Wednesday June 19th 2019

Deep Dish Tamale Pie

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Recipe: Deep Dish Tamale Pie

Summary: Masa biscuits top a rich-tasting, achiote-laced chicken filling in this lean deep-dish version of tamale pie.


  • 3 ounces achiote condiment; or Achiote Substitute (recipe follows)

  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dry mint
  • 1/8 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 3 cups bite-size pieces of cooked chicken
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes (about 1 lb. total), cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch blended with 1/4 cup cold water
  • Masa Topping (recipe follows)
  • Cilantro sprigs (optional)


  1. In a l-1/2 to 2-quart pan, combine achiote condiment (or substitute) with 1/2 cup of the broth.
  2. With a heavy spoon, blend to make a smooth paste.
  3. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups broth, mint, and anise seeds.
  4. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking.
  5. Mix achiote sauce, chicken, onions, tomatoes, and cornstarch mixture.
  6. Spoon into a deep 2 to 3-quart baking dish and spread to make an even layer.
  7. Prepare Masa Topping; spoon topping in dollops over filling.
  8. Bake on bottom rack of a 400° oven until filling is bubbly in center and topping is well browned (45 to 55 minutes).
  9. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  10. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.
  11. Makes 6 servings.
  12. Achiote Substitute:
  13. In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons paprika, 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons dry oregano, 3 cloves garlic (minced), and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin.
  14. Masa Topping:
  15. In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup masa harina (dehydrated masa flour), 1/2 cup ‘all-purpose flour, and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder.
  16. Add 1 large egg white, 1 1/2 tablespoons salad oil, and 1/2 cup nonfat milk; stir just until blended.

Quick notes

Purchase the rust-colored achiote condiment in a Mexican market, or mix up a substitute from paprika, herbs, and vinegar from the Recipe above.

Per serving: 332 calories (28% calories from fat), 27 g protein, 34 g carbohydrates, 10 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium

Preparation time: 25 minute(s)

Cooking time: 50 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Mexican

Calories: 332

Fat: 10 g

Protein: 27 g


Deep Dish Tamale Pie, 1.9 out of 5 based on 9 ratings
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