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Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie


"This is a simple tamale pie recipe that tastes very similar to authentic tamales without all the work! I sometimes double this recipe and make it in a large slow cooker. This recipe is a big hit with my husband. Serve with various toppings such as sour cream, more cheese, salsa, green onions, tomatoes, etc. "
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5 h 20 m servings 463 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 463 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 22 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 41.7g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 24.3 g
  • 49%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium:
  • 1057 mg
  • 42%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the beef until it is browned, about 10 minutes, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Drain the beef, and place it into the slow cooker. Stir in the kidney beans, enchilada sauce, and garlic powder.
  2. In a bowl, combine the corn bread mix with milk, egg, and butter, and stir until just mixed. Stir in the Cheddar cheese. Spoon the corn bread mixture over the beef mixture in the slow cooker.
  3. Set the cooker to Low, cover, and cook until the corn bread topping is cooked through and set, about 5 hours.


  • You can substitute Mexican-style cheese or pepper jack for the Cheddar cheese.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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  1. 244 Ratings

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This is very good. I did tweak it a little since we like things spicy. First, I doubled the recipe since I have a large oval slow cooker. I added some sauteed diced onions and bell peppers plus ...

Most helpful critical review

Did not taste at all like a tamale, more like a bland, dry chili.

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This is very good. I did tweak it a little since we like things spicy. First, I doubled the recipe since I have a large oval slow cooker. I added some sauteed diced onions and bell peppers plus ...

thanks everyone.. I also "tweak" this recipe. This recipe was given to me by a friend and what I do to tweak it.. I double the meat, double the enchilada sauce, add chilli powder & garlic powder...

I made Sals' Red Enchilada Sauce (which hubby said smelled wonderful, and I didn't think to taste before I put it in the meat mixture) for this, then did everything by the recipe. I put a towel ...

As a kid I loved tamale pie BUT it had NO beans So did not use them I did use whole kernal corn. I included chilies I also added black olives.I live alone so I eat it for a couple days. It get...

Brandy thank you so much for this recipe. Its a great recipe to easily customize to anyones likes and dislikes. We cooked the hamburger as making taco meat added 1 can (drained) Ro*Tel and a ...

This was good! My husband and I ate about 2/3 of the meal ourselves. However, like the others, I would double the recipe. It tasted more like chili, but definitely good. Here's what I did: 1 lb...

I made a few changes, I added diced onion in the ground beef and used fresh garlic. I also substituted chili beans for the kidney beans. It didn't quite take the full 5 hours to cook, it was GRE...

This recipe is a keeper. I will make this often. I tweaked it a little. Someone suggested adding jalapeno peppers so I cut and diced two fresh. I also sauteed an onion and 1/2 green pepper i...

I liked this recipe. I do think it needs more seasoning as it tasted kind of bland. My crockpot is pretty big so the cornbread layer was kind of thin so next time I make it I'll double the cornb...

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