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Skillet Beef Tamales

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


  • 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


  • In a large 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • gremaux
    Sep 12, 2020

    No comment left

  • Nate
    Aug 2, 2020

    This one's pretty good if you know how to own it. First and foremost, the salsa you choose makes or breaks this dish. I recommend something thick, smokey, and flavorful. Not the watery store brand garbage with chunks of tomato. I also recommend ground turkey instead of beef: the flavor works better and you'll save on calories. Lastly, add some salt and serve with Tapatio hot sauce.

  • modestcook
    Jul 18, 2020

    It was just ok. I made it as written. It was bland to my taste, needs more flavor. If I make it again I'll add some chili powder and maybe a little salt.

  • Roberta
    Jun 10, 2020

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  • Stina4
    Jun 5, 2020

    I made this for dinner tonight and my family loved it! I used a can of green chilis, a can of white corn, a jar of mild salsa and cumin. It comes together fast! It was wonderful and I look forward to making it again.

  • Spotted-Doe
    Apr 2, 2020

    Didn't like this. I got a good smoky salsa to help dress up the flavor but just couldn't get over how it all turned to mush. Very unappetizing.

  • leslie
    Jul 25, 2019

    Thank you basketcaz for the information. I was looking for a simplified "tamale" recipe when I clicked on this one, especially since it did not look like anything resembling one, only to be disappointed. Thank you for calling them out on this one! Now, do you have a simplified recipe for tamales, a faux tamale, PLEAzzzze?

  • Allison
    Apr 1, 2019

    This is great. Really quick and easy and delicious as well. We've made it using corn or flour tortillas. Both are great, though we do like the flour tortillas a little more. Wheat flour tortillas are great as well.

  • Adam
    Dec 3, 2018

    This is basically a cut up burrito. It's overall very mushy, and does not resemble a tamale at all. Directions are also poorly written.

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Sep 27, 2018

    Great Recipe. It was very easy and really yummy.