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Skillet Beef Tamales Recipe

Skillet Beef Tamales Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Skillet Beef Tamales

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leeart User ID: 2566328 249523
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.."

mandyleigh86 User ID: 7598689 245383
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."

rac20585 User ID: 3289531 242762
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

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

Jenna092 User ID: 7825623 239736
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!"

brendahanna User ID: 8660243 239499
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015 Edited Sep. 2, 2016

"I have made this twice now. Quick and easy."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 228760
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2015

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

fritz80 User ID: 6178619 226807
Reviewed May. 23, 2015

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

basketcaz User ID: 3036156 225657
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."

sdcowgirl User ID: 5923191 222450
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!"

SadieKane User ID: 7884045 102354
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

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

DuckyD User ID: 6546820 209586
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Humdrum. Nothing memorable about this recipe."

LenoraBR User ID: 7329788 140245
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"To me nothing needed to be tweaked, my little family loves this recipe."

londonham User ID: 1200552 85013
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2009

"Since I love veggies, I threw in another 1/2 c. of onions. I added about 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning mix and another 2 T. water to give it a little more kick. I also substituted lean ground turkey for the beef and it was still just as delicious!"

altonfood User ID: 2740284 171509
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2008

"I added a 1/2 t of salt along with 1/4 t of cumin and fresh celantro as a garnish"

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