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tamale pie recipe in a cast iron skillet

Easy Tamale Pie Recipe

Easy Tamale Pie Recipe is a classic dish that is essentially beef chili with a buttery, homemade cornbread casserole topping. This old school dish is definitely a family favorite.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword cornbread tamale pie, tamale pie, tamale pie recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 450kcal


Standard Cornbread Ingredients

Low-Carb Gluten-Free Cornbread Ingredients



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Standard Cornbread Instructions

  • Add the cornmeal, salt, and sweetener to a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Next add in the eggs, butter, and buttermilk. Stir to combine.
  • Be sure not to over mix the batter. Over-mixing will lead to large cracks in the crust and a lot of crumble. Only mix well enough to combine the ingredients.
  • Fold in the cheddar cheese and stir.

Low-Carb Gluten-Free Cornbread Instructions

  • Combine the almond flour, sweetener, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  • Combine the melted butter and eggs in a smaller separate bowl. Beat the eggs and mix well.
  • Add the butter and egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir.
  • Fold in the cheddar cheese and stir.


  • Heat a cast iron skillet (a 10inch or 12 inch will work) on medium-high heat with the olive oil. You can use any pan coupled with a 9x13 baking dish to bake the pie if you wish.
  • When hot, add the onions, red peppers, and green peppers. Cook for 3-4 minutes until soft and the onions are fragrant.
  • Add the ground beef and all of the seasonings. Break down the ground beef with a meat chopper. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the beef is fully cooked. Drain any excess fat from the beef if necessary.
  • Add in the diced tomatoes and chilies and frozen corn. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes until combined. Ensure the filling is equally spread throughout the pan.
  • Remove the pan from heat and spread the cornbread topping on top. Use a silicone spoon to spread the cornbread evenly throughout.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes. Test if the cornbread is finished by inserting a toothpick, ensure it returns clean.



  • You can make your own self-rising cornbread by combining 2 cups of cornmeal, 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt. 
  • You can use Jiffy cornbread mix or whatever you wish.
  • If you want a really cheesy cornbread topping, feel free to add more cheese.
  • The use of sugar or sweetener is OPTIONAL in this recipe. Using 1/2 cup will produce cornbread with a hint of sweetness. If you like really sweet cornbread, consider adding a cup of sugar or sweetener.
  • You can substitute/make your own buttermilk if you wish by combining milk and vinegar (or lemon). Get instructions on How to Make a Buttermilk Substitute here.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 23g