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Slow Cooker Tamale Pie Recipe

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie Recipe

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 YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 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 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream and additional minced fresh cilantro, optional


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 392 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 1149mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein.

Reviews for Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

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paul3303 User ID: 1713232 245956
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"I am not a big fan of corn bread but this recipe was a big hit for me. Thank you for sharing."

rivera1544 User ID: 2381359 241729
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"Really good and easy to change/add to based on preferences"

Darkshadow1958 User ID: 8576391 235101
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"This is awesome and easy to make in the crockpot. My adult kids love it and never any leftovers. The best recipe ever"

MY REVIEW User ID: 478056 218297
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Only rating this low cause of the lengthy prep time.

Haven't tried this yet but sounds like it might be a keeper, EXCEPT won't be using the slow cooker. When I use that I look for things I can "throw in" and go, not with a lot of prep time."

jtea808 User ID: 7996797 192710
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."

lizzy1950 User ID: 2050864 190297
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."

debbiezalaznik User ID: 1692476 174785
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!"

parksville User ID: 1598935 130608
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."

Jogeng09 User ID: 7370803 175206
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."

smagal User ID: 5715837 122957
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"really good and easy."

clamshell User ID: 4379187 130607
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"Easy and tasty! A winner."

PIEGRL User ID: 7141412 174781
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"easy meal very tasty I cooked mine on top of the stove then put it in 9x9 pan topped it off with jiffy mix and baked at 400 for 15 min"

SRAdair User ID: 5856862 191289
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Holy cow this was scrumptious! I will definitely be making this again. I did add a little diced green pepper and next time I will kick up the heat with a little cayenne, red pepper flakes, and a bit more cumin. Fun recipe and will be sharing with friends."

tiger976 User ID: 5773271 179661
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"Very good and easy, I did cut the chili powder in half. Thanks for the recipe."

foodluv2011 User ID: 6221672 148058
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"Great flavor. This is an easy meal and hits the spot on a cold night."

ericd79 User ID: 5898492 111136
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"We absolutely love this dish, instead of ground beef, I use ground turkey, you don't even notice! I tell everyone about this recipe, it is wonderful"

Darkshadow User ID: 5482209 179660
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"We love this recipe and it is so easy to make"

gthang User ID: 7052930 130605
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"Very good. The jiffy mix, sour cream and flavors. Very good."

mtapia User ID: 4165939 111116
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"I'm usually a 3 course meal type of person...this is definately the exception. Love it!"

mtapia User ID: 4165939 191284
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"I'm usually a 3 course meal type of person...this is definately the exception. Love it!"

kpeasleyparker User ID: 6842002 175205
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"We have made this recipe several times and it is a keeper! Finally looked it up and put it in my recipe box. I am trying to mix everything up the day before and just put the slow cooker in the morning before work. Great hearty meal for my husband who works construction and our daughter who loves beans!"

cookinsmigame User ID: 6812044 130603
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"Classic ! takes me back to the Elementary School hot lunch .I kicked it up with a lil crushed red pepper ( just a pinch ) a lil white onion , bell pepper , blk olives & mexican corn . Oh soooooo good !!"

eteaff User ID: 3482271 107342
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"My husband and I both love this recipe. I used frozen corn instead of canned and changed the black beans for pinto beans and it turned out great. This is now on rotation for favorite recipes. Can't wait to see how the grandkids like it."

JillyPforCY User ID: 5432772 120993
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"This has become a staple in our house! LOVE the flavors and how easy it is!!! I often add diced green, yellow and red peppers, too. Yum!"

Margie59 User ID: 6444126 122956
Reviewed May. 3, 2012

"This is a winner and deserves its 5-star rating. Like a previous reviewer, I was skeptical about the topping but it turned out great. My family loved it as well!"

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 192707
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"Great all-around. I even doubted the topping, but boy was I mistaken! Delicious and easy. I even threw in a chopped sweet potato that needed to be used, and it went great. I love recipes you can add pretty much anything you have on hand to and it still works."

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 122955
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Oh my gosh! This was so good! I was worried it would be too juicy but it wasn't at all . . . just right. The corn bread puffed up and it was absolutely wonderful! Next time I'll be sure and have fresh cilantro. I know we will be making this again. Thanks for the great recipe."

wawadehut User ID: 4150791 211944
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"This one got a thumbs' up from the kids and the adults in our house. There is a bit of a kick to it, but even my youngest ate it without complaining. I especially loved it with the fresh cilantro and sour cream on the side!"

bennett2205 User ID: 6156112 120991
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"My Husband loved this meal! He ate more than he should have?My two and four year old boys thought it was a little spicy, but a little sour cream helped cool it down for them!"

