Skillet Beef Tamales Recipe
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Skillet Beef Tamales Recipe

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I found something similar to this years ago and have recently added my own spin. Here’s the outcome: an easy, cheesy meal your family can't get enough of. We don't have to tell them it's healthy. —Deborah Williams, Peoria, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 corn tortillas (6 inches), halved and cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 5 tablespoons fat-free sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 cup meat mixture with 1 tablespoon sour : 329 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 679mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 3 lean meat 1 vegetable 1/2 fat


  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook beef and peppers over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in salsa, corn and water; bring to a boil.
  2. Stir in tortilla strips. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10-15 minutes or until tortillas are softened. Sprinkle with cheese; cook, covered, 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve with sour cream.
    Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Skillet Beef Tamales in Light & Tasty February/March 2008, p15

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Reviewed Jun. 17, 2016

"Good recipe that is so easy to prepare - a quickie! There are many similar recipes with so many more ingredients, but this one is a go to when you really don’t want to cook one night.."

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"It didn't look the most appealing but it tasted awesome and was quick and easy to make, and good for you. Its a keeper for me."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"I could not get enough of this delicious, easy dish. Will make again SOON!"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"My husband and I loved this dish! We used flour tortillas instead of corn. We like our food a bit spicier, so we plan to add green chilies next time. Very easy to make and very delicious!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"Very good. I will make this again."

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