Enjoy this recipe for Crock-Pot Southwest Tamale Pie and have a fiesta! Created with ground beef and pantry staples like canned tomatoes & cornbread mix!
Crock-Pot Southwest Tamale Pie
This is an interesting dish that I sort of came up with one day as I was rooting around in the freezer and pantry and trying to come up with something to feed the family without needing to make a grocery store run.
I started off with a package of ground beef that I had purchased when it was on sale for $1.79 a pound. I bought several pounds and browned it all up in my big electric skillet. When all the meat was cooked and crumbled I tossed it into freezer bags and throw them in the freezer.
So out came a bag of already cooked hamburger. Easy!
Then some onion, diced green chilies, and tomatoes.
I seasoned up the ground beef with some cumin (LOVE me some cumin), garlic and dried oregano.
If you can find Mexican oregano in your grocery store…use that. It has a different taste over the Italian oregano and I love it. In our grocery store is is found in the Latin American section of the grocery store in little bags that cost right around a dollar. So very economical too.
Then, I went with a box of corn bread mix…just plain old Jiffy brand corn bread mix…these go on sale for about 50¢ a box all the time where I live so I usually buy 10 or 20 at a time and keep them stashed away. Cornbread is always a favorite for my family, or I turn them in to blueberry cornbread muffins or even hoe cakes for breakfast drizzled with honey…oh my.
But that is a whole other story…
You just make the cornbread according to the recipe on the box. Easy.
And if you want to make homemade cornbread…by all means folks…do whatever floats your boat. Sometimes I make cornbread from scratch too..and sometimes I use a box. It depends on my mood and what kind of time I have. As the mother of 5 kids…some-days this mamma is too busy for homemade.
Ingredients Needed For Slow Cooker Southwest Tamale Pie:
- Ground Beef – I prefer to extra lean ground beef because it has less fat but you can also use ground turkey in this recipe too. You will want to cook, brown and crumble the ground beef on the stove-top.
- Onion – Yellow onion is my preferred choice but you use can use a white onion too.
- Canned Diced Green Chilies – These add some great flavor but not a lot of spice.
- Canned Crushed Tomatoes – Use the best quality canned tomatoes you can.
- Garlic – Minced fine. This recipe uses 2 cloves. If you want to use the pre-minced garlic that you can buy in the stores use 2 teaspoons.
- Dried Oregano – Adds some nice flavor. In this recipe I prefer a nice Mexican oregano but if all you have on hand is the Italian variety that will work okay too.
- Cumin – Ground cumin is the spice that is really going to make this recipe pop with flavor. Cumin is often the main ingredient in taco seasoning mixes and just gives dishes that wonderful Mexican/Southwest flavor!
- Boxed Cornbread Mix – I just use the Jiffy brand of cornbread mix. If you cannot find cornbread mix where you live (some readers in the UK and Australia have said this is not a commonly found ingredient where they live) you can make your own with this recipe for Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Copycat Recipe from Chowhound.
Crock-Pot Tamale Pie Directions:
- Add the cooked ground beef (or turkey if using) along with the onion, green chilies, tomatoes, garlic, oregano and cumin to the slow cooker and mix until combined.
- Using the back of the spoon spread the mixture evenly oven the bottom the slow cooker.
- Following the directions on the box of the cornbread mix, make the cornbread batter, adding egg and milk as needed.
- Carefully pour the cornbread batter over the top of the ground beef mixture and spread it as evenly as possible over the top.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH or until the cornbread is cooked through.
- Spoon the tamale pie into bowls and eat as is. Or, add your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, diced green onions, sliced jalapeno peppers, sour cream, etc.
- Large Skillet
- Wooden Spoon
- 6 Quart Slow Cooker
- Can Opener
- Silicone Spatula
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
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- Crock-Pot Creamy Southwest Taco Soup
- Slow Cooker Southwestern Fiesta Chicken Wraps
- Crock-Pot Upside Down Taco Pie
- Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas (Mexican Shredded Pork)
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