Thursday, November 7, 2019

Beef Tamale Casserole

We are in the grips of an arctic blast. Waking up to 7 degrees this early in November seems way too early and just not right.  A warm up in the kitchen was needed so I set out to create a 
with a Beef Tamale Casserole.
A comfort food casserole that's a a real winner in my book.  Besides being kid friendly, layers of spiced beef, enchilada and tomato sauce, cheesy goodness topped with sweet cornbread is an irresistible dish. I skipped making cornbread from scratch and went for easy using a box mix. I substituted buttermilk for the milk. If you are a family of cheese lovers reserve some of the cheese and sprinkle over the cornbread before baking. Suggested cornbreads in my order of preference Famous Daves Cornbread, Krusteaz Honey Cornbread, 2 boxes of Jiffy Cornbread.
You can vary the "hotness" of this recipe by increasing the spices or using hot enchilada sauce over mild.

  • 1 box cornbread mix
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup each diced onions and mini sweet red and yellow peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. each chili powder, cumin, taco seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (10 oz.) enchilada sauce mild
  • 1 can (10 oz.) Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 cup frozen corn (no need to thaw) 
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican Cheese (pre-packaged) 
  • Brown ground beef with onions, peppers, garlic and spices.
  • Drain and return mixture back to pan. Make sure beef is crumbled and add in enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, corn, beans and cheese.
  • Pour into greased casserole dish.
  • Make cornbread according to manufacturer's directions. Place large spoonfuls of cornbread over beef mixture covering as much of baking pan as possible. It will spread during baking time.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Additional cheese can be sprinkled over the cornbread the last 5 minutes of baking time. 


  1. This looks like a great comfort food for the weather we've been experiencing.

  2. Looks great! Can’t wait to try it.

  3. I love winter, but that sounds cold!! Your casserole on the other hand looks and sounds awesome! Thanks for joining the What's for Dinner party. I look forward to what delicious treats you'll bring this week - Have a great day!


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