Tamale Pie Recipe with Vegan Cornbread Recipe
I cannot believe that Tamale Pie isn’t as well-known as I’d thought. Seriously!? Think authentic Tex-Mex flavor under a thick layer of delicious cornbread. The traditional recipe is made with ground beef (but due to the hormones, antibiotics, and greenhouse emissions, I choose not to partake) I decided instead to revamp my family’s traditional recipe with TVP, also taking the spicyness up to an “11” with the infusion of a Vegan Jalapeño Cornbread!
It was really hard for my family when I came out. Everything they thought they knew about me changed. Coming from a deeply religious family, they sometimes found it hard to adjust to my “extreme lifestyle”. I was out of control! Hanging out with different people, eating weird foods, and *gasp* even organizing protests!
Oh wait.. You thought I meant coming out as gay? That was easy-peasy! I was talking about coming out as a vegan.
Bless my mother for putting up with my bullshit! From me ravaging her entire pantry to throw away every item that contained MSG, to sabotaging family trips to McDonalds.. she had to be on her toes with me growing up in the house! Luckily, as a former vegetarian herself, she was sympathetic 😉
Despite me being a (way too) outspoken vegan activist at home, my mom did her best adapting her dinner recipe repertoire to my new diet. One of my favorite foods growing up was her delicious Tamale Pie. She stuck to my grandmothers recipe, using ground beef, a jar of salsa, and Jiffy brand cornbread (which, by the way, contains lard).
The Magic of TVP!
My mom went out, bought some TVP, and instead whipped up an amazing homemade vegan tamale pie recipe. She first introduced me to the goodness that is Textured Vegetable Protein! It’s basically dried soy protein that, when rehydrated, resembled a flavorless “ground beef”. Better yet, it soaks up flavor just as well as tofu, so it quickly becomes a great faux-meat!
Taking the Tamale Pie Recipe to the next level
My mom did a fantastic job accommodating for her picky vegan kid, but I will take any chance I get to makeover a recipe! I kept the TVP, but we needed some heat. I’m talking peppers and hot sauce, man! My mom thinks ketchup is too spicy! We went homemade for the cornbread and added Jalapeños for extra spice! We also forgot to buy a jar of salsa, so the recipe includes Cameron’s simple salsa recipe (which works fabulously!)