Chili Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie

A hearty, thick chili is topped with homemade cornbread for an easy, Mexican casserole that is reminiscent of tamales. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cornbread topped Chili, Tamale Casserole, Tamale Pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 -10
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


For the Tamale Pie Base

  • 1 teaspoon oil canola or olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cups leftover cooked meat
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups pinto beans or kidney beans
  • 16 oz tomato puree or sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese optional
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Seasoning

For the Cornbread Topping

  • 1 cup whole white wheat flour
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Heat oil in large skillet. 
  • Add in onion and saute for 3-5 minutes, or until onion is softened.
  • Add leftover meat to skillet, along with beans, seasonings, garlic, and tomato puree. Saute until mixture is warmed through, about 5-7 minutes. 
  • Spread out meat mixture in 2 quart casserole.

Cornbread mixture

  • Mix together the dry ingredients for the cornbread. Add the milk, eggs, and yogurt to the flour and mix until just combined.
  • Dollop the cornbread batter over the top of the casserole and spread to cover.
  • Bake uncovered for 45 minutes until bread is golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
Tamale Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 717mg31%
Potassium 585mg17%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 535IU11%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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