• Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 50 mins
  • Serves: 8

Beef Tamale Casserole

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 Ingredients List

  • For Cornbread
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 14.75 oz cream style corn (1 can)
  • 4.5 oz diced green chiles (1 can)
  • For Beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For Casserole
  • 10 oz enchilada sauce (1 can)
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded (cheddar cheese or any blend of Mexican cheese works as well)
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • avocado optional
  • jalapeno pepper sliced, optional


Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees.
Add the cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder to a medium size bowl and whisk together. Add the egg, butter, and buttermilk and whisk well. Stir in the creamed corn and the green chiles.
Pour the cornbread mixture into a large skillet or a 9x9 inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden and the cornbread is done. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cornbread, if it comes out clean, it's done.
While the cornbread is cooking, prepare the beef. In another large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, chipotle powder, chili powder, salt, pepper and stir. Cook until the onion has softened, another 3 to 5 minutes.
Add half of the enchilada sauce to the meat mixture and stir. Set aside.
When the cornbread is done, poke holes into it with a fork, or I used the end of a wooden spoon. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the cornbread and spread.
Top with the ground beef and the shredded cheese.
Bake the casserole for another 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and has started to lightly brown on top.
Let cool for about 5 minutes, then top the casserole with cilantro and your favorite toppings.

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