Tamale pie is typically a two step process. First the chili is prepared on the stove top, then the cornbread topping is added and the mixture is baked in the oven. This recipe using Slow Cookers Chili Seasoning makes it easy by using a slow cooker.
Cook ground beef in large skillet on medium-high heat until no longer pink; drain. Place in slow cooker. Add Seasoning Mix, tomatoes, beans, chiles and water; mix well. Cover.
Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH.
For the Cornbread Topping, if using low setting, increase to HIGH. Prepare corn muffin batter as directed on package. Drop batter by spoonfuls on top of simmering chili. Cover. Cook 30 minutes longer or until toothpick inserted into center of cornbread topping comes out clean. Sprinkle with cheese.
Allow topping to cook the entire 30 minutes before inserting toothpick. Spoon any leftover batter into greased muffin tins. Bake as directed on package. For best results, do not remove cover during cooking.