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Easy Gluten Free Tamale Pie

  • Author: Elaine VanVleck
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy gluten free tamale pie recipe is the perfect ground beef casserole for weeknight dinners! It is a one pan comfort food meal made in a cast iron skillet. The seasoned beef mixture is topped with delicious homemade cornbread.



1 pound Ground Beef
1 small Yellow Onion, chopped
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
14.5 ounce can Stewed Tomatoes
15 ounce can Whole Kernel Corn, drained
6 ounce can Tomato Paste
2.25 ounce can Sliced Black Olives
2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Coarse Ground Black Pepper

Cornbread Topping:
1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 large Egg
1 cup Gluten Free Cornmeal
1 cup Gluten Free Flour
2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Sea Salt


In a cast iron skillet over medium heat cook the beef until very little pink remains. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent.

Add the stewed tomatoes, corn, tomato paste, olives, chili powder, cumin and salt. Stir to combine. Remove the pan from heat.

In your stand mixer beat together the unsalted butter, milk egg, cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Spread the cornbread mixture over top of the ground beef mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the cornbread topping is browned.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Meals
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free

Keywords: casserole, ground beef, cornbread, Mexican, dinner, cornmeal, cast iron skillet, comfort food