How to Make a Pie on the Stove Top


Make a delicious stove top tamale pie in under an hour and all in one pan. Create a satisfying meal your whole family will enjoy that doesn't leave a big mess for you to clean up. This fast stove top pie is easy to make without having to turn on your oven.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • Large skillet with lid
  • Spatula
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14 oz.) can kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (1¼ oz.) package taco seasoning
  • 1 (8 oz.) package complete corn muffin mix
  • Milk or water
  • Fork
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cooking spray
  • Spoon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • Brown one pound of ground beef in a large skillet that has a matching lid and drain off the majority of the fat. Cook the meat on medium heat and use a spatula to break up larger pieces for even cooking.

  • Pour a small can of tomato sauce, an entire un-drained can of kidney beans, half a cup of water and a packet of taco seasoning into your pan of drained meat. The slimy stuff with the kidney beans will actually work to thicken the final sauce of your tamale pie.

  • Increase the heat to high and stir the ingredients until they reach a rapid boil, then reduce the heat to low and allow the dish to simmer covered for at least five minutes.

  • Prepare a batch of corn muffin mix according to the directions on the package. Many complete varieties only require that you add a small amount of water or milk and mix in a bowl with a fork.

  • Coat a spoon with cooking spray between each spoonful of corn muffin batter dropped on top of your simmered meat and vegetable mixture until the top is nearly covered.

  • Return the lid and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 15 to 17 minutes or until the top crust is fully cooked.

  • Remove the pan from the heat and top with one cup of shredded cheddar and 1/4 cup of sliced green onions. Replace the lid and allow the dish to rest for about five minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try adding black beans, reducing or eliminating the meat altogether for a healthier spin on this classic recipe. Transfer leftovers to freezer safe containers and store them for a quick reheat and eat meal. Add a kick of extra heat by adding a chopped jalapeno or serrano chili into the corn muffin batter before topping the pie.

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