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Tamale Pie from Farmwife Feeds made with easy homemade cornbread base, hamburger, enchilada sauce covered in cheese. #cornbread #beef #enchilada

Tamale Pie

A delicious casserole with a cornbread base, hamburger, enchilada sauce and loads of cheese!



  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Tablespoons oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 4.5 ounce can green chili's
  • 1 15 ounce can creamed corn

Meat Mixture

  • 1½-2 pounds hamburger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Other Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon oil if using a cast iron skillet
  • 1 10 ounce can red enchilada sauce
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • cilantro



  • Preheat oven to 400° and if using a cast-iron skillet place it in the oven while it is pre-heating. You can also use a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl - cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt-stir.
    Then add the oil, milk and egg - stir to combine.
    Add the can of creamed corn and the green chilis - stir to combine.
  • Carefully remove the hot cast-iron skillet from the oven and add a tablespoon of oil to the hot pan-carefully making sure the oil coats the bottom on the pan.
    Pour in the cornbread batter and place back in the oven for 20-25 minutes until done - a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    Approximately the same cooking time for a greased 9x18 baking dish.

Meat Mixture

  • While the cornbread is in the oven brown the ground beef until fully cooked.
    Once browned add the cumin, chili powder and salt to browned meat and stir - sometimes I also add a 1/4 cup of water to the meat mixture and stir.
    Set seasoned meat aside.


  • Once cornbread is done carefully remove from the oven.
    With a fork poke holes in cooked cornbread then pour your enchilada sauce all over the cornbread.
  • Now layer your cooked meat on top and cover the meat with your shredded cheese.
  • Reduce the temperature of oven to 350°, cover the casserole with foil and place back in the oven for 20 minutes.
    After 15 minutes remove the foil to brown the cheese.
  • If you want now sprinkle on some cilantro and serve!