Pumpkin Black Bean Bake

Pumpkin puts a seasonal spin on an American classic, tamale pie. Here, it's combined with layers of rich ground beef, hearty veggies, and a down-home cornbread topper.

Pumpkin Black Bean Bake
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 cup 1/2-inch pieces peeled pumpkin or winter squash

  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn

  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chiles

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup lower-sodium beef broth

  • 1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 8.5 ounce package corn muffin mix

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • cup milk

  • cup Pumpkin Puree (see Recipe Center) or canned pumpkin

  • Jalapeño-Olive Relish (optional)

Jalapeño-Olive Relish

  • ¼ cup halved pitted green olives

  • 1 jalapeño peppers*, sliced

  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In large skillet cook ground beef, pumpkin, and onion over medium heat until meat is browned and onion tender, breaking up ground beef with spoon; drain fat. Stir in black beans, corn, chiles, and salt. Heat through. Stir in broth and cream cheese until blended. Transfer mixture to 2-1/2-quart baking dish.

  2. In medium bowl stir together corn muffin mix, egg, milk, and Pumpkin Puree until just combined. Spoon over beef mixture.

  3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into topper comes out clean. Serve with Jalapeño-Olive Relish.

Jalapeño-Olive Relish

  1. In small bowl combine green olives, jalapeño peppers*, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro.

*Hot chile peppers contain oils that can burn skin and eyes. When working with them, wear plastic or rubber gloves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

524 Calories
26g Fat
51g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 524
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 924mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Protein 25g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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