In the '70s and '80s, tamale pie out of a box was a frequent dinner. As I recall, you browned the ground beef, put in seasonings and a can of corn and stuff, and put it into a baking dish. There was a packet of cornmeal that you would sprinkle over the top and douse with water, then you’d bake it. I want to say it was Hamburger Helper, but I’m almost equally sure it was not. Does anyone remember the brand?
(FWIW I made tamale pie tonight with beef and chopped onions, corn, taco seasoning packet, and cornbread muffin mix.)