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Easy Chipotle Tamale Pie

This Easy Chipotle Tamale Pie is a delicious idea for dinner packed with lean ground turkey, tomatoes and spices nestled under a cheesy cornbread crust. This is the perfect comfort food!

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This is the ultimate comfort food dish with a lot of sass!  Layers of sauteed ground turkey, tomatoes and spices are nestled underneath a cheesy cornbread crust.  Doesn’t that sound delicious?

I first fell in love with this recipe years ago and over time, I have switched things up and adapted it for my mood, what’s in the pantry, etc.  It’s a great recipe to play with.  I often make it with ground chicken but decided to go with ground turkey today, much like the original recipe.

Also, while the original recipe calls for chipotles in adobo, I must confess, I got a bit lazy after a long day at the 9to9.  Whenever I open a new can of chipotles, I hate to have them regulated to the back of the fridge as a science experiment so I often break out the mini food processor and go through the process storing the leftover chipotles.  Sadly, there was no leftover chipotle puree in the freezer and, as I glanced at the unopened chipotle can, I made an executive decision.  Thankfully, I had a jar of chipotle spice powder in the spice cabinet which saved the day.

Don’t tell anyone, but I think I liked this version a bit better.  Leftovers are fantastic for lunch the next day as the flavor just intensifies as it sits.  I was already asked when it was going to be on the dinner plan again.  Serve with a light green salad and you will have a dinner that your friends and family will love.

So, when your dinner menu needs a bit of spicing up and you still want something comforting but with a bit of sass, make this Chipotle Tamale Pie!

On to the Recipe:


Gather your ingredients

Easy Chipotle Tamale Pie - Ingredients | Cooking In Stilettos

Bloom the spices with the turkey

Easy Chipotle Tamale Pie - Sauteing the Turkey and Spices | Cooking In Stilettos

And bring it all to a bubble

Easy Chipotle Tamale Pie - Bringing to a Simmer | Cooking In Stilettos

Layering the cornbread batter

Easy Chipotle Tamale Pie - Adding the Batter | Cooking In Stilettos

Now – this is a dinner that will be a family favorite

This Easy Chipotle Tamale Pie from is comfort food with a bit of sass. Lean ground turkey, tomatoes & spices are nestled under a cheesy cornbread crust and baked to perfection. Tamale Pie | Comfort Food | Mexican | Turkey | Healthy Recipe

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Easy Chipotle Tamale Pie

This Chipotle Tamale Pie is so easy to prepare and packed with smoky Latin flavors. Made with ground turkey, this Chipotle Tamale Pie is a lighter spin on a classic.

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of Adobo seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle chile powder (or you can use 1 – 2 minced chipotle chiles)
  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Cheddar, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) package of cornbread mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • Cooking Spray for greasing baking dish


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly spray an 8 by 8 inch baking dish baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  4. Add the ground turkey to the skillet and sauté for a few minutes until it starts to develop some color.
  5. Add the diced onions, bell pepper to the skillet and sauté until translucent.
  6. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute more.
  7. Drain off any excess fat and add the cumin, adobo seasoning, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika and chipotle chili powder to the turkey mixture. Cook for a minute to bloom the spices.
  8. To the turkey mixture, add the tomatoes and black beans and bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until heated through, about 7 minutes or so.
  10. Remove the pan from the heat and add 1 cup of cheddar cheese and the parsley or cilantro. Stir so that everything is mixed thoroughly.
  11. Spread the mixture in the baking dish, making sure that everything is even and compact.
  12. In a bowl, whisk together the cornbread mix, mil, egg and salt. Fold in 2 tablespoons of the remaining shredded cheese.
  13. Spread the cornbread batter over the turkey mixture and then sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of cheese over the top.
  14. Bake until the cornbread is golden brown – about 20 to 25 minutes.
  15. Let stand for 5 – 10 minutes to let everything set. Cut into squares and serve.
  16. Enjoy!



2368 cal


122 g


182 g


148 g
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