Beef-Tamale Casserole

Beef-Tamale Casserole

7 reviews, 4.9 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes

All the flavor of a tamale in an easy to put together casserole.


1 16-oz package ground beef
1 tablespoon oil
1 large Onion; chopped
1 jalapeno pepper; seeds and stem removed, chopped
2 cloves Garlic; chopped
1 15-oz can corn; drained, whole kernel, (up to 16 ounces)
2 cups tomatoes; peeled and chopped
0.5 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cups Cheddar cheese; shredded
0.75 cup cornmeal
0.25 cup all purpose flour
0.5 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon double acting baking powder
1 tablespoon parsley; fresh chopped
1 egg
0.5 cup milk
2 tablespoons oil
1 chilpotle pepper; chopped
2 teaspoons adobo sauce

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



Using a large skillet, brown the ground beef and crumble as it cooks. Set aside. Using the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and cook the onion and jalapeno pepper until soft and lightly brown, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, cook and stir for an additional 2 minutes.

Return the cooked ground beef to the skillet with the onion and pepper. Add corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin. Stir and continue cooking until mixture comes to a boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 7-8 minutes.

Pour this mixture into an oven safe casserole dish. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the mixture and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while making the topping.

In a bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and chopped parsley.

In a smaller bowl, mix egg, milk, oil, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce.

Add the egg mixture to the cornmeal mixture and stir just enough to moisten and mix everything.

Pour the cornbread topping over the meat and cheese in the casserole and bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Serve hot.

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Beef Tamale Casserole

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Chilpotle peppers in adobo sauce

Beef-Tamale Casserole

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This recipe had tons of flavor! My husband says it's a keeper. Only wanted to point out that the size of casserole dish to use is not listed. I used a 13x9 pan.
Shan66 3y ago

This was simple and delicious, thanks for posting.
L48Shark 3y ago

Not quite like a tamale to me but it was really good nonetheless. Will be a regular in our house!
kimberlyannaldana 4y ago

This recipe was yummy!!!!!
Precioussmiles 4y ago

I haven't made this yet but boy does this look fabulous! I can't wait to try it. Irene
sherlocki 6y ago

This is a delicious casserole which is easy to put together yet has the complex flavor of tamales. [I posted this recipe.]
weckle 6y ago

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