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Tamale Pie Recipe for the Ninja Foodi

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This tamale pie is my go-to comfort food. It's a hearty mix of ground beef, veggies, and spices, topped with a cheesy cornbread crust. Baked to perfection in my Ninja Foodi, it's simply irresistible!

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Let's transport our taste buds with this vibrant, mouthwatering tamale pie. Picture this: layers of savory ground beef, swollen with the flavors of simmered tomatoes, chilies, and those sweet pops of corn, all topped off with a golden crust of cheesy cornbread. This is not just a meal, it's an adventure waiting to happen in your kitchen. Get ready, folks, we're about to whip up a storm with this ninja foodi tamale pie recipe!

Ingredients for Delicious Tamale Pie

  • Ground beef: Adds savory flavor and protein to the dish, creating a hearty base for the tamale pie.
  • Onion: Provides aromatic depth and sweetness to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the tamale pie.
  • Red bell pepper: Adds a pop of color, sweetness, and crunch to the tamale pie, complementing the other ingredients well.
  • Diced tomatoes: Brings a juicy and tangy element to the dish, adding moisture and acidity to balance the flavors.
  • Tomato sauce: Provides a rich and thick base for the tamale pie, enhancing the overall sauciness and flavor.
  • Diced green chilies: Adds a mild heat and a hint of smokiness to the dish, giving it a subtle kick.
  • Frozen corn: Adds sweetness and texture to the tamale pie, providing bursts of flavor and color.
  • Chili powder: Infuses the dish with warmth and depth of flavor, adding a spicy kick to the tamale pie.
  • Cumin: Enhances the overall earthy and warm flavor profile of the tamale pie, adding a hint of smokiness.
  • Cornmeal: Forms a delicious cornbread crust on top of the tamale pie, providing a crunchy and flavorful topping.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese: Melts into the dish, adding a creamy and cheesy element that complements the other flavors perfectly.
  • Milk: Adds richness and creaminess to the cornbread topping, creating a tender and moist texture.
  • Egg: Binds the cornbread topping together, giving it structure and helping it bake into a golden brown crust.

Essential Tools for Making Tamale Pie in the Ninja Foodi

  • Ninja Foodi: Combines pressure cooking, air frying, and baking functions for all-in-one meal preparation.
  • Sauté function: Browning meat and vegetables directly in the Ninja Foodi before pressure cooking enhances flavor and texture.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat the Ninja Foodi on the sauté setting. Brown the ground beef with the onion and red bell pepper.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chilies, corn, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the cornmeal, cheddar cheese, milk, and egg until well combined.
  4. Spread the cornmeal mixture over the beef mixture in the Ninja Foodi.
  5. Close the crisping lid and set the Ninja Foodi to bake at 375°F for 25-30 minutes, or until the cornbread is cooked through and golden brown.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy your delicious Tamale Pie!

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 420 kcal | Carbohydrates: 28 g | Protein: 22 g | Total Fat: 25 g | Saturated Fat: 11 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 95 mg | Sodium: 780 mg | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 6 g | Calcium: 250 mg | Potassium: 600 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Vitamin A: 500 µg | Vitamin C: 30 mg

Tips for Making Tamale Pie Ahead of Time and Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the tamale pie as instructed, but do not bake it.
  • Cover the ninja foodi with foil or a lid and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  • When ready to bake, remove from the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, then bake as directed.

Freezing Instructions

  • Once assembled, cover the ninja foodi with foil and freeze until solid.
  • Remove the frozen tamale pie from the ninja foodi, wrap it well in plastic wrap and foil.
  • Label and date the package, then store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bake as directed.

Did you know that adding a touch of honey to the cornbread mixture can bring a subtle sweetness to this Ninja Foodi Tamale Pie recipe, balancing out the savory flavors perfectly? Give it a try for a delightful twist on this classic dish!

Common Questions About This Tamale Pie Recipe

Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef in this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef in this recipe for a lighter option.
How spicy is this tamale pie?
The spiciness level can be adjusted based on your preference by adding more or less chili powder and green chilies.
Can I add beans to this tamale pie?
Absolutely! Adding beans like black beans or kidney beans can enhance the flavor and texture of the dish.
Is this tamale pie recipe gluten-free?
This recipe can be made gluten-free by using a gluten-free cornmeal and ensuring that all other ingredients are gluten-free.
Can I make this tamale pie ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the tamale pie ahead of time and bake it when you are ready to serve.

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