Keto Tamale Pie (Chili With Cornbread)

keto tamale pie

This easy keto tamale pie combines the flavor of a quick chili with a keto “cornbread” topping, allowing you to enjoy a classic tamale casserole with zero corn or cornmeal.  Perfect for when you want a Tex-Mex dish that the whole family will enjoy.



Satisfy your Mexican food cravings with a low carb skillet meal and make dinner a delicious breeze. I mean what more can you ask for? I don’t know about you, but skillet meals tend to be a favorite in our home.

After all, a meal that can be cooked and served in one pan is very appealing. It’s perfect for busy weeknights or whenever you need to bring a meal quickly to the table. 

If you are a fan of all things cornbread but can’t consume any corn, be sure to also check out our Keto Cornbread Recipes for more delicious mock cornbread options.

keto tamale pie
keto tamale pie

Keto Tamale Pie

This recipe for keto tamale pie uses well-seasoned ground beef for the keto chili and my zero corn “cornbread” topping for a tasty low in carbs tamale pie recipe.

It’s a great economical ground beef recipe that can be made easily with basic pantry items found in a keto kitchen.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a tamale pie recipe that does not use cornmeal. However, I made sure not to include any corn, or cornmeal when making the “cornbread” topping.

Why? Well for one, corn is a big no, no on a low carb, keto diet since it’s very high in carbs. Not to mention that it’s also one of the most GMO laden foods around and it’s not even nutrient-rich.

Fortunately, making a tamale pie both gluten-free and keto-friendly was easy. Why risk getting kicked out of ketosis when you can have a “cornbread” option that has all the flavor minus the carbs?  

When making the cornbread topping I opted for coconut flour to keep the carb macros low.

But if you prefer a cornbread topping that uses almond meal, then I recommend you use our easy cornbread recipe as the topping, it works perfectly in this tamale casserole. 

keto tamale pie served
Keto tamale pie

Low Carb Tamale Pie

It seems that I turn to the flavor profile of Tex-Mex pretty regularly anytime I am craving comfort food. This would explain why I also have a keto chicken tamale pie option.  

I’ve always been a fan of a nice piece of cornbread with chili. Unfortunately, traditional cornbread had to take a backseat once I made low carb keto a lifestyle decision.

Although I am forever grateful to the benefits this diet has afforded me, I still occasionally miss high carbs foods. You should know that 99.9 % of my low carb keto recipes came about out of a need to satisfy a high carb craving.

The good thing is that my deep desire to stay compliant with a keto lifestyle means that even when cravings strike I refuse to cave in. Instead, high carb cravings force me to keep coming up with healthy keto alternatives for us both to enjoy.

Let’s just say my struggle ends up being a blessing in disguise. I figure that if I’m having a craving for tamale pie, perhaps you are too. Or at least know someone who could use this recipe.

Wanting “cornbread” with my chili made this keto tamale pie a beautiful reality.  This is why these days rather than run from a craving, I just embrace it as an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen.

How To Make A Tamale Pie Keto

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To make this keto-friendly tamale pie a one-skillet meal, you’ll need to first make the easy chili in a cast-iron skillet and then add the cornbread batter, to the top of the chili. 

Then once the topping is added I sprinkle the surface with shredded sharp cheddar cheese just to further enhance the flavor of the skillet pie. 

I love serving the tamale pie with a dollop of sour cream, a slice of avocado and drizzle of sriracha sauce. 

keto tamale casserole
Keto Tamale Pie

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Easy Keto "Tamale" Pie

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This delicious keto tamale pie recipe combines the flavors of Tex-Mex in one skillet meal. The recipe features a quick chili recipe and a "cornbread" topping. The cornbread top layer is made with coconut flour so no cornmeal is used in this recipe. This allows for this tamale pie to be low in carbs and keto-friendly.


Chili Filling

  • 1 ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ cup of finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of ground chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of sea salt

Tamale "Cornbread" Topping

  • 4 eggs , room temperature
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or 1/2 cup of heavy cream & 1/2 cup of water)
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese , softened
  • ½ cup melted butter cooled
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar substitute
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (topping)


Chili Filling:

  1. In a large cast-iron skillet brown the ground beef along with the onions and garlic.
  2. Add the tomato sauce and combine.
  3. Next add the chili powder, cumin powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  4. Spread the chili evenly in the cast iron skillet.

Tamale "cornbread" topping

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer combine the eggs, coconut milk or (the heavy cream and water) softened cream cheese and cooled melted butter.
  3. Mix the batter until fully combined.
  4. To this mixture add the coconut flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar substitute together.
  5. Combine until batter is fully incorporated. Set aside.
  6. Pour the "cornbread" mixture over the chili and spread evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the top of the tamale pie with the shredded cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake for 35- 45 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into the "cornbread" portion of the pie and it comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
  10. Top with sour cream, Sriracha sauce, and sliced avocados if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 25.1gSaturated Fat: 15.8gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 4.8gNet Carbohydrates: 3.1gFiber: 1.7gSugar: 2.6gProtein: 25.1g

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  1. How many servings does this make?

  2. What about the cream cheese and the cheddar cheese for the topping? Do I just add those in with the milk butter and eggs?

  3. It looks like you’ve covered some of the best cuisines in one dish, Hilda – chili for the Mexican flavors, and cornbread for the Southern palate! What’s not to love?!

  4. How would you modify this recipe for almond flour instead of coconut flour?

  5. I made this last night! YUM! It really does satiate that “carb craving”. I used the “cornbread” recipe from as I had almond flour lying around. It came out perfect!

  6. Hello, I was wondering if this can be made ahead and just heated up the next day and also if it will freeze well

  7. What size cast iron skillet should I use? The Amazon link is to a 9”, but I don’t think that’s right for 10 servings. Would a 12” work? Thanks in advance.

  8. Hilda, I just made your cream cheese chocolate pound cake with the chocolate ganache topping. It was DELICIOUS, beyond my expectation. I am making the Tamale Chili next. You are Blessed with a talent and your recipes and love for God are a pleasure to read and easy to follow and keep me inspired. I feel like “I can do this”…. thank you!

    • Hi Anjie, this makes me so happy. It truly is my honor to serve you with recipes that will the keto diet possible. I pray the Lord will give you strength and wisdom you need to see the results you’re hoping for. Blessings, Hilda


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