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Vegan Tamale Pie with tomatoes, scallions, and parsley, square

Tempeh Tamale Pie

Celebrate Pi Day with vegan Tempeh Tamale Pie! In this dish, tempeh is drenched in salsa verde and baked to perfection in a cornmeal crust.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Marinade Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 360 kcal


  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 16 ounces temeph thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 14-ounce can creamed corn (creamed corn is vegan)
  • 1 16-ounce jar salsa verde
  • 1/3 cup olives chopped
  • 1 tomato thinly sliced
  • sliced scallions and/or chopped parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Place the tempeh strips in a shallow dish. Mix together the stock, vinegar, tamari and thyme, and pour it over the tempeh. Let marinade for an hour or two.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Heat a large pan or skillet over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon or two of the tempeh marinade, and then add the tempeh. Cook for several minutes, flipping the pieces frequently, until the pieces have crisp brown edges.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Slowly whisk in the cornmeal. Reduce heat and cook for about three minutes, whisking continually. Add the creamed corn and continue to whisk everything together. Cook for about 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.
  • In a medium baking dish, combine the salsa, olives and tempeh. Spoon the cornmeal over the mixture and top with tomatoes, scallions and parsley, if using.
  • Bake uncovered for 20 – 25 minutes, until the mixture is bubbly and hot.


Calories: 360kcal