Easy Tamale Pie

I’ve received several requests for an easy Tamale Pie recipe using Jiffy’s Corn Muffin Mix. Layers of cornbread, enchilada sauce, ground beef and cheese. Ready in a jiffy.




4.9 from 27 reviews
Easy Tamale Pie
Layers of cornbread, enchilada sauce, spiced ground beef and cheese, baked until melty and topped with all your favorite taco fixings!
Serves: 8-12
  • 1 box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix (standard 8.5 oz box)
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small can diced green chiles (4.5 ounce can)
  • 1 can of corn or creamed corn
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (I used sharp white cheddar)
  • Salsa
  • Guacomole
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, milk, and egg. Gently fold in chiles and corn. Pour into greased baking pan (9x9, 9x13, large cast iron skillet). Bake until set (a toothpick should come out clean), about 20-25 minutes.
  3. While cornbread is baking, combine beef with spices and sauté in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. Once cornbread is done baking, reduce oven to 350 degree F. Poke holes in cornbread with a fork and pour enchilada sauce over it. Top with ground beef and shredded cheese, and cover with aluminum foil. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and back until cheese begins to brown, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving with desired toppings.


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  1. Tara says

    This was awesome!!! The only thing I did differently was add some sugar and mayo to the cornbread because that’s how my mom makes it. I also put some onions in the meat.

  2. Carolyn McGuigan says

    This is absolutely the best and easiest tamale ever! The first two times used just corn but last night used creamed corn. It’s creamed from now on. Also, in our family pie without black olives in the meat mixture just isn’t tamale pie…..my husband calls your recipe “restaurant worthy”!

  3. says

    Made this tonight. Super yummy, got rave reviews from the husband and all three kids. I used chipotle peppers instead of green chilis and made it in a glass 9×13 pan.
    Otherwise followed as directed. 🙂 delicious

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