Jan 10

Hamburger Corn Pie


We originally found this recipe in a Betty Crocker cookbook circa 1969, and it’s been a family favorite ever since the first try. We’ve modified it several times over the years to fit our family’s tastes and diet requirements and this is the way it stands right now.

Hamburger Corn Pie


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (chicken or turkey)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • pinch of anise seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • pinch of allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 can no-salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 can water
  • 1 bag (12-16oz) frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground chili pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
In Progress


  1. Cook and stir ground meat, onion, and garlic until meat is brown
  2. Drain off grease if there is more than 2 tbls in the pan
  3. Stir in tomatoes, water, corn, and spices
  4. Heat to boiling
  5. Mix cornmeal, flour, eggs, and milk in small bowl
  6. Pour boiling meat/veggie mixture into 12×8 baking dish or 2-quart casserole
  7. Bake for 45 minutes
  8. Quickly sprinkle with shredded cheese
  9. Return to oven and bake for 10 more minutes
Serving of Hamburger Corn Pie

Notes:  If you aren’t watching your sodium intake you can substitute 1/2 pound of bulk sausage for 1/2 lb of ground beef, fennel seeds, anise seeds, 1 tsp paprika, basil, and allspice – the remaining spices can be exchanged for 3 teaspoons of chili powder – you can use just about any veggie you’d like to replace the frozen corn (green beans and a Mexican mix are popular in our house) – if you want a denser breading use 1 cup cornmeal/no flour, if you want a fluffier breading use 1 cup flour/no cornmeal

Another Version of Hamburger Corn Pie

For the version above I substituted green beans for corn and we didn’t have any green pepper so I just left it out. I was also short on hard cheese to shred so I chopped up some velveeta (not exactly low sodium). The velveeta didn’t spread well on its own so I reached in and smooshed it a little with a spoon when there were about 3 minutes left. It tasted great.

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