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Black Bean Tamale Pie With Pumpkin Cornbread Topper

This quick and easy dinner dish is also very customizable! Here we use black beans and veggies for a totally vegetarian meal, but you could use ground beef or turkey or some shredded chicken to up the protein and make it a meat eaters favorite. Like things a little spicier? Add a minced jalapeno, a couple chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper. You could also simply use your favorite cornbread mix or recipe for the topper.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: vegan, vegan, eggless, vegetarian,
Servings: 6 servings
Author: East Side Table


  • Large oven safe pot


  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15oz)
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic or 2 cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 cup pumpkin cornbread batter (see additional 1/2 sheet)
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Dice onion and pepper. Drain and rinse beans and corn. Mince or grate garlic. Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan or 8 inch oven safe skillet.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion, pepper, and corn until translucent and starting to brown in spots, about 4-5 minutes. Add beans, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Turn heat to low and simmer until everything is heated through and thickened.
  • ┬áPrepare cornbread: Follow directions on included 1/2 sheet on Pie Pumpkins and Pumpkin Cornbread. Use 2 cups batter for Tamale Pie and bake the rest in a greased loaf pan or 8x8 baking dish (extra cornbread delicious served with a smear of peanut butter for breakfast or with soup for lunch).
  • Pour tomato filling into prepared pan. Spoon cornbread batter over the top and spread to cover the filling as best you can.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes until cornbread is baked through and golden brown.
  • Serve warm with your favorite taco toppings! Sour cream, avocado, cheese, cilantro, etc. Enjoy!