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Easy Tamale Pie

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Easy Tamale Pie
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 6
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Our simple tamale pie is the perfect way to spice up taco night for fall! This tasty Tex-Mex meal is kid-approved and comes together in just three steps. That's a win for the whole family! Simply cook the beef filling, then finish off your easy tamale pie with cornbread topping and bake. Now, who's ready to eat?!
Updated Sep 20, 2021

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 can (10 oz) Old El Paso™ medium red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cans (4.5 oz each) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
  • 1 box (8.5 oz) corn muffin mix
  • Milk and egg called for on muffin mix box

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. In 10-inch ovenproof skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in enchilada sauce, 1 can of the green chiles and the chili powder. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, make corn muffin batter as directed on box. Stir in remaining 1 can green chiles and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Spoon batter evenly over beef mixture.
  • 3
    Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool 5 minutes.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Make it fresh! Top with diced tomatoes, sliced green onions, fresh cilantro leaves, sour cream and pico de gallo or salsa, if desired.
  • tip 2
    Serve our easy tamale pie recipe with a fresh green salad to round out your meal.
  • tip 3
    Skillet (and handle) will be hot, so be sure to cover the handle with a potholder or kitchen towel before serving.

Nutrition Information

440 Calories, 24g Total Fat, 23g Protein, 34g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
Calories from Fat
210
Total Fat
24g
37%
Saturated Fat
11g
56%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
110mg
36%
Sodium
960mg
40%
Potassium
200mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
11%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
2g
Protein
23g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Did you know that tamales have been around since 7,000 BC? The word tamale comes, via the Spanish word tamal, from Nahuatl, the main language spoken at the height of the Aztec empire in central Mexico. Other names this traditional dish include “zacahuil” (Veracruz), “pibs” (the Yucatan), “hallaquitas” (Venezuela) and “humitas” (used from Ecuador south to Argentina and Chile). Whatever you may call it, the recipe is largely the same: a body of corn dough, wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaf and steamed until cooked. Making tamales in the traditional way can be very labor-intensive. For instance, one Oaxacan-style recipe contains more than 120 discrete steps—that’s a lot of time! Luckily, this tamale pie WAY easier. It has just seven ingredients and comes together in under an hour. Now that you see pie is more than just a dessert, you can check out all of our pie recipes for every meal, from meaty pot pies to fruit-filled sweets.
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