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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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Jun. 30, 2015

"Versatile dish you can adjust to taste. I added some diced tomato and fresh cilantro to the top of this."

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Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"So easy to make and my husband and I both loved it."

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Reviewed Apr. 30, 2015

"A little food trivia...this dish is actually called chilaquiles, not tamales.

Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish. Typically, corn tortillas cut in quarters and lightly fried are the basis of the dish. Green or red salsa or mole is poured over the crisp tortilla triangles, called totopos. The mixture is simmered until the tortilla starts softening. Pulled chicken is sometimes added to the mix. It is commonly garnished with cream crema, shredded queso fresco, raw onion rings and avocado slices.
The tamale is a Mesoamerican dish made of masa (a starchy dough, usually corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. The wrapping is discarded before eating. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned.
I make something similar to this recipe and it is delicious and a great way to use up older cracked or torn corn tortillas."

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Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"I liked this very much. I used a smoky flavored salsa and onions and a bit of garlic for my personal taste but the basic was very good and easy to build on or flavor for your own taste!"

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Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"Absolute favorite recipe... so easy and delish and it keeps really well! Love love LOVE"

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