Quick Tamale Casserole Recipe

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The filling ingredients in this casserole will satisfy hearty appetites. You can garnish individual servings with sliced ripe olives and serve with tortilla chips.—Cecily Gates, Santa Ana, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili with beans
  • 1 jar (13-1/2 ounces) tamales
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 4 slices process American cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 592 calories, 31g fat (13g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 1556mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 38g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Spoon into a greased 9-in. square baking dish; top with chili.
  2. Remove papers from tamales; cut each into six slices. Arrange over chili. Sprinkle with corn and top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
To give Quick Tamale Casserole more of a taco taste, add an envelope of taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water to the ground beef after browning and draining.
Originally published as Quick Tamale Casserole in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p223

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paul3303 User ID: 1713232 29157
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"I have never found tamales in a jar, however I have found them in a can. I added a can of diced green chili's. For a quick meal this is very tasty."

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