Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe with Bulgur Wheat

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This Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe with a cornbread top is a favorite in our house.  In this meatless version, we substitute bulgur wheat for the traditional ground beef with bulgur wheat.  Believe it or not my husband likes this version much better than when I used to make it with beef! It’s a perfect all-in-one meal for the “reluctant vegetarian”.

Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe

Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe

1 cup bulgur wheat
2 1/4 cup boiling water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 packets taco seasoning (or use our Make Your Own Taco Seasoning recipe)
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz can black beans, drained
1 15-oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 8 oz. pkg. cornbread mix (or make your own)

In a saucepan, pour about the boiling water over over the bulgur, cover the pan, and allow it to stand for about 30 minutes.  Drain excess water from bulgur.

Heat olive oil a large skillet.  Add in onion and green pepper and sautée until softened.  Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add in taco seasoning, tomatoes, corn and beans. Cook 2-3 minutes.  Stir in prepared bulgur wheat.  Prepare cornbread according to package directions.

Transfer wheat & veggie mixture to a 1 1/2 quart casserole or a 9×9 square pan.  Spread cornbread mix on top and spread as evenly as you can.  Cook according to directions on cornbread box, or until golden brown.


  1. This looks really good! I have no idea where I’d buy bulgur wheat from… Somewhere like WinCo or Whole Foods?
    Thanks for sharing for Delicious Dish Tuesday! We’d love it if you’d link to one of the hosts, and please come back and share another yummy recipe tonight!

  2. Julie Wood says

    This is an awesome recipe that does not require meat. I sometimes like making recipes without eating meat. This is very healthy and I want to try it!

  3. This looks awesome. I love vegetarian recipes.

  4. This sounds wonderful. Thanks for the great recipe and it sounds healthy too. I am going to pin it too to save it!!

  5. Robin Wilson says

    I am not a vegetarian but we only eat meat once or twice a week. We simply cannot afford it. This looks delicious and though I don’t know what bulgar wheat is, I’ll find out!

  6. This sounds good, I am always looking for vegetarian recipes. Thank you for sharing with us.

  7. This looks really good especially today since it is sooooooooo cold out. I like that it iis vegetarian, but hubby would want meat. I think it would be good either way!


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