles, instead of plain diced tomatoes, to add a little spice; I added 3/4 tsp cumin to the meat mixture; I added about 1/2 tsp. cracked red pepper because I like it a bit spicy; I used black beans instead of kidney beans; I used Jiffy cornbread mix instead of making my own (it's so much easier and is basically the same ingredients). The recipe is super easy and great on rainy days!!
AganaBaby Posted: 12/14/11
This was delicious! Instead of the no salt tomatoes, I used a can of the "petite cut tomatoes with zesty jalapenos"... just to give it a little more of a "kick." My family likes things a little spicy. I even made this recipe "vegan style" with a combination of Chik'n Strips and extra firm tofu in the filling and soy milk for the corn bread! This is a keeper! I'll definitely make it again.
ESmith6 Posted: 12/03/11
This recipe provides a good base to start from. I added cumin and subbed black beans as suggested. I used half Mexican hot chili powder and half regular chili powder and drained the diced tomatoes and filled the can with salsa. I also added a couple of teaspoons of adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers. Finally, I topped it with Jiffy cornbread mix. With the changes it was delicious!
SSAIOKC Posted: 12/26/12
A very easy weeknight meal that even the kids will love.
mkathrynm Posted: 01/01/13
Needs significant work. I thought that this recipe was very bland and dry. There are better tamale pie recipes in past issues of Cooking Light.
LadyAlethea Posted: 01/30/13
Typically, I make a recipe as written the first time I make it. However, after reading the reviews, I took into consideration all the suggestions and made some changes. First, I chose Muir Glen Organic Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Serranos; this brand is *amazing* and never fails to enhance anything I use it in. Second, I added a can of Green Giant white corn with serranos. I used a cornbread mix for the top (Gene Autrey mix, because it doesn't have sugar in it). I also added cumin as suggested. This was seriously good; my hubby had seconds! He ate his with sour cream and asked if I'd add black olives next time, which I will. I will also switch to black beans as we all prefer them to kidneys (unless of course we're having redbeans and rice). I'll definitely be making this again.
calciomom Posted: 01/07/13
Very good basic recipe. I used regular ground turkey, not the breast, which makes it drier. I also drained the tomatoes and added salsa, a chipotle chili chopped up, the cumin and black beans. I topped it with a box of Trader Joe's cornbread mix. It was fabulous. Will definitely make again!
emmoynihan Posted: 01/16/13
I did add as others did. I mixed together my own spice mix, similar to a taco seasoning packet, added a can of green chiles to the turkey mix, black beans instead of kidney, and fresh cilantro to the corn bread topping. It was a fresh note to plain corn bread. I served with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and a dollop of mashed avocado.