Southwest Chicken Tamale Pie with Jalapeno Cornbread

Southwest Chicken Tamale pie is a spicy chicken dish topped with a jalapeno cornbread.

southwest chicken tamale pie with jalapeno cornbread

I’m fairly certain that Utah missed the memo that it’s supposed to be Fall and bring us some cooler weather. Nope, instead we have had many days of over 90 degrees, but that isn’t stopping me from making this fantastic chicken tamale pie with jalapeno cornbread.

I’m not sure which we should talk about first- the chicken tamale pie or the jalapeno cornbread. Both are so perfect and compliment each other perfectly.

Let’s start with the main part of this dish, the tamale part. The dish starts with boiling the chicken in enchilada sauce for 30 minutes. The aroma coming from this dish will make you think you’re in a Mexican restaurant. Once the chicken is done, shred it and add all the other ingredients and top with with the jalapeno cornbread.

Now let’s talk about the jalapeno cornbread. We love cornbread in our house and I make this one often. This jalapeno cornbread is just as good, but instead of being sweet it’s spicy. I like to use 1 jalapeno de-seeded so it’s not too spicy. If you want more spice then add the seeds into the mix. The cornbread is the perfect compliment to the chicken tamale pie.

Run don’t walk to your kitchen and make this dish. I promise you will love it.



Southwest Chicken Tamale Pie with Jalapeno Cornbread
  • Tamale Pie -
  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Jalapeno Cornbread-
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 jalapeno, unseeded and finely diced
  1. Tamale pie-
  2. In a cast iron skillet or stove/oven-safe pan add the enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil and then add the chicken. Allow to come back to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, shred it. You can do this right in your pan.
  3. Add the black beans, corn, salt, onion and cheese. Mix well.
  4. Make the cornbread (see instructions below)
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Once you have made the cornbread pour it over the chicken tamale pie and bake for 25 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown on the edges and the sauce is bubbling underneath.
  7. *If you don't have an oven-safe pan that you can use on the stove top and oven then boil your chicken in a saucepan and then transfer to an 8x8 casserole pan and continue the process.
  8. Jalapeno Cornbread-
  9. Mix the dry ingredients for the cornbread in a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients into a smaller bowl. Add the diced jalapeno to the wet ingredients and mix. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix till moistened.

Adapted from Budget Bytes




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  1. hey there! I just saw this on Insta and had to hop over for the recipe. I LOVE it – sounds so delish and I’m going to try! Thanks!

  2. This looks fantastic-I love the jalapeno in the cornbread!

  3. This sounds so good! I look forward to trying it!

  4. what a terrific dish for taco Tuesday! and I am in LOVE with the cornbread – we like it spicy over here (and our weather has not gotten the memo either. I am so over the 90 degree days

  5. I was in Phoenix when the temp was over 90 for a long time! I still want comfort food though. No doubt that this falls into that category!

  6. Mmmm!!! Looks terrific and I always love cooking in my cast iron skillet – works so well for this type of meal. Thanks for sharing with us at #TryaBiteTuesday – pinned & shared your yummy recipe. Hope to see you back next week!

  7. I am a big fan of Tex Mex flavors and this dish would be a real winner in my house! That cornbread topping is such a great addition!

  8. Oh. my. stars! This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it….. Thanks so much for sharing it at Tips & Tricks last week. Hope to see you at tonight’s party, too! Have a fabulous week!

  9. This looks delicious! Pinned it. I saw your recipe featured over at Try A Bite Tuesday Link-Up Party, so glad I saw it. Have a great week!

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