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Vegan Comfort Food: Mini Tamale Pies

Vegan comfort food that doesn’t taste vegan? In individual servings? With a cheese option as well for non-vegan (although vegan cheese could be used)? Keep reading…..

Mini Tamale Pies


  • 1½ cups or 15 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained, preferably organic
  •  15 ounce can diced tomatoes, preferably organic
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1½ cups frozen corn, preferably organic
  • 1½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp ground cumin

Cornmeal Topping –

  • 1 cup cornmeal, preferably organic
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups water


Add the pinto beans through garlic to a small saucepan, heat over medium-low for 40 minutes, stirring periodically. Taste for salt, add as desired.

Near the end of the time preheat oven to 350° and place baking dishes on a rimmed baking sheet.

Add the cornmeal topping ingredients to a tall saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat, whisk until thick.

Divide the filling between the dishes, spread the cornmeal on top, with a small spatula.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden on top.

Non-Vegan option:

If desired, top with grated cheddar cheese before baking,

Makes 4 to 8 pies, depending on size. I made 4 individual size ones and 2 in custard size ramekins. This served 3 adult appetites, 1 toddler plus leftovers for me the next day.


17 thoughts on “Vegan Comfort Food: Mini Tamale Pies

  1. I can’t remember if I’ve all ready asked you if you would be willing to consider joining the Virtual Vegan Potluck on Nov 1st, World Vegan Day. I’m co-chair 🙂 I’d love to have you there. It’s really simple and should drive a fair amount of traffic and new blogging friends to your site.

  2. Love tamales!! But the usual TexMex version with…um, pig…really grosses me out. You think they make non-gmo cornmeal? I would totally try this!

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