Family4ever User ID: 5213797 211943
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"I loved the flavor of this. Easy & plenty for leftovers."

BlessedOctober User ID: 5082026 174779
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"Tasted great and was very easy to make."

TessaMB User ID: 6083350 130601
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"awesome and easy LOVED it!"

gypsymal User ID: 1286377 130599
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"This is one of the best tamale pie's I have ever had and the corn bread was great also. I will definitely make this one again.l"

olgamold User ID: 5759599 113539
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2011

"Delicious! It is a keeper!"

floskall User ID: 5457512 113515
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"My family LOVES this. Even my picky Husband!! :)"

floskall User ID: 5457512 122954
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"My family LOVES this. Even my picky Husband!! :)"

sevyjj User ID: 3727756 190295
Reviewed May. 26, 2011

"This is the easiest and tastiest recipe. My family loves it!"

sarahedwards User ID: 4980144 192557
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I'm always looking for good crockpot recipes and this one is a favorite. I love how spices and fresh cilantro give it so much flavor. Sometimes I cook the meat up the day before to save time the following day."

sarahjane059 User ID: 5599117 113471
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"tasty & easy!"

floskall User ID: 5457512 122953
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"EASY & Delicious! I used ground turkey & added olives so very tasty."

nurseamytx User ID: 4402319 191283
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"I used chili seasoning instead of spices and enchilada sauce..turned out great!"

mrutterer User ID: 3622220 130598
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"I had this recipe this past weekend while my husband and I worked outside all day. It took little effort to put together and finish with the corn bread, which was incredibly moist! I added some sugar to the corn bread mix for added sweetness (personal preference). I was YUMMY and I'm very glad there are leftovers!"

YarnRat User ID: 5315206 130540
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"Had some problems baking the break in my cooker but a piece of Aluminum foil did the trick!"

divamedmama User ID: 4374779 175204
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010

"Did some personal tweaking on it and it was DELISH! (I'm sure it's great without tweaking too). I used ground turkey instead of beef, green enchilada sauce and instead of using pinto beans I added 1 can Mexican chili beans AND 1 can seasoned black beans. I added 1 tsp garlic powder & 1 tsp onion powder. It was a total hit!! You can control the heat by using mild enchilada sauce and less chili powder (or vice versa). Thanks :)"

cewendt1 User ID: 2148725 122948
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"We loved this recipe. I am looking forward to making it again!"

jafisher User ID: 4863587 130539
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

"We enjoyed this recipe very much and it was so easy. It's similar to a thick Taco Soup with yummy cornbread on top. Flavors were a perfect blend for us! I've already added it to my menu list."

Ozark-ian User ID: 1721754 122947
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"Excellent!! My husband and I are on low fat, low salt cardiac diets, so I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef, and left out the salt . . . and it was STILL delicious. I froze the left-overs, and it was great re-heated, too. I'm getting ready for my monthly cooking day, and my husband made a special request for more slow cooker Tamale Pie. Thank you!"

glynnka User ID: 928997 130538
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"Very good! I skipped the corn bread and served with (hint of lime)Tortilla chips. I forgot to add the cheese, but it was excellent without it. Will make again."

letamay20 User ID: 2529569 192703
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"Easy to make, filling, and the cornbread/cheese topping was a great addition. The slight kick was an added bonus."

khelser User ID: 2612786 130536
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"Colorful, easy and delicious. Since the corn muffin batter is extremely thick with 1 box mix and two eggs, I added about 1/3 cup of milk and it baked the corn muffin topping very light and airy. Will definitely make this again, maybe substituting 1 package of taco seasoning for the cumin, chili powder and salt and seeing what happens. Love the convenience of this recipe."

rtwannabe777 User ID: 4842030 191282
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"very good. my family really enjoyed this recipe. Thanks!!!"

MrsRoot User ID: 5175258 148057
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"This recipe was extremely easy to make, and delicious to eat! I didn't have green onions, so I substituted a whole medium white onion. Also used a can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos instead of chilies, and added 3 cloves minced garlic. Since my husband and I like spicy food, I doubled the amount of chili powder. It was wonderful! The sweetness of the cornbread mixed with the spice of the 'pie' was a nice blend. I definitely needed the sour cream to cool down the heat, while my husband was adding hot sauce to spice it up, lol. This recipe will definitely be made many more times in our house!!! Thanks TOH!"

salgoud42 User ID: 5308812 211942
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"This was the best recipe. We love Mexican food, and this was a hit. We are live in Texas, and this will definitely be a favorite recipe."

ljoberle User ID: 3520898 113468
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"This recipe was great, but very spicy."

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