Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Amy's Mexican Tamale Pie

I'm moving into a new house from across the country, so for the past three days, my life has looked a lot like this:

Wake up.
Drive to post office.
Pick up boxes.
Load car up.
Haul junk up various flights of stairs.
Unpack said boxes. Rinse and repeat.

So the fact that I am sharing a frozen meal with you today shouldn't really be a surprise. After the post office closed, I found myself starving (see beginning of post. As you can tell, lunch didn't fit itself into the plan.) I opened my brand new stainless steel fridge to find... not much. I only had time for a quick Whole Foods run yesterday, so there wasn't much to eat. I decided to make Amy's Mexican Tamale Pie since I wanted to try it to tell you guys about it anyway. The pie isn't really a pot pie per se, but it's similar. Instead of crust, there is a cornmeal topping, and the filling is just like chili with a little spice kick to it. I'm not a big fan of Mexican food to begin with, but even I enjoyed this pie. I don't think I'd buy it again just because my taste buds prefer other ethnic food groups, but if you're a Mexican food lover, this pie is definitely for you.

I popped this baby in the oven for 40 minutes only to find that the crust was splitting down the center and the filling was bubbling out. It was obviously done, but the crust still wasn't golden brown, so I turned the oven to broil for a few minutes and that solved the problem. My advice would be to broil the pie for the last few minutes of cooking to get the perfect crust!

This pie is only 150 calories! Yup, it's true, not like all of those other 400 or 500 calorie pot pies. It was quite filling too, and I wasn't even able to finish the whole thing (I did make a side of broccoli to go along with it though. Yes, it was frozen. Thank you, Whole Foods freezer section.) The pie has 4g of dietary fiber and only 3g of fat.

Price: $3.39 at Whole Foods
Calories: 150 per pie


  1. oooh 150 calories! for the whole pie?!?! thats crazy! usually i find amy's to be way higher in calories than that so i will have to check it out!

  2. I've heard so many good things about Amy's frozen foods but have yet to try it out. Thanks for the review!

  3. i love tamales and i love pie - i will have to try this one!

  4. This sounds really good. Thanks for the review! I hope you are getting settled in in your new house! :)

  5. yum yum! i love mexican foods! this is one of the Amy's products that I have not been able to find :( bummer!

  6. Thanks for the review! I love Amy's burritos! I will have to try this one too!!

  7. Amy's always make good food.

  8. Wow, you've been busy! My goodness. Well, I'm glad you can still get in some good wholesome food, frozen or not. I love Amy's, and that cornmeal topping sounds super! I need to try that, and her pizza, I hear it's great.

  9. mexican tamale pie is good, she has a shepards pie too that is low calorie.
    both are delicious, i like the cornmeal on this one and the filling in the shepards pie.

  10. Thank god there is a good frozen meal brand for times like this! Amy comes to the rescue!

  11. mexican food = yummy but a little bit to hot for my liking

  12. Amy's always pleases my tastebuds! And what great nutritional info! Love it!


  13. 150 calories for the whole pie!!? omg i wish i could eat that except it probably has wheat flour in it... darn!
    and i know you said ''no joke'', but are you KIDDING ME!? your grocery store has EVERY FLAVOUR OF PB&CO?? how much would it cost to ship some to canada? ;) omg you could eat a different peanut butter for every day of the week... imagine that!

  14. Wow! Thanks for all the great comments you guys! Here are a few responses. Thanks! I'm settling in great in my new house.

    healthnuttxo: Yeah, I know she has a low calorie Shepherd's Pie too, I actually have one sitting in my freezer right now which may or may not become dinner. :D

    jibbalibba: I'm not into the whole spice factor of Mexican food either. The Tamale Pie really isn't too spicy though.

    glambaa: Yes, every single flavor of PB&CO! I specifically checked for all 10 of them!

  15. Whole Foods is awesome, it stinks in Maine because we only have one, and it's an hour and a half from my house.

    I've tried another pot pie similair, it was gluten and dairy free too. (I don't do gluten/dairy)

    Love your blog, and looking forward to reading more =)

  16. Ooh la la, I haven't tried this one. I love Amy's though. Her Shepherd's Pie rocks!

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