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Shortcut Tamale Pie

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  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 35 min
  • serves: 6 people
  • calories: 427 1 serving

This piquant recipe combines five convenient ingredients to make a Southwestern-style beef, corn and bean "pie" with an irresistible cornbread, you can have it on the table in just 35 minutes.


cost per recipe: $7.14

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (19 ounces) Campbell's® Chunky™ Roadhouse - Beef & Bean Chili
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 package (8 1/2 ounces) corn muffin mix


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 400°F.

  • Step 2

    Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.

  • Step 3

    Stir the chili, water, picante sauce and corn in the skillet.  Spoon the beef mixture into a 2-quart shallow baking dish.

  • Step 4

    Mix the corn muffin mix according to the package directions. Pour the batter over the beef mixture.

  • Step 5

    Bake for 20 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.


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  • this is something like my grandma made

    Elizabeth J.
    March 30, 2019

    I just love Tamale pie. I added a half cup of whole olives to the beef mix and 1/3 cup of corn to the corn bread. It turned out amazing and alot like how I remember. I think there were crushed tomatos in my GM's and I might try that next time. Its always important to add s/p to taste to the beef after its browned. TASTE AS YOU COOK. YUM YUM.

  • bad

    mack m.
    November 18, 2014

    The crust never got firm and was gritty.

  • Excellent Tex Mex dish for our cafeteria!

    April 4, 2013

    Recipe was very easy, which I added a can of Rotel's diced tomatoes with green chilis. I made it for our college cafeteria and it went over as a huge success, the students ask to have it back for another day!

  • Shortcut Tamale Pie

    December 27, 2011

    For quick and easy it's at the top. A Hint or two: use an iron skillet they go right from the stove top to the oven (Only one pan to clean.). Use "Mexi-Corn" vs whole kernel and definitely have some extra Pace in a bowl beside some grated cheese for an added topping when it comes out of the oven and before serving. Yum Yum. Might want to make a double batch this is good !

  • Shortcut Tamale Pie

    October 25, 2008

    I've made this recipe and have to say that my whole family (yes even my 3 year old) loved it !! It's a nice change from meat and potatoes.

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    Calories 427
    Total Fat 17 g
    Sat. Fat 6.0 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 58 mg
    Sodium 861 mg
    Total Carb 42 g
    Dietary Fiber 6 g
    Sugar 10 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 23 g
    Vitamin D 0 %DV
    Calcium 6 %DV
    Iron 19 %DV
    Potassium 12 %DV

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