Tamale Pie Recipe - Easy Dinner at LivingLocurto.com

Tamale Pie Mexican Casserole

Tamale Pie is a simple to make homemade Mexican casserole recipe. Full of spices and lots of flavor, your family will love this for dinner!
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Amy Locurto


  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 can diced green chilies
  • 1/4 onion minced
  • 2 boxes cornbread mix- made following instructions on box
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Topping-
  • purple onion diced (optional)
  • sour cream
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • avocado diced
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  • Heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large skillet brown the ground meat and onions.
  • Add cumin, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
  • Add the diced green chilies and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Now add the enchilada sauce and let it simmer for about 10 minutes stirring often.
  • While the meat mixture is cooking, make the two boxes of corn bread following the direction on the box.
  • In a 9x13 pan spray some cooking oil and add a little of the corn bread mixture to the bottom of the pan. Now spoon in the meat mixture, cover the meat with shredded cheese, then pour the rest of the cornbread mixture on top and spread it so it is totally covering the meat mixture.
  • Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown. You may need to bump the oven up to 400 if it is taking too long. Just make sure it is cooked in the middle.
  • Garnish with toppings such as diced purple onion, sour cream, diced avocado, and fresh cilantro. It would also be fantastic with a tomatillo sauce!
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