Hill Country Tamale Pie

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Tex-Mex is alive and well in the Texas Hill Country. From enchiladas, carnitas, and homemade tortillas — we just can’t get enough of our own special twist on Tex-Mex recipes. This particular recipe for Hill Country Tamale Pie is for the hearty Texas appetite and cornbread lover. The secret is really in the cornbread crust. Trust us, you can’t go wrong with this dish for Sunday dinner… or anytime!

Hill Country Tamale Pie

tamale pie


  • 1 box JIFFY corn muffin mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. creamed corn
  • 1/3 c. red enchilada sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 c. Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • small handful cilantro leaves, chopped (optional)
  • kosher salt
  • ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prepare cornbread base. In a medium bowl, combine corn muffin mix, sour cream, creamed corn, and egg. Whisk until evenly combined. Pour into a large cast iron skillet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool slightly in the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, make your taco meat. Sauté onions over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper and spices and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground beef and stir to break up meat. Season to taste and sauté until cooked through. Remove skillet from stovetop and drain excess fat.
  4. Poke entire surface of cornbread with a fork.Pour enchilada sauce over the cornbread. Add the meat mixture and top with shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake until the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Remove foil and broil until cheese begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
  5. Top with cilantro, if desired.

Recipe by  on, April 2016.