Little tamale pies recipe from 1950

Little tamale pies (1950)

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These little tamale pies — as made with this recipe from the ’50s — are single-serving meals, with sliced tamales baked into a Mexican-style spiced corn batter.

Little tamale pies

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Vintage recipe - Little tamale pies (1950)

Vintage tamale pie recipe

Little tamale pies

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 cups Del Monte golden cream style corn (1 No. 303 can)
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1 cup potato chips, crushed
  • 15-1/2 ounces tamales
  • Sliced green onions and ripe olives for garnish, if desired


  1. Mix first 7 ingredients with 1/3 cup liquid from tamales. (Add water to liquid if necessary.)
  2. Remove paper from tamales; cut in thirds; place upright in 4 individual casseroles.
  3. Add corn mixture; bake in moderate oven (350F) about 35 min.
  4. Garnish as shown, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 775mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g

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