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This low carb tamale pie is so full of flavor and gluten free! Saucy shredded beef, melty cheese, and a low carb "cornbread" crust.
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5 from 3 votes

Keto Tamale Pie with Beef or Chicken

Keto Tamale Pie is so comforting and easy to make. Layers of saucy Mexican beef topped with cheese, and a layer of cheesey keto "cornbread"...so family friendly!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
35 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: dinner, Mexican
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: gluten free, recipe for tamale pie
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 530kcal


  • 2 Pounds chuck roast, ground beef, or Cooked Shredded Chicken
  • 1/2 cup water (omit if using ground beef or chicken)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 15 ounce Can Enchilada Sauce See notes
  • 1 4 oz Can diced green chilis
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese , divided
  • 4 eggs , beaten
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup Coconut flour (Click here to see the brand I like best on Amazon)
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  • Cut the chuck roast into large chunks and season with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper
  • place beef and water in Instant Pot and set for 35 minutes, when finished cooking, let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest. (see notes for ground beef or chicken)
  • Remove beef from instant pot and shred with 2 forks
  • preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Combine shredded beef, enchilada sauce, and green chilis in a bowl
  • pour into a 9x13 rectangle casserole dish.
  • top with 2 cups of cheese
  • To make the "cornbread" top: combine beaten eggs and chicken broth in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl combine coconut flour and baking soda
  • add the coconut flour mixture to the egg mixture
  • add remaining cup of cheese to the batter. If it seems too thick, add more chicken broth. It should be easy to spread and not dry.
  • spread over the top of the beef and cheese in casserole dish
  • bake for 35-40 minutes until bubbly
  • Serve with pico de gallo and sour cream



  • Shredded beef, ground beef or chicken: My favorite way to make this is with the shredded beef but that can be time consuming.  For time saving, use ground beef or shredded chicken.
  • Enchilada Sauce: I like to use Whole Foods 365 enchilada sauce in the 15 oz jar because its sugar free. 
  • Ground Beef or Chicken:  Use ground beef or Chicken to cut down on cooking time.  Brown the beef in a large skillet and add the seasonings.  Then continue with step 5.
  • Nutrition for 1/8th of the recipe: Includes just the casserole using shredded beef, not the toppings
  • Almond Flour: use 2 cups of almond flour in place of the coconut flour.
Nutrition with ground beef: 486 cal / 30g fat / 12g carbs / 5g fiber / 38g protein
Nutrition with chicken breast: 430 cal / 19g fat / 12g carbs / 5g fiber / 47g protein
Nutrition with shredded beef and almond flour: 634 calories / 46g fat / 9g carbs / 3g fiber / 48g protein


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 31g | Fiber: 5g