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Tamale Pie

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword comfort food, cornbread
Servings 8 servings
Calories 569 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles like Old El Paso, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups corn divided
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided


  • 1 pound lean ground beef at least 80%
  • 1 cup medium red enchilada sauce like Old El Paso
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons avocado oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs

For serving

  • 6 ounces honey for drizzling
  • avocado for garnish, optional
  • jalapeños for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In 10-inch ovenproof skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is starting to brown and release juices.

  2. Stir in taco seasoning and bell pepper. Cook until softened.

  3. Stir in enchilada sauce, 1 can of the green chiles, and 1 cup corn. Remove from heat.

  4. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.

  5. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, salt, and baking powder. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the oil and honey and stir well. Add milk and eggs and stir to combine. Stir in remaining 1 can green chiles, 1/2 cup corn, and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Spoon batter evenly over beef mixture.

  6. Bake 30-35 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Drizzle with honey, garnish, and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Crust options: Use a box of cornbread mix for the crust. Just stir in the chiles, corn, and cheese.
  • Ingredient options: Ground beef can be swapped for ground turkey or even ground seitan for a vegetarian tamale pie.
  • Freezing: Bake the pie per the instructions, then let it cool before wrapping in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and freezing. Can be frozen up to 2 months.

Wine pairings
I recommend buying wine from Scout and Cellar, especially for lower carb or sugar and the health conscious. There’s no added sugar to these wines, and they’re all much lower in carbs, calories, and sugar. For me, there’s no headache or fogginess the next day!
With Latin food, you can go with something light and bubbly, or even with a nice red. I like:
- Malbec, like 2018 Veinte Malbec from Alto Colchagua, Chile
- Sauvignon Blanc, like 2019 Gallivant Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County, California
- White wine spritzer (in cans!), like 14K Bubbly White Wine from California

Nutrition Facts
Tamale Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 569 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 1084mg47%
Potassium 625mg18%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1501IU30%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 278mg28%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.