Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Claire Spollen 
Hands-on Time
28 Mins
Total Time
43 Mins
Serves 4

Serve these individual potpies with a side of spicy black beans: Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper and 2 minced garlic cloves; sauté until soft. Stir in 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed and drained black beans, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind; cook until thoroughly heated (about 5 minutes). Stir in 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, if desired.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes, stirring to crumble. Stir in cumin, chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute. Add zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Divide chicken mixture evenly among 4 (10-ounce) ramekins coated with cooking spray. Place ramekins on a jelly-roll pan.

Step 3

Place remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cornmeal, and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl, stirring to combine. Bring remaining 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Gradually add cornmeal mixture to pan; cook 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in 2 ounces cheese. Divide cornmeal mixture evenly among ramekins. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 ounce cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

ElizabethinMN's Review

November 01, 2014
Oh man. This was so surprisingly good. I agree with a previous reviewer that this seemed a little more involved than I wanted for a quick weeknight meal, but it wasn't involved at all and was worth every moment. I will likely, in the future, prep the meat mixture on the weekend so that I can just make the tamale part and pop it in the oven for super quick cooking in the evening.

MadFox's Review

November 23, 2014
This recipe wasn't that hard, or at least I imagine it would have been a lot easier if I had a stove with working burners. I think the only part that was difficult was getting the cornmeal mixture to spread easily over the tops of the ramekins. All in all, my husband and I loved the flavor, and it's definitely something I would like to make again.

KathrynNC's Review

January 04, 2015
Very much enjoyed this recipe. Made with suggested black beans. Easy recipe overall but it was a little tricky trying to make the cornmeal mixture spread across the top of each serving. Will definitely make this again.

vgith001's Review

November 22, 2014

NEglmm's Review

November 10, 2014
Substituted ground beef for chicken as that was available. Turned out great with a nice level of heat. We will definetly do this one again!

StephanieLark's Review

February 05, 2015
Excellent recipe! I loved the topping and that the recipe is packed with veggies! I admit, I made a little extra of the topping, because that is the yummy part & I added a little extra chili powder. Great option for brown bagging for lunch.

steponme's Review

November 16, 2014
Pretty good and quick weeknight meal. Bumped up the ingredients a little & used a 9x11 baking dish. Used quick cooking polenta for the coarse ground cornmeal (essentially the same thing). Served with a green salad tossed with a lime vinegarette.

strongirl's Review

November 16, 2014
This was good. The filling would be delicious as a chili also. Loved the topping but my kid's did not. I will top theirs with crushed tortilla chips next time and just do the tamale topping for the adults. Really pretty easy to make.

EICrabb's Review

October 30, 2014
Very good. Seemed a bit complicated to make once reading the recipe, but really wasn't.

mp2908's Review

December 16, 2014
Delicious. Made in a pyrex casserole dish instead of ramekins without any issues. Kept it in the oven on warm for an hour before serving and no problem.