tex mex low carb tamale pie

Low Carb "Tamale" Pie


My craving for all things fall has begun. I know for a fact it has nothing to do with the 90 degree days we are experiencing here in Miami. So it must be the all the back to school displays covered in fake fall leaves. Perhaps, it’s just my great desire for the dog days of summer to finally end. In any event, I’ve begun stocking up on fall spices to gear up for my favorite season. I plan on making it a memorable one, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, and it’s really non-existent in these parts.

What better way to bring a glimmer of fall than to make a low carb keto “tamale” pie. There is just something about all the warm spicy flavors in the Tex Mex cuisine that makes me want to dust off my boots and sweater collection. Since my winter clothes are buried in another side of the house, a low carb tamale pie will do just fine thank you.

Meat Ingredient Filling:

 1 ½ pound ground beef

½ cup of finely chopped onion

2 garlic cloves minced

1 cup of tomato sauce

1 tablespoon of ground chili powder

1 tablespoon of ground cumin powder

¼ teaspoon of black pepper

¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 ½ teaspoon of sea salt

Preparation of Meat Filling:

 In a large skillet brown the ground beef along with the onion and garlic. Add the tomato sauce and combine. Next add the chili powder, cumin powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt.

Add this mixture to the cast iron skillet. Pour the tamale mixture over the meat mixture and bake in a 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until you can insert a tooth pick into the tamale portion and it comes out clean.

“Tamale” Topping Ingredients:

 4 eggs

1 cup coconut milk

4 ounces of cream cheese

½ cup melted butter cooled

1 cup coconut flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of sugar substitute

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Tamale Topping Preparation:

 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet

In a large up stand mixer, whisk the eggs, milk and butter on low.

In another medium size bowl mix the coconut flour, salt, baking powder and sugar substitute together.

Add the dry mixture into the wet ingredients inside the stand mixer. Beat on low or stir to combine.

Pour the tamale mixture over the meat mixture in the cast iron and bake in a 400 degrees for about 45 minutes or until you can insert a tooth pick into the tamale portion and it comes out clean.

Allow to cool slightly before serving. Top with sour cream, Sriracha sauce and  sliced avocados if desired.

Net carbs: 3.2

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  1. What about the cream cheese and the cheddar cheese for the topping? Do I just add those in with the milk butter and eggs?
  2. How many servings does this make?