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Easy Chicken Tamale Pie Recipe

Easy Chicken Tamale Pie Recipe

All you need are some simple ingredients from the pantry to put this slow cooker meal together. I love that I can go fishing while it cooks. —Peter Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, 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, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, salsa and minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook chicken over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Stir in seasonings.
  • 2. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in beans, tomatoes, corn, enchilada sauce, green onions and cilantro. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until heated through.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine muffin mix and eggs; spoon over chicken mixture. Cook, covered, on low 1-1-1/2 hours longer or until a toothpick inserted in corn bread layer comes out clean.
  • 4. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand, covered, 5 minutes. If desired, serve with toppings. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without optional toppings): 359 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 1021mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein.

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tommypoo User ID: 1263135 261035
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2017

"I used ground venison instead. This is a wonderful healthy recipe!"

cLeighw User ID: 2420825 260033
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2017

"Don't know what I did wrong, but I followed the recipe exctly! Mine turned out pretty bland. Won't be trying trying this again."

danab1925 User ID: 8028868 237437
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Fabulous every time we have this for dinner. I have used both the crockpot and the oven with a 9x13 pan--never disappointed! My husband says that we can have this dish every's that tasty!"

hbwt40 User ID: 1263518 225274
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"This is oh so yummy! Great slow cooker recipe!!!!!"

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 222488
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"So good!"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 150946
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"My family really liked this. I loved that you use the slow cooker for it. Saves time and makes it easier to get dinner on the table."

coralbay User ID: 8026072 150945
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"Made this recipe last night while camping-INCREDIBLE!"

jaime1103 User ID: 4076548 124420
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"My whole family loved it and it was easy."

rinshin User ID: 1384577 124419
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"This was certainly quick and easy recipe for lazy days of summer or any other times. Very good recipe, but I did have to up the spices a little more after tasting the dish throughout it's cooking time. Thanks for sharing."

tifball User ID: 1836523 179923
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"Delicious! However I did not use a slow cooker. I just baked in oven on 375 until the cornbread was done."

robryant User ID: 1477003 179921
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"This was very good. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the ground chicken. I placed the chicken in the bottom of the crock, then added the spices and the remaining ingredients. I also added 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne for little more heat. We have now made this recipe twice. This is a keeper for us also. Thanks TOH!!!"

liketohike User ID: 7748271 195813
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2014

"We really loved this and it was so easy. I did it on a day I was home from work, but I could see browning the meat the night before, then putting it all together in the morning and starting the cornbread part when I get home."

bunqui95 User ID: 7138867 195852
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2014

"Fast (prep time), easy and delicious! I made a couple of personal substitutions--Boca burger crumbles that I had on hand (I cut the cooker time by about half, I think), and a can of hominy for the corn. If you are what you eat, then I'm fast, cheap, and easy, and this fits that description wonderfully."

M.Romano User ID: 7425615 180878
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"Very yummy and very easy! Loved this recipe! I made the cornbread mix with two eggs as recipe advised but also added 1/3 cup of milk. Might add creamed corn to bread mix for a different taste next time I make it."

mariak024 User ID: 7294125 119089
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"Loved this! Super easy and yummy.. especially the day after. I used diced tomatoes with green chiles for an extra kick. I think I'll throw in some jalapenos next time as well. I did sprinkle a layer of cheese before adding the cornbread mix (as suggested below) and it was delish!"

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 195809
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"This was delicious--I used white onion instead of green because that is what I had on hand. It was yummy and well received by the family."

MissCourtni User ID: 6140037 195807
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"Well I'm impressed. I'm not a casserole type and don't use the slow cooker very often but I'll be making this more often. I think I'll also add a layer of cheese under the cornbread. Great idea!"

bernerlover User ID: 2342652 124418
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014 Edited Mar. 20, 2014

"very good- only thing I did different was I didn't cook in crockpot (didn't have time) but put in 9in square pan and baked and used shredded chicken instead of ground. I did add shredded chedder/jack cheese under the layer of cornbread. Hubby and I absolutely loved it and he said I can make that anytime I wanted."

kmnowak User ID: 3453696 124417
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"Wow! This was so good. My entire family of picky eaters liked it - thank you for the recipe!"

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 192755
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"Such a good and hearty meal!! And add to that, that this recipe uses mostly staple items and you have a winner! A good meal for this cold winter we have had since it warms you from the inside out!"

TeshaH User ID: 2543466 124416
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"Very good and super easy!"

astrosmom User ID: 2097565 192753
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"You can add 2 cans of diced green chilis to the meat mixture and used either ground beef or turkey instead of chicken. You may also substitute the can of whole corn for a can of creamed corn too."

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 150944
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"I like this recipe better than one using ground beef and tomato sauce. The enchilada sauce really adds another layer of flavor. I made my own from scratch cornbread for the topping. This is a keeper."

sarahjo83 User ID: 4236789 195791
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"So good!"

KJW5154 User ID: 7670550 197589
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"I used a 28ounce can of diced tomatoes, as I did not want a dry dish. I omitted the cilantro and used dried oregano instead. Mixed 1/2 cup of shredded cheese in with my corn bread then used the remaining cup on the top. Delish !!!!!"

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 212728
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"I used extra lean ground beef, did not brown the meat first. Cooked in the slow cooker all day, crumbled corn muffins over the top and sprinkled with the cheese. Very good. I did have to make the enchilada sauce from scratch as I did not have any in the pantry. Mine was a little thick and I wish the color of the corn stood out more to give it more eye appeal. I would give it 4 1/2 stars."

rwippel User ID: 4262008 150943
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"My husband LOVED this! I agree with another reviewer about needing some cayenne pepper. Also this recipe serves 4-6 people. 8 is a stretch."

kshartman User ID: 3726114 136088
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"Same recipe on TOH but with beef.. Brown the meat and add the remaining ingredients on the stove and bring to a boil. Then place mixture in a 13x9 dish and top with two boxes of corn bread mix, use their mixing and cook instructions. Way faster than a slow cooker!"

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 186088
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"I substituted ground beef for the ground chicken and made it in a cast iron skillet instead of the slow cooker, but this was FANTASTIC!! Definitely a keeper!!!!"

jlgrossen User ID: 3400504 150942
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"Loved it! Next time we'll add some cayenne since we like a little more heat but it's a keeper!"

hkkeener User ID: 2585785 118546
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"I substituted ground turkey for the ground turkey, but otherwise made it exactly as written and it was excellent! I served it with sour cream, chopped cilantro and avacado and my husband and I both loved it!"

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