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Jiffy Cornbread Tamale Pie

Jiffy cornbread tamale pie is a super easy recipe, is packed with flavor, and is a filling meal to make for the family.

Delicious Ingredients

Jiffy cornbread tamale pie on a white plate with a fork

Ground beef, melted cheese, and flavorful seasonings make up the bottom portion of the cornbread recipe, while it’s topped with Jiffy cornbread, creamed corn, and sour cream all mixed together to make a filling and delicious dinner. 

If you love cornbread, give Jiffy corn pudding, with creamed and whole kernel corn.

Jiffy cornbread tamale pie on a white plate next to a pan of it.

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

I’ve been on a bit of a Jiffy kick lately and that’s because it just tastes so good and you can make so many different dishes with it for a super low price.

Jiffy cornbread tamale pie is a great dinner for the family because it will feed quite a few people, and if you’re like us with growing boys, you know how much they can eat. 

We eat a lot of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix because it’s so budget-friendly and can be used in so many dishes from pancakes, moist cornbread, or ground beef casserole

What ingredients do I need to make tamale pie with cornbread topping?

(Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post)

For the beef mixture:

  • Ground Beef
  • Green chiles
  • Red enchilada sauce
  • Dried minced onion
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

For the cornbread topping:

Ground Beef Mixture

Ground beef cooking in a cast iron skillet.

Start by adding the ground beef to a skillet and cooking until brown. Drain the grease. 

Ground beef with green chiles in a glass bowl

Next, add the ground beef to a large bowl. Drain the juice off of the green chiles and add them to the bowl.

Pouring the red enchilada sauce over the ground beef in a glass bowl.

Pour the red enchilada sauce into the bowl with the beef and chiles.

Ground beef, enchilada sauce, garlic, chiles, and minced onion in a large glass bowl.

Add the garlic salt and minced onion. I used dried minced onion for this recipe simply because it’s easier, but it’s still just as flavorful.

You can dice some fresh onions for this dish if you’d like to do that, as well.

Ground beef, tamales, and seasonings for Jiffy Cornbread Tamale Pie

Next, add the chili powder to the bowl with the other ingredients.

Adding sour cream to the glass bowl with ground beef and seasonings for tamale pie.

Sour cream is next on the list to add to the mixture.

Shredded cheddar cheese sitting on top of a bowl of tamale pie ingredients.

Finally, add the shredded cheddar cheese to the bowl.

For this recipe, I chose sharp cheddar, but you’re welcome to choose any type of shredded cheese that you’d like because they are all going to taste delicious.

Adding ground beef tamale mixture to the bottom of a casserole dish

Spread the ground beef mixture into a greased casserole dish and set aside while you get the cornbread topping ready.

You can use a 9″ x 13″ dish, or something just a tad smaller. I wouldn’t go as small as 9″ x 9″ because it will be too small once you add the cornbread mixture on top.

Jiffy Cornbread Ingredients for Topping

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix and an egg in a glass bowl

Grab another bowl and add the Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix and an egg to the bowl.

I started out using one box of muffin mix but ended up adding another one, so the recipe calls for two boxes.

Pouring milk into a bowl with Jiffy Muffin Mix and egg.

Pour the milk into the bowl with the muffin mix and egg.

Pouring vegetable oil into a bowl with Jiffy Muffin Mix

Add the vegetable oil to the bowl.

This is a very moist cornbread recipe and part of it is taken from my, “How To Make Jiffy Cornbread More Moist,” post, which has been wildly popular because it’s such an easy and delicious recipe.

There are a lot of different ingredients that go into this recipe that help make the cornbread topping so moist, including the sour cream, vegetable oil, and egg.

Cream corn in a glass bowl with Jiffy Muffin Mix

Next, add the cream corn to the bowl and mix everything together until well combined.

Cornbread on top of beef tamale pie in a casserole dish

Pour the Jiffy cornbread casserole mixture over the ground beef mixture and spread it out evenly.

Baked cornbread on top of tamale pie in a casserole dish

Baking the Jiffy Cornbread Tamale Pie

Finally, bake the Jiffy cornbread tamale pie for approximately 50 minutes until the top is golden brown.

You can stick a cake tester or a knife through the top and if it comes out clean, it should be finished cooking.

A fork filled with Jiffy cornbread tamale pie

How do you reheat a tamale pie?

There are a couple of different ways to reheat tamale pie. You can place a piece on a microwave-safe dish, cover with a paper towel and heat for about two minutes.

If you’d like to heat the tamale pie in the oven, heat on 350-degrees for about twenty minutes. If you are only reheating one piece, check after ten minutes to see if the pie is hot.

Recipe Card Below

Check out the Jiffy cornbread tamale pie recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! I love this recipe and I think you’ll love this one, too. 

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your Jiffy cornbread casserole tamale pie on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us.

Jiffy cornbread tamale pie on a white plate with a fork

Jiffy Cornbread Tamale Pie

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Jiffy cornbread tamale pie is a super easy dinner to make for the family. Ground beef, melted cheese, and flavorful seasonings on the bottom, topped with Jiffy cornbread, creamed corn, and sour cream.


Ground beef mixture

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 oz. green chiles
  • 10 oz. red enchilada sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Jiffy Cornbread Topping

  • 2 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 14.75 oz. can cream corn


Ground Beef Mixture

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees and grease a 9" x 13" casserole dish.
  2. Cook the ground beef.
  3. Drain the grease off of the ground beef.
  4. Add the ground beef, green chiles, enchilada sauce, minced onion, garlic salt, and chili powder to a large bowl.
  5. Add the sour cream and shredded cheese and mix well.
  6. Pour into the greased casserole dish.

Jiffy Cornbread Topping

  1. In another bowl, add the two boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, egg, milk, vegetable oil, sour cream, and cream corn and mix well.
  2. Pour over the ground beef mixture and spread it out evenly over the top.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and cake tester or knife comes out clean.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 988mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 26g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

This was amazingly great and is plenty for me and my always hungry growing daughter. We will enjoy the leftovers for a few days. I did toss in a small can of crushed black olives because we had an extra can in the cupboard that I wanted to use.

Turned out absolutely amazing for us and super simple and easy.

I’m of course always on the hunt for those extra simple and easy recipes with few simple ingredients.

We will make this from now on once in awhile.

Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

That's so great to hear! Thanks for the tip with the black olives, I will do that next time. My hubby would love that.


Saturday 9th of October 2021

Oooh…,this was not great Followed recipe exactly Filling was mush flat tasting too much cheese made it a no for my family and unfortunately left overs tossed. Corn bread topping was good but sorry, cannot recommended and will not be making again

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 9th of October 2021

Oh no! I am sorry to hear that, Margaret.


Monday 4th of October 2021

Will this work with one box of cornbread?

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

Hi Devin,

I haven't made it with one box, but it's probably possible. You would have to lower the amounts of some of the ingredients. I would use one egg, same amount of milk, and half of the sour cream, oil, and corn. Let me know how it goes.

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Saturday 28th of August 2021

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Melinda G

Friday 16th of July 2021

I made this tonight for dinner. I did make a couple of changes. I added a packet of taco seasoning to the ground beef and I added a can of pinto beans to the beef mixture. I also added more shredded cheese. I had to add some time as well (about 20 min). My husband loved this and told me to definitely make this dish again.

Julie Pollitt

Friday 16th of July 2021

Thanks so much for sharing and those sound like great additions to the recipe! I’ll have to try them next time.

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