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Easy Skillet Tamale Pie

This Easy Skillet Tamale Pie is an awesome skillet dinner idea. It’s a super easy tex-mex meal that’s made in one pot! This easy dinner is a favorite at our house, and it’s sure to be one at yours too!

Easy One Pot Tamale Pie Recipe

Easy weeknight dinner recipes at my house are a MUST. We all live busy lives and when you can have a one pan dinner in your back pocket that everyone loves, you’re ahead of the game.

My family loves Tex Mex dinners…taco night, burrito bowls, quesadillas…so this Skillet Tamale Pie is a no brainer. Plus, getting dinner done in under an hour is a necessity on weeknights, and this skillet recipe fits the bill

And like I said, put a little taco seasoning on just about anything, my kids are sure to eat it!

Easy Tamale Pie made in a skillet

Can You Freeze This Tamale Pie?

YES! This is a great meal prep recipe that you can freeze! I recommend assembling it in a casserole dish, so you don’t have to freeze your skillet, though!

Can You Use Ground Beef Instead of Ground Turkey?

Absolutely! I do recommend using a very lean ground beef so you won’t have too much fat in the pan. Of course, you can drain the fat, but it just makes it easier to use lean meat!

Southwest tamale pie cut and served

Once it’s cooled a bit it slices nicely and can feed a large family. Love that!

Tamale Pie served on a plate topped with sour cream

Such an easy and adaptable dinner…you guys are going to love it!

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Skillet Tamale Pie served to eat right out of the skillet

Easy Skillet Tamale Pie

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


This Easy Skillet Tamale Pie is an awesome skillet dinner idea. It’s a super easy tex-mex meal that’s made in one pot! This easy dinner is a favorite at our house, and it’s sure to be one at yours too!


  • 1 3/4 cup grated Mexican style cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can green chiles drained
  • 1 (1 ounce package) taco seasoning
  • 1 (8.5 ounce package) corn muffin mix
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounces red enchilada sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C
  2. Coat a 10- inch cast iron skillet with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine 3/4 cup cheese, milk, egg, corn, green chiles, taco seasoning and muffin mix. Stir until combined.
  4. Spread this mixture into the prepared skillet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the center is set.
  5. Meanwhile in another skillet cook the ground turkey on medium heat until it’s done and no pink remains. Add in the black beans and cook until heated through, 2-3 minutes. Add the enchilada sauce to the mix and stir to combine. Remove from the heat until ready to use.
  6. When the corn muffin mixture is set use a fork to liberally poke holes across the entire surface. Pour the turkey mixture on top of the corn.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  8. Serve immediately with sour cream, avocado, tomato and lettuce, if desired.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 402
  • Sugar: 5.3 g
  • Sodium: 1379.5 mg
  • Fat: 13.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.1 g
  • Protein: 25.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 75.8 mg

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7 comments on “Easy Skillet Tamale Pie”

  1. I made this again last night, & just had to come back & tell you how much I LOVE it! I had seconds (& I never have seconds) because I just couldn’t bear to be done eating it. 😛 I didn’t even put any toppings on it (usually I like salsa & sour cream on my Mexican dishes) because the flavor was just amazing on its own. I used a glass pie dish because I don’t have a skillet for the oven, & it worked perfectly. I also added some chopped onion in w/ the meat since I had some extra in the fridge, & we love onion.

  2. Made this last night for supper & my picky hubby & I both loved it! Win win! This will definitely be a regular for week nights.

  3. Finally got around to making this last night – HUGE hit with my hubby and boys! (they are 16 and 12) Everyone loved it and said to definitely keep the recipe 🙂 Thanks!!

  4. Shawn @ I Wash You Dry

    This is definitely my family’s kind of dinner! And love that it’s a one skillet dinner too.

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