Video: How to Make Tamale Pie -

Video: How to Make Tamale Pie

See the simple secret to this 5-star ground beef casserole.

358,646 Plays

With all due apologies to those who take the time and serious effort to make real homemade tamales, this tamale and ground beef casserole is so quick and easy to make, it's perfect for a weeknight dinner. In this video, Chef John will teach you how to make a simple tamale pie. The secret ingredient here is boxed cornbread mix, which you’ll develop into a batter to form the “pie” crust. Simply layer cheese, frozen corn, and a peppery ground beef mixture between the cornbread batter. The casserole comes out of the oven golden brown and wonderfully perfumed. It’s a delicious meal and sure-fire family favorite that makes excellent leftovers—if it lasts that long. Get Chef John's recipe for Tamale Pie. And for other tasty ideas, see more Chef John videos >>

Related Recipes & Articles


Jun. 22, 2015 2:20 pm
Looks great, although I will do a GF bottom and top using Pamela's products GF pancake mix and Gf corn meal.
Jun. 15, 2015 5:39 pm
Made just like John's recipe and it is in the oven now. Can't wait till it is finished. It looks real good and now my wife is cleaning the big mess I made. Renee does not mind that because she like's it when I cook. ROSS
Feb. 26, 2015 1:16 pm
I add 1 can black olives, Med. Or Large pitted and cut in half. Use more if desired. Yummy recipe, Thanks Allrecipes!
Sep. 3, 2014 3:14 am
My mom always made Tamale Pie This Way using leftover Peppersteak with sliced bellpepper and sliced onion, and leftover taco meat, and leftover Macoroni& cheese. If is one of our favorite dishes. The combination tastes great. Thanks Chef John I didn't know how to make regular Tamale Pie. Now I can make my Moms recipe
danny o. 
Jun. 18, 2014 7:42 am
I will probably give it a try to find how it would like or how will it taste if it is like the ones on my tickled mind or something that will give me a good appetite. it is worth trying and other will like it to that something that would be on someones eye or point of view.thanks for the recipe.
Apr. 27, 2014 9:59 am
Sounds great, Chef!
Jan. 1, 2014 12:17 am
Muy BonitO. Can I use maseca instead of Jiffy?
Dec. 31, 2013 11:07 am
There's not a tamale to be found in this recipe. It's Mexican corn bread...
Dec. 31, 2013 9:16 am
Dec. 30, 2013 9:14 pm
I make it similar to this recipe but I use tomato soup and I put diced jalapeños in my top layer of corn bread we call it Mexican corn bread pie oh and use a large rod iron skillet to make in its wonderful
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Mealtime Money-Savers
Mealtime Money-Savers

Browse through over 500 recipes for delicious, budget-friendly meals.

Can What You Can't
Can What You Can't

The old saying goes, "Eat what you can, and can what you can't!" We have the know-how.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Recently Viewed Recipes

You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States