Easy Tamale Pie with sour cream
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Easy Tamale Pie

Your family will fall in love with this simple dinner recipe! Easy beef tamale pie is a Mexican-inspired casserole recipe with ground beef, beans, and veggies with a cheesy cornbread baked on top. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornbread casserole, easy casserole recipe, ground beef casserole
Servings: 10
Author: Julie Clark


For the filling:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups diced poblano peppers (3 peppers)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes and jalapenos (10 ounces each) (Rotel brand)
  • 15 oucnes black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 15.25 ounces whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

For the cornbread:

  • 2 8.5 ounce boxes dry corn muffin mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese



Make the filling:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Place the ground beef in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the peppers and onion. Stir and crumble to brown the meat.
  • Drain off any fat.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, black beans, taco seasoning and salt. Mix well and heat through.
  • Spread the corn in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Spread the beef mixture overtop the corn.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup each of cheddar and monterey jack cheeses overtop the beef.

Make the cornbread:

  • In a large bowl, combine the dry muffin mix, eggs and milk. Mix well.
  • Fold in the other cup each of cheddar and monterey jack cheeses.
  • Dollop the cornbread mix on top of the casserole.
  • Spread the cornbread mix over the top, keeping within ½” of the edge of the glass pan.
  • Bake the casserole for 40 minutes.
  • Serve with sour cream and pico de gallo if desired.