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Old School Tamale Pie with the Best Cornbread Topping

This tamale pie is absolutely delicious and is packed with perfectly seasoned ground beef, onions, corn, black olives, tomatoes, cheese and topped with the best cornbread topping.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Southwest
Keyword: Best Cornbread Recipe, Tamale Pie, The Best Tamale Pie
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 971kcal
Author: Great Grub, Delicious Treats


For The Meat Filling

  • pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 15 ounce can corn drained
  • 10 ounce can Rotel drained
  • 3.8 ounce can sliced black olives drained
  • 15 ounce can enchilada sauce
  • 4 ounce diced green chilies
  • cups Colby jack cheese

For The Cornbread Topping

  • 3 cups Marie Callender's cornbread mix
  • 8 ounce sour cream
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup onions chopped
  • 4 ounce can diced green chilies
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided


  • Preheat oven to 350°

For the Meat Filling

  • In a large cast iron skillet, cook meat and onions over medium high heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Drain grease and return to skillet.
  • Season with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir.
  • Pour in enchilada sauce, Rotel, corn, olives, and diced green chilies. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, add Colby Jack cheese, stir, and simmer while making the cornbread.

For the Cornbread Topping

  • In a large bowl, add cornbread mix. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix sour cream, water, egg, onion, and diced green chilies together.
  • Pour wet ingredients into cornbread. Stir. Add ½ cup of cheese. Stir.
  • Spoon cornbread batter on top of meat. Top with remaining 1½ cups of cheese.
  • Place cast iron skillet into the oven and bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 971kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1923mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 1323IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 492mg | Iron: 5mg