Hot Tamale Pie


While this tamale pie has very little to do with its south-of-the-border namesake, it's a really delicious recipe all the same.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 9x13 casserole


  • cooking spray

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 cups diced poblano peppers

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper

  • 2 (8.5 ounce) boxes dry corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy®)

  • 2 eggs

  • cup milk, divided

  • 4 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

  • 4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided

  • 8 ounces frozen corn, thawed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

  3. Cook and stir ground beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until meat starts to brown and release juices, about 5 minutes.

  4. Reduce heat to medium and stir in poblano peppers, salt, salsa, oregano, and chipotle powder; cook and stir until seasoned beef is crumbly and no longer pink, about 10 minutes.

  5. Mix one package of corn muffin mix in a large bowl with 1 egg and 1/3 cup of milk. Whisk to combine. In a separate large bowl, mix the second package of corn muffin mix with 1 egg, 1/3 cup of milk and half the Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

  6. Spread the prepared corn muffin mixture without cheese into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle corn over the muffin mix, followed by remaining half of the cheeses, then the beef mixture.

  7. Spoon the corn muffin mix with cheese on top of the beef and carefully spread over the top with a fork, leaving about half an inch from the edges of the pan.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, until golden brown.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute red or green bell peppers for the poblano peppers if needed.

Editor's Note:

This recipe freezes well, whether baked or unbaked. If you freeze it unbaked, bake it, covered in foil, for an extra 30-40 minutes until cornbread is golden and casserole is heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

640 Calories
32g Fat
54g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 640
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 1556mg 68%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 29mg 143%
Calcium 304mg 23%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 680mg 14%

* 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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