Crockpot Beef Tamale Pie

Crockpot Beef Tamale Pie
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  • Total: 7 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Servings: 4 servings

This Crockpot beef tamale pie uses corn muffin mix for an easy topping packed with a sweet, earthy flavor. It pairs nicely with a crisp green salad tossed with avocado and cherry tomatoes, served with a creamy salad dressing.

The ground beef is cooked with onion and garlic, then combined with beans, salsa, and seasonings. That goes into the slow cooker first; a topping made with corn muffin mix and cheese bakes on top. Serve with a cool mixture of sour cream, cherry tomatoes, and green onions. And a cold beer on the side.

Make sure to test the cornbread topping with the toothpick before you serve this fabulous pie. And remember - this is a "fake" tamale, with a cornbread topping subbing for the tamale batter. Nobody claimed it's authentic - just delicious.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic, (minced)
  • 1 green bell pepper, (chopped)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans or black beans, (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (6-ounce) package corn muffin mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (4-ounce) can of chopped green chilies, (undrained)
  • 1 cup grated Colby or Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Steps to Make It

  1. Spray a 4 to 5-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, sauté the ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is cooked, stirring to break up meat.

  3. Drain the meat mixture thoroughly and stir in the bell pepper, drained kidney beans, tomato sauce, salsa, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour into the prepared crockpot.

  4. In a large bowl, mix together the corn muffin mix, milk, butter and egg just until combined. Then add Pepper Jack and Parmesan cheeses and chilies, including chili liquid.

  5. Spoon the corn muffin mixture over the beef in the crockpot.

  6. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the cornbread mixture comes out clean. Sprinkle the top with the Colby cheese and let stand for 5 minutes until the cheese melts.

  7. In a small bowl combine sour cream, cherry tomatoes or salsa, and green onion; serve on top of the pie with cilantro or any other seasoning you prefer.

If you have a new hotter cooking crockpot, check this for doneness at 5 hours.