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Slow Cooker Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust

This dish is full of healthy ingredients that are slow-cooked to bring out all the rich Southwestern flavors.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: Slow Cooker
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 351kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • Recommended: 5 to 6 quart slow cooker.



  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 16 ounces salsa jar, no sugar added
  • 1 carrot peeled and finely diced
  • 15 ounces black beans can, drained and rinsed
  • 2.25 ounces diced green chilies can
  • 1 1/2 cups corn frozen
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded, reduced-fat (block cheese is best for shredding, as it doesn't contain all the added waxes of commercially shredded cheese)

Cornbread Crust

  • 1 cup cornmeal I used Hodgson Mill brand
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg slightly whipped
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk low-fat
  • 2.25 ounces diced green chilies can
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded, reduced-fat


For the Filling

  • In a large skillet, add ground turkey and cook over medium heat, while breaking up turkey into small pieces. Cook turkey until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain any fat and add turkey to the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients (except cornbread topping), stir well.

For the Cornbread Crust

  • In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, baking powder, soda, salt, and pepper. Add egg, buttermilk, green chilies, and 1/2 cup cheese, stir just until combined. Spread batter evenly over the meat mixture, sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 324mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11