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Easy Taco Tamale Pie

  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 40 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 714 1 serving

This cheesy, kicked-up beef and corn casserole is topped with cornbread to make a hearty dish that the whole family will enjoy!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (16 ounces) whole kernel corn, undrained
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 box (about 8 ounces) corn muffin mix


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 375°F. Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it's well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.

  • Step 2

    Stir the corn with its liquid, picante sauce and cheese in the skillet. Spoon the beef mixture into a 2-quart shallow baking dish. Prepare the corn muffin mix according to the package directions. Using 2 spoons, drop the batter evenly on top of the beef mixture.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 25 minutes or until the corn muffin topping is golden brown.


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  • chicken

    Stephanie I.
    November 28, 2018

    Has anyone tried this with shredded chicken?

  • So Easy Tamale Pie

    Elizabeth J.
    August 10, 2018

    I only did half at a time and it was perfect as written. Now that I am cooking for two everything spreads out much longer for filling dinners.

  • Perfect for a winter warming meal

    Chelsea W.
    November 26, 2014

    This is a great, SIMPLE recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I used 1 can of whole kernel corn (drained), instead of creamed corn, and I added 1 can of drained sliced black olives, 1 can of drained black beans, 1/2 of a chopped onion , and 1/2 packet of taco seasoning to the beef. I also used 2 corn muffin mixes instead of 1. It was wonderful!

  • Easy & Delicious w/a simple change

    Flo B.
    August 2, 2014

    My family loved this recipe. I took the advice of some of the reviews and added a half packet of taco seasoning, which made all the difference in the world. I didn't care for the corn bread on top because it was too sweet for me. My family loved it though. I will try this recipe again with cornmeal on top.

  • Great weeknight meal option

    Emily S.
    March 7, 2014

    Good, but definitely needs a little added seasoning. Super easy to make and my family enjoyed it. I made it in a 10-inch cast iron skillet and probable should have doubled the recipe because the "filling" was a little thin.

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    Calories 714
    Total Fat 32 g
    Sat. Fat 12.0 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 116 mg
    Sodium 1742 mg
    Total Carb 63 g
    Dietary Fiber 9 g
    Sugar 17 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 40 g
    Vitamin D 0 %DV
    Calcium 13 %DV
    Iron 22 %DV
    Potassium 14 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.