Easy Tamale Bake

Love the taste of tamales? This Easy Tamale Bake recipe lets you serve up that deliciousness in casserole form! With just 20 minutes of prep, you can throw together a flavorful Mexican-inspired dish that's sure to be a hit with family and friends. Finish off your easy tamale casserole with crisp, colorful toppings like fresh cilantro and green onions for a perfect presentation.
Prep 20 Minutes
Total Time 1 Hours
Servings 9

Ingredient List

  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 packet (1 oz) Old El Paso™ Original Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 cup thick & chunky salsa
  • 1 can (4 oz) Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1/2 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 can (15 oz) Progresso™ black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
  • 1 pouch (6.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ Cornbread & Muffin Mix
  • Milk, butter and egg called for on cornbread & muffin mix pouch
  • Make it FRESH toppings, as desired (see below)
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish or pan with cooking spray.
  2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Sprinkle with taco seasoning mix; stir. Stir in salsa, chiles, corn, beans and 1 cup of the cheese.
  3. Meanwhile, make cornbread & muffin mix batter as directed on pouch. Stir in remaining cheese. Pour beef mixture into baking dish; spread batter on top.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until cornbread topping is golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Cut into 3 rows by 3 rows; serve with Make it FRESH toppings.

Expert Tips

  • Ideas for Make it FRESH toppings: diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro leaves, green onions, diced avocado
  • Serve your tamale casserole with refried beans and a salad for a complete meal.


  • 1 Serving Calories 350 (Calories from Fat 150);  Total Fat 16g (Saturated Fat 8g ,Trans Fat 1/2g);  Cholesterol 80mg;  Sodium 960mg;  Potassium 310mg;  Total Carbohydrate 33g (Dietary Fiber 4g ,Sugars 1g);  Protein 19g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 15%;  Vitamin C 4%;  Calcium 15%;  Iron 15%
  • Exchanges: 1/2 Starch;  1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;  2 Lean Meat;  1/2 High-Fat Meat;  1 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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