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Tamale Pie Recipes

Traditional tamale pie is a yummy casserole consisting of hamburger, chili, and corn topped with a fluffy cornbread and cheese. This page contains tamale pie recipes.


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July 14, 2012
This is a delicious, quick, and easy casserole to make for dinner or anytime. I love spicy food and this dish can be prepared mild or spicy. Add a green salad and your meal is complete.


  • 2 packages Jiffy cornbread mix (prepared according to package instructions - you will need milk and eggs)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 of a large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can beans, your choice (we used S&W chipotle pinto beans)
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered garlic, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder, for a spicier flavor increase to 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp.
  • 1/2 cup corn, frozen or canned
  • 1/2 cup shredded, Mexican cheese or your choice
  • 1/2 tsp. Tony Chachere's Original Creole seasoning


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Prepare the 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix according to package directions.


Add spices to cornbread mix, optional. We used 1/2 to 1 tsp. Tony's and 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese. Set aside.

Brown hamburger. Add onions and cook until translucent.

Add chili and garlic powder.

Add beans including the liquid, tomato soup, and corn. Stir and heat through.


Pour meat mixture into a 9 x 13 inch Pyrex pan.

Pour cornbread batter evenly over meat mixture.


Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until cornbread topping is golden brown.

Here is a photo of the grandson, sometimes scribe and part-time camera man.


Servings: 8 -10
Prep Time: 15 -20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 - 20 Minutes

By R Barbara from Bremerton, WA

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April 22, 20182 found this helpful

Influenced by the Mexican tamale, this casserole is a wonderful complete meal.This is a guide about hearty tamale pie.

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November 3, 2010

In large pan, bring 5 cups water and salt to a rolling boil. Add cornmeal that has been moistened with 1 cup cold water, gradually stirring constantly.

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March 23, 2009

Heat oil in 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook onion, bell pepper and garlic in oil, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender.

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June 23, 20091 found this helpful

Sift corn-meal slowly into rapidly boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook 15 minutes. Brown hamburger, onion and green pepper in hot oil...

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November 3, 20100 found this helpful

A family favorite. Brown beef and onions. Mix rest of ingredients together except corn bread.

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June 23, 20090 found this helpful

I need a recipe for Tamale Pie. I know it contains beef, corn, salsa and cornbread as a topping but I haven't found one with those ingredients

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June 23, 20090 found this helpful

Prepare corn muffin mix as directed on package. Pour over beef mixture and bake 20 minutes or until golden...

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