Tamale Pie with Cilantro-Lime Yogurt Sauce

I woke up Saturday morning to a sky full of flurries. It was coming down fast, and it was gorgeous! The surprise snowfall didn’t amount to anything substantial, but it made me happy and reminded me of what I missed about winter when I lived in California (polar vortexes: not so much).

Of course, along with the snow came another dip in temperature, which led to a craving for comfort food. I like nothing better than a hot bowl of soup or a steaming casserole on a chilly day. It just seems to warm me to the bone.

This Tamale Pie is one of my favorite winter recipes. It’s full of healthy vegetables, yet has a cornbread topping that cures my carb cravings, and the Cilantro-Lime Sauce is the perfect complement to the spicy filling. Give it a try the next time you want a warm, comforting dish; I think you’ll love it, too!

Tamale Pie with Cilantro-Lime Yogurt Sauce | Hello Little HomeTamale Pie with Cilantro-Lime Yogurt Sauce

Serves 4



  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 8 oz. frozen corn
  • 1 14.5-oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup black olives, chopped
  • 1 chipotle pepper, chopped small
  • salt and pepper


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg

Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 lime
  • 1 5.3-oz. individual container plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Saute onion in oil until slightly softened (3 – 4 minutes). Add zucchini to onions and cook for a couple minutes, or until it starts to brown around the edges.

Tamale Pie: Saute Onions and Garlic | Hello Little HomeAdd garlic, chili powder, cumin, and oregano to skillet. Season with a little salt and pepper, stir well, and cook for about a minute or until fragrant.

Tamale Pie: Add Spices and Garlic | Hello Little HomeAdd corn, pinto beans, tomato sauce, black olives, and chipotle pepper to veggies. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until heated through. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tamale Pie: Add Remaining Ingredients and Heat Through | Hello Little HomeTransfer vegetable mixture to baking pan. Set aside.

Prepare corn bread next. In a medium bowl, mix flour, corn meal, salt, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix honey, oil, milk, and egg with a whisk until thoroughly combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

Tamale Pie: Mix Cornbread Topping | Hello Little HomePour cornbread mixture over vegetables. Spread evenly to edges.

Place pan in preheated oven and bake until cornbread is golden, about 20-25 minutes.

While tamale pie cooks, prepare cilantro-lime yogurt sauce. Remove zest from lime with a zester or sharp knife. Mince zest and add to a small bowl. Juice the lime. Add juice to zest, along with yogurt and cilantro. Mix well and season to taste with salt.

Serve tamale pie topped with yogurt sauce. Enjoy!

Tamale Pie with Cilantro-Lime Yogurt Sauce | Hello Little HomeWhat is your favorite comfort food?

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23 thoughts on “Tamale Pie with Cilantro-Lime Yogurt Sauce

  1. vmg206

    This is an updated version of one of our favorite dinners. I am so going to try this, Elaine! Thank you so much for sharing at Brag About It Link Party this week.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  2. Becky

    This is perfect for this cold weather that we have been having. Yum! Please feel free to swing by my Tuesday Greens linky and link up this Tamale Pie or other real food recipes. Have a great weekend and I hope it warms up in your area!

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