My husband, Charles, and I were very excited to share our whale watching trip photos with friends so we had a plant-based potluck slideshow and I supplied the main course of tamale pie. Our guests brought the sides, appetizers, salads and dessert. Wow, did our friends come through, it was a huge spread. We had hummus and veggies, lentil dip with crackers, vegan cheese and guacamole for appetizers.
There was lettuce salad, fruit salad, faro salad, corn and tomato salad, and rice salad as the side dish. In addition to the Tamale Pie, someone made Cauliflower Enchiladas for the main course. However, this meal was not completely dairy free because we had brownies and ice cream but I was pleased to say that everyone raved about the food and maybe, just maybe, a few decided that eating a plant-based diet could be pretty tasty! I’m happy to report one of the favorite dishes of the night, was our tamale pie.
This is one of those recipes you can make as mild or spicy as you like. You can always throw in jalapenos or habanero peppers to kick it up a notch. If you want a kick without going too hot, then buy the diced green chilies labeled “Hot” instead of mild or medium. You can also add a can of white beans in lieu of one of the other beans to add some color and different flavor, same goes with kidney beans.
One last thing, in addition to cilantro you can serve chopped raw onions, sliced avocado and lime wedges on the side. This works great if you’re serving it at a party or potluck because it allows the guests to customize the flavor to their taste.
I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments below for this Tamale Pie! If you have a photo, post it on my Facebook page, tag me using the hashtag #plantbasedcooking