Tamale pie on a plate topped with cornbread and cheese

Tamale Pie

This tamale pie recipe uses ground beef, spices, tomatoes and chiles, corn, and black beans, and is topped with a cornbread and cheese topping.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword slow cooker tamale pie, tamale pie recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 653 kcal
Author Kelly Miller


  • 1 lb ground beef cooked and drained
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 oz enchilada sauce
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes and chiles
  • 15 oz corn drained
  • 15 oz black beans drained and rinsed
  • 8.5 oz box cornbread muffin mix like Jiffy
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: sriracha, sour cream


  1. In the bottom of a large Crockpot, stir together beef, cumin, chili powder, and salt.

  2. Add in enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, black beans, and corn; stir well.

  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.

  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together muffin mix and eggs.

  5. Spoon on top of ground beef mixture in slow cooker.

  6. Cover and cook an one additional hour (if low) or 30 minutes (if high), until a cake tester comes out clean from the muffin layer.

  7. Sprinkle cheese on top and allow it to sit for 5 minutes or until melted. Serve with optional sriracha or sour cream.

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Nutrition Facts
Tamale Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 653 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 1330mg 55%
Potassium 848mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 16g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 20.8%
Vitamin C 13.9%
Calcium 23%
Iron 34.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.