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Slow-Cooked Tamale Casserole Recipe

Slow-Cooked Tamale Casserole Recipe

I've been making this recipe for years because my family really likes it. It's great for busy days because you make it earlier in the day and let it cook.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In a large bowl, combine the egg, milk and cornmeal until smooth. Add corn, tomatoes, olives, chili seasoning, seasoned salt and beef.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours and 45 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and cook 15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 386 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 1255mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein

Reviews for Slow-Cooked Tamale Casserole

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Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"Great recipe, easy to make, I added a 4 oz. can of green chilies, a piece of jalapeno diced, taco seasoning, ancho seasoning, annato seasoning, garlic and onion powder, kosher salt, paprika and cayenne pepper instead of chili seasoning and season salt. Loved it !! Making it again tonight with pinto beans. Awesome with a white Mexican crumble cheese!!"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"Instead of season salt I used red pepper flakes, that spiced it up real nice"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"This was very simple to put together which makes it great when you don't have a lot of time but to me I felt like it was missing something in flavor. Maybe it needed to be spicy since my family loves spicy dishes or maybe more cheesy. This is something I would try again but next time I'll be adding something to the dish."

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"This one is a keeper."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"Lacked flavor compared to the recipe I've been holding on for years that I got off a corn meal box. I would, although make my usual recipe in the crock pot next time."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"John loved this recipe"

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"I and my family love this, I added a medium onion,1/2 green & red pepper cut into the beef & cooked together, black beans & 1 jalepeno & 1 chili pepper for a little spice. And yes mine to burned some on the side but that is the best part with a little crunch added withot the burnt taste."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"I have made this several times and my family LOVES it. I have tried it with chicken as well as beef - we love both. Also, we substitute black beans in place of the olives. :) YUMMY!"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"Very bland and mushy. My family did not like."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"On a special diet and can't use milk so I used half and half. It did burn on the sides. Did anyone have this problem? If so what did you do? I think my slow cooker cooks fast also."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"This is the second time that I've made this dish. To spice it up some, I used an envelope of taco seasoning instead of the chili seasoning."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"My family loved this recipe. I used skim milk, 2% cheese and extra lean ground beef. This dinner is good for a busy night."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"I would use more seasoning than the recipe calls for,and seasoned chopped tomatoes"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"This cooks up with the consistency of a dense Mexican cornbread. Very easy - next time I'll halve the corn and add beans and jalepenos. I'll definitely be making this one again!"

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2009

"This is, hands down, my wife's favorite recipe for things I cook. Every time I cook it she just raves about it! I spice it up a little by adding Tobasco sauce."

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2009

"This is a very good recipe that is quick and easy to prepare and everyone loved it."

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