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Easy Tamale Pie

My whole family really enjoys Mexican food. When I'm in a hurry, I make this zippy deep-dish pie. It always satisfies their appetites. —Nancy Roberts, Cave City, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) cornbread/muffin mix
  • Dash paprika
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Combine the beef, sausage, onion and garlic in a 3-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, stirring once to crumble meat. Drain. Add the tomatoes, corn, tomato paste, olives, chili powder and salt; mix well. Cover and microwave on high for 4-6 minutes or until heated through.
  • Whisk egg in a large bowl; add milk and cornbread mix. Stir just until moistened. Spoon over meat mixture; sprinkle with paprika.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cornbread comes out clean. Sprinkle with cheese.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 305 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 740mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Kyla
    May 16, 2020

    I added chipotle chili powder, and cumin. Also, I put it in a cast iron skillet and popped it in the oven. I can’t do the texture of cornbread in the microwave. Topped with sour cream and mango salsa. Yummy! Cheap, easy and quick!

  • pajamaangel
    Apr 16, 2020

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  • marcibanes
    Dec 4, 2017

    This is a fantastic quick Tamale Pie recipe. The only change I made was adding sorranoe peppers to the beef mixture. Just because we like our food a bit spicy. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • SuSey22
    Dec 14, 2015

    Needed a quick dinner for when my grown daughter & her boyfriend were stopping by.....this was perfect! Easy & delicious, all items I keep on hand....great dish!

  • Tingzen
    Aug 4, 2011

    My family has loved this recipe for many years. We skip the sausage and use 1.5# of ground beef which we brown on the stovetop, then we add the cornbread mixture and bake it in the oven. We like the texture more this way.

  • Trilby Yost
    Jun 9, 2010

    I add one small can of drained chopped green chilies. This recipe is a yummy standby for my family's dinner.