Slow-Cooked Tamale Casserole Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Tamale Casserole Recipe

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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
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Tamale Casserole in Country Extra September 2001, p51

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LKimK77 User ID: 4952226 89616
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!!"

dawnmossey71 User ID: 7735589 125428
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

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

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 88893
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."

moundbill User ID: 1142805 55859
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"This one is a keeper."

Butcher2boy User ID: 6390217 88886
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."

johnsonya User ID: 4353822 37843
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"John loved this recipe"

Bellinvoz User ID: 5979441 107038
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."

saasnelson User ID: 3746340 88882
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!"

lady091094 User ID: 1052066 80557
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

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

mommyjen29 User ID: 5418619 88879
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."

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