Slow Cooker Tamale Pie


This is a simple tamale pie recipe that tastes very similar to authentic tamales without all the work! I sometimes double this recipe and make it in a large slow cooker. This recipe is a big hit with my husband. Serve with various toppings such as sour cream, more cheese, salsa, green onions, tomatoes, etc.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 (8.5 ounce) package corn bread/muffin mix

  • cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Place the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the beef until it is browned, about 10 minutes, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Drain the beef, and place it into the slow cooker. Stir in the kidney beans, enchilada sauce, and garlic powder.

  2. In a bowl, combine the corn bread mix with milk, egg, and butter, and stir until just mixed. Stir in the Cheddar cheese. Spoon the corn bread mixture over the beef mixture in the slow cooker.

  3. Set the cooker to Low, cover, and cook until the corn bread topping is cooked through and set, about 5 hours.


You can substitute Mexican-style cheese or pepper jack for the Cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

463 Calories
22g Fat
42g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 463
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 1057mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 220mg 17%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 335mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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