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Sombrero Pot Pie

This recipe is a combination of ideas from several sources. One could add a bit of kick to it with some hot chili flakes or jalapeno, but I mixed it to a flavor that even the smallest sombrero lover would appreciate. A little like chicken pot pie, but a lot different! It tasted even better the second day re-heated, when the juices were absorbed a bit more.


For pastry ( two round shells - top and bottom):
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2/3 cups shortening or lard
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 egg, beaten with fork, for egg wash
for filling:
  • ¾ lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ green pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper
  • 1 (14oz/ 398 ml) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (341ml) whole kernel corn
  • 1 (14oz) can re-fried beans
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
  1. Brown meat in skillet, cooking and stirring until pink is gone. Add onions, pepper and garlic and continue cooking until vegetables are soft. Add spices, tomatoes and corn. Continue cooking for about 10- 15 minutes. Stir in 1/3 of the can of re fried beans.
  2. For pastry, cut shortening into dry ingredients. Add water and stir with fork until well combined. Shape into ball. Divide in half. On floured surface, shape into circle and roll out in circular shape, large enough to cover bottom and come all the way up sides of a deep dish pie plate.  Roll up with rolling pin and line pie plate.
  3. Brush pastry with some of the egg wash to seal and line bottom with 2/3 can of re-fried beans. Layer with 1 cup cheese, meat mixture and second cup of cheese.
  4. Roll out second pie pastry and cut a plus sign in the center.
  5. Transfer to cover the filled pie, flute edges and roll back the four corners in the center cuts. Brush with leftover egg wash.
  6. Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes, then turn down to 350F and bake another 45 minutes or until golden brown in color and center bubbles. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Serve with sour cream, salsa and guacamole and/or a large salad of mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, avocado and sweet pepper. Serves 6 - 8
This is a great make-ahead dinner to freeze. You could also fill 2 regular pie plates (instead of one deep-dish) by just changing the meat portion to 1 pound and doubling the pie pastry. You could use purchased pie pastry. Freeze unbaked pie and do not thaw to bake. Bake frozen pie a little longer, until center bubbles.


  1. This sounds good to have on a cold day. My husband loves beef stew on cold days but I don't. I'll try this next time it's cold and he has beef stew.

  2. I wonder if you could put this in a 9x13 dish and cook it. I make meals for Wed nights at church (only once a month, thank goodness), and I'm trying to find something 'new' to fix.

  3. Really nice, Anneliese. I love the addition of corn meal to the crust!

    Blessings to All,
    Anna (Toronto)

  4. That looks so good - what a great "pot pie" variation. I will be trying this for sure.

  5. I'm always looking for good, simple ideas for my family. Thanks...I think we'll like this one!

  6. Cheryl's Teapots .... yes, of course you can make it in a 9X13. You may have to increase the pastry ... I'd say 2 1/4 cups flour, 3/4 cup cornmeal, 1 cup shortening, 1 tsp salt and 6 - 8 Tbsp cold water.I made it in a pie plate only to look like a sombrero.
    Increase the hamburger to 1 lb, but keep all the other ingredietns the same. Hope that works.

  7. What a great make ahead meal idea. Looks very good. Thanks Anneliese.

  8. This looks like something my mom used to make. I can't wait to try it :)

  9. My husband and I are retired farmers with grown kids and grandkids. I was raised youngest of 12 children so my mom was an expert at making a meal stretch. This reci
    pe sounds like one I am going to try this coming weekend. It should fit all tastes. Thank you so much for all the good recipes.

  10. Love this dish,just by looking at it :) that cornmeal you use for the pastry is the real fine one:: thanks

  11. This sounds great and I plan on preparing it, but I wanted to make you aware that when I printed it that the ingredients for the pastry do not show up. I checked the printed version again and they were not there.

  12. Rocky Creek ... I'm sorry, but the print button is not something that we are able to control.We are able to offer it, but that is alL and we are sorry for any gliches isn the system. Have you tried deselecting images or emailing it to yourself? You could also copy and paste the printed parts to your own document. It's not the same, but works.

  13. Oh Anneliese, I just knew this was your conribution....just by looking at that awesome pie crust in the picture. Such a terrific yummy that inside looks as it spills onto the dinner plate. This is a 'must try' for sure!

  14. My 2 boys had 2 friends come over for dinner - all loved it! Served with rice and ceasar salad.

  15. This is a good family supper dish. I made the double recipe and put one in the freezer to enjoy at a later date. Thanks for all the good recipes that our family has benefited from!


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