Tamale Casserole

Looking for an easy to make casserole that reheats well?  This tasty casserole filled with ground beef, cheese, and canned tomatoes is easy to make, and tastes great.  This recipe is by Virginia McDowell. Jefferson City. Mo. 1955.

Tamale Casserole

Tamale Casserole

beef tamale casserole in a baking dish and a serving on a plate.

Tamale Casserole

This tamale casserole with ground beef is a great weeknight meal. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Casserole Recipes, Ground Beef
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 220kcal


  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder


  • Put in a saucepan cornmeal, salt, and water. Add gradually Pet milk. Boil and stir until mixture thickens. Cover and let cool. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a shallow 9 X 13-inch baking pan. 
  • Brown meat and onion cook until almost done. Drain off excess fat, and add tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste and chili powder. Stir and cook until done. Spread 1/2 cornmeal in dish then add meat mixture. Top with remaining cornmeal. Bake until the top is light brown for about 35 minutes.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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