Black Bean Tamale Pie Recipe
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Black Bean Tamale Pie Recipe

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Corn bread mix speeds the preparation of this Southwestern entree with beef and black beans. My husband really likes it, and guests seem to enjoy this unique Mexican dish. For a change of pace, try topping it with lettuce, guacamole or extra salsa. —Laura Morris, St. Joseph, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Sour cream and sliced ripe olives, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 338 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 691mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in beans and salsa; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the muffin mix, milk, egg and 1 cup cheese. Pour into a greased 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 375° for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Spoon beef mixture over crust, leaving a 1/2-in. edge. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream and olives if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Black Bean Tamale Pie in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p44

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myziggygirl User ID: 6360154 214842
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"I used the ground beef, didn't change a thing on the recipe and it was so good!!!!!!!"

chefmd User ID: 6661215 128323
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

"Family favorite."

sammy12384 User ID: 3941312 57238
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"I added taco seasoning to the ground beef, as well. My pie pan overflowed in the oven, but I think I just used too small of a pan. Oh, well - it still tasted delicious!"

laurshay User ID: 6368444 65536
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014


CookWithTheLook User ID: 7102055 142033
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"Loved this... I made it with Boca crumbles instead of ground beef for a yummy vegetarian dish. I'll make it again with ground beef, though, when my vegetarian son isn't home. I also added a half-can of corn. I used a 9.5 inch pie plate and there was almost enough filling for a second pie!"

kat034 User ID: 7321920 147950
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"EXCELLENT!!! Next time I am going to add some creamed corn to the muffin mix-yummy!!"

mt2az User ID: 6957375 62798
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"When I went to the cupbord I saw that I did no thave any black beans so I used a can of red beans in chili sauce instead and it was very good. I added taco seasoning to the burger mixture and topped with chopped geen onion and lime juice."

Brenda2195 User ID: 5654719 62716
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"Excellent and easy to make"

nikniknik3 User ID: 7134365 147416
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"Overall the dish was really good. I followed the recipe as stated & added a little corn because we love black bean/corn combinations! The bottom of the dish was a little mushy, from the salsa I guess so it made it a little difficult to serve nicely. I think it needed some more spice. For toppings, we used shredded lettuce, sour cream & hot pepper cheese. Next time think I'll add some jalepenos too...Will make again, but will def tweak the recipe."

claylady01 User ID: 7293258 59437
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"I followed the directions but thought it was very borderline ,way to spicy for me although Hubby said he liked it a little but didn't like the cornbread crust which I thought was pretty good so tonight will take out some of the "ingredients"and roll them up into a tortilla and give him a burrito for dinner and I will play around with this recipe."

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