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Tamale Pie Recipes

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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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By 5 found this helpful
April 14, 2015

I love comfort food just as much as the next person, probably more! After making this recipe, I discovered that comfort food can be healthy too. An excellent source of protein and nutrition, this is a recipe you can feel good about making and eating. Leaves you full for a long time without that heavy tired feeling afterwards. And don't be intimidated by a few of these ingredients, I found them all at my local grocery store.


Total Time: About an hour total

Yield: 6 servings

Source: Modified from a recipe in the book; "Clean Eating For Busy Families".


  • Filling
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 15 15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with green pepper, celery and onion
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup whole grain corn flour or ground whole grain cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp light agave nectar
  • salsa
  • fat free plain greek yogurt
  • avocado slices


  1. For the filling; heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add your grapeseed oil. When your oil is hot, add your onion and garlic.
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  3. Stirring continuously, cook this for 3 or 4 minutes, or until they are softened.
  4. Add your remaining filling ingredients.
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  6. Continue cooking and stirring until heated through.
  7. For your topping, add your flours, baking powder and salt to a bowl, stir.
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  9. In another bowl, combine your remaining topping ingredients and mix well.
  10. Add your wet ingredients to your dry just until combined.
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  12. Spread your filling ingredients in a 9x9 inch baking dish. I used a 13x9 inch dish because I doubled this recipe.
  13. Spread your topping evenly over your beans.
  14. Bake in a 425 degree F oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  15. Top with your yogurt, salsa and avocado. Enjoy!
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By 0 found this helpful
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 Barbara and Aiden from Bremerton, WA

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By 1 found this helpful
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


  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups corn-meal
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 lb. lean hamburger
  • 1/2 can of corn
  • 1/2 can of black olives
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups canned, cut tomatoes,
  • chili powder, salt and pepper to taste


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

Add tomatoes. season to taste. Simmer 10 minutes.

Fill well oiled baking pan with alternate layers of corn-meal mush and meat mixture.

Bake in hot oven (400 degrees F) for 20 minutes. Serve hot.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

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November 3, 20100 found this helpful

A family favorite


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 1 cup tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 pkg. Jiffy corn bread mix


Brown beef and onions. Mix rest of ingredients together except corn bread. Put in a greased casserole and top with prepared corn bread. Bake at 425 degrees F for 35 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA


Tamale Pie

Tried this last night but either I read the directions wrong or it needs some tweaking. I did use frozen corn which added some moisture, but the cup of water really watered it down.

The tomato soup was an odd addition. It didn't make it saucier at all, in fact, there was no sauce to it by the time it was done. It was basically hamburger, corn, peppers, onions and spices with corn bread on top. Was it supposed to be tomato sauce?

When it says "top with prepared corn bread" I assume you meant pre cooked cornbread, right? Just mixed like it was ready to be baked, the batter?

But it did taste good so I'll make it again with my tweaks. (06/25/2009)

By Selahgal

Tamale Pie

Selahgal, I'm not sure what you mean because you said at first that the water made it too watered down but then you said that there was hardly any sauce left at all. No, the recipe was not supposed to be tomato sauce, but if you want to try it, you can. I've not had any trouble with this myself. I would suggest either adding or deleting some of the liquid if you don't like the amount of sauce or lack thereof. Also, yes, you were right about the cornbread. Hope it works for you after you do your 'tweaking.' (06/25/2009)


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June 23, 20090 found this helpful


  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 can (11 1/4 oz) fiesta chili beef soup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/2 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) corn muffin mix


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brown hamburger, drain off fat. Add soup, water, salsa and corn. spoon beef mixture into 2 qt baking dish. Prepare corn muffin mix as directed on package. Pour over beef mixture and bake 20 minutes or until golden.

Serves 6

By imaqt1962 from Illinois

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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

Maria from Columbus, Oh


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There is this one already on the site, might be worth a try! (03/28/2008)

By Laurel_admin

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Just Google Tamale Pie and you will get a lot of sites for different recipes.

By Danialle

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Thank you for the recipe, it is exactly what I was looking for. (04/01/2008)

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