Slow Cooker Tamale Pie Recipe
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Slow Cooker Tamale Pie Recipe

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Canned beans and corn bread/muffin mix speed up the prep on this crowd-pleasing main dish that’s perfect for busy evenings and carry-in dinners. —Jill Pokrivka, York, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream and additional minced fresh cilantro, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without sour cream) equals 392 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 107 mg cholesterol, 1,149 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the cumin, salt, chili powder and pepper.
  2. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker; stir in the beans, tomatoes, corn, enchilada sauce, onions and cilantro. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until heated through.
  3. In a small bowl, combine muffin mix and eggs; spoon over meat mixture. Cover and cook 1 hour longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with sour cream and additional cilantro if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Tamale Pie in Taste of Home August/September 2010, p57

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without sour cream) equals 392 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 107 mg cholesterol, 1,149 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 21 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

I made this on the stovetop and then baked it in the oven. This is a very good recipe. Followed the recipe but added my own touches, added a small can of sliced olives, chopped green bellpepper, and used my own cornbread recipe. Brown & drained liquid from meat well, then added ingredients boil & simmer since I dont like too much liquid I reduced it by by later cooking with the lid off, then I poured it into a 9" pan, poured batter ontop and baked it as if I were baking my cornbread recipe. It was delicious. I like how the cheese melts and looked on the bread it went well with the whole dish. Hubby loved it. I had extra fillings which I had put away & used it on another day to make a tortilla roll just add monteray jack.

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

We are retired so we found this to be much easier when not done in a crockpot, but on the stovetop and oven. I use frozen corn and make a batch of scratch cornbread. I also leave out the cilantro. I can make this often and on short notice since I usually have all the ingredients. I just brown the meat, add all the rest except for the cornbread mix, and bring it to a boil on the stove. I then pour the cornbread on top and cook in the oven for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

I doubled the spices for our tastes and it was perfect. Slow Cooker Tamale Pie is now my all-time favorite crockpot receipe!

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

We found this dish good, but not outstanding. It seems the beef was missing something so perhaps we'd like it kicked up a notch and I'll make it spicier the next time. The sour cream and cornbread mixture was really good w/ the entire dish.

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

Whoa, this is really good! I did add one chopped green pepper and a small can of sliced black olives for a little extra interest. After mixing everything together, I tasted it and thought it might be a little tame for our tastes (we like things pretty spicy), so I doubled the chili powder and added some crushed red pepper flakes and garlic powder. This is definitely a keeper, and you can easily spice it up or down depending on what your family likes.

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