Tamale Pie with Cache Valley® Cheese Cornbread Crust

tamale pie with cheese cornbread crust



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For the Filling:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Cache Valley® cheese, shredded (any variety such as cheddar or Monterey Jack)

For the Cornbread Crust:

  • 1 box (8.5 ounces) cornbread mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Cache Valley® Pepper Jack cheese, shredded


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain excess fat.
  • Add diced onions and minced garlic to the skillet with the cooked beef. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the black beans, diced tomatoes, frozen corn kernels, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, prepare the cornbread mix according to package instructions. Usually, this involves combining the cornbread mix with milk, vegetable oil, and an egg.
  • Once the cornbread batter is mixed, fold in 1 cup of shredded Cache Valley® pepper jack cheese until evenly distributed.
  • Spread the prepared filling evenly across the bottom of the greased baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining shredded Cache Valley® cheese over the top of the filling.
  • Pour the prepared cornbread batter evenly over the filling layer in the baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cornbread crust is golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove the tamale pie from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Enjoy your delicious Tamale Pie with plenty of Cache Valley® cheese in every bite!
  • Feel free to serve with additional toppings such as sour cream, sliced avocado, or chopped cilantro, if desired.



Author Bio

Recipe Author: Lydia Martinez