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Slow Cooked Tamale Casserole


My crock pot challenge for the year is really helping me experiment with new crock pot recipes and ideas. I had kind of gotten into a crock pot rut and we were eating the same old things. So, my family is really enjoying me branching out and trying new things with this new crock pot series.

Today’s recipes in one of the new recipes we are loving. I made this for the first time in early January and I have already made it a few more times. I think slow cooked tamale casserole is going to save dinner often for me.

It is becoming one of my new favorite crock pot recipes because it is really easy to put together and only cooks for a few hours, so it makes a great I forgot to defrost the meat or start dinner first thing meal. Or am I the only one that does that……

This may not be the prettiest dinner you have ever served, but I think your family will love it.

I like to serve it with chips and salad. And my husband, well he dumps a whole lot of salsa on top of his because he likes it spicy, but he does that with most Mexican type meals, so I am used to it.


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  1. What size crockpot are you using for this recipe and how many servings does it make? Thanks, it looks great!

  2. This looks great! Can’t wait to try it! Hmmm… I have a potluck at work on Wednesday. I might have to put this together to cook at work until lunch. YUM! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. This is going in the crock pot tonight. Thanks so much for the ground beef recipes. I always buy on sale and look for new recipes to keep it interesting. This is a great one.

  4. Brandette W. says

    I love my crockpot, but I was wondering if this could be baked in the oven instead? Do you know at what temp and for how long?

    • I think it would bake fine. I would say 350 degrees and I am thinking 45 minutes or so, but I would check it at 30 to see how quickly it is getting done. Now you have me thinking I should give it a try that way. Then it really would be a last minute meal. I love that idea.

      • Brandette W. says

        I know right? I just thought this sounded delicious but using my 6 qt crockpot to cook for just my husband and I (our toddler won’t eat it) seemed like overkill. So, I thought maybe just making it into a casserole would be easy and fast for me. I would use 1/2 lb ground beef as I do in all my recipes and then use the rest of the ingredients baking in an 8×8 dish. I will have to give it a try and then let you know. Let us know if you try it as well.

        Also, thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I felt funny sending it over to you since the post was specifically for a crockpot series, I didn’t want to offend you. I just thought it might work. I also wanted to send this thank you because many bloggers never take the time to correspond and I love that about you! I have been a faithful reader for a long time now and I always enjoy “talking with you”. So thank you.

        • You are welcome. I hope you enjoy it. And I try to answer as many questions as I can when it comes to things like this because I want you all to enjoy the recipes, so it is fine to ask.

  5. I wanted to try this recipe and just wanted to check with the taco seasoning are just referring to the dry parts or all of it including the tomato sauce?

    Thanks! I look forward to making this one!

  6. Would love to try this, but have to eat DF also. Could you substitute water in place of the milk or do you think almond milk would work? Just thought I would ask. Thanks so much for all of your terrific recipes!

    • The milk helps make it creamier and gives it a little more flavor, but I think it would work with either water or almond or other milk substitute.

  7. @Colleen – I too have to do DF and have found using coconut milk in most recipes is working great for me.

  8. Oh wow! Can’t wait to try this and to check out your “Crockpot Series”! I absolutely need to shake up my routine crockpot recipes. B-o-r-i-n-g!! This looks so yummy, and so different. I’d love to hear from any readers who have a good way to make up for the egg the recipe calls for. We have an egg allergy in the family. Maybe I will experiment. I will post back when I try!

  9. Novice cook, I would like to know what size slow cooker you use. Seems everyone always leaves this

    • I like to use a 4 or 5 quart one for this. I think it cooks best in that size. Really though it would work in pretty much any crock pot you might just have to adjust the time. I hope that helps and that you enjoy it.

  10. yumm! I made this for dinner tonight, very good! I dressed mine up a bit….I used coconut milk (I wanted it dairy free), substituted ground turkey and I added onions, celery, pinto beans, garlic and mushrooms. love it!

  11. This looks like a good one! We’ll probably try it this week.

    Not really a fan of olives, though, but I am thinking of replacing those with a 4 oz can of diced green chills – what do you think?

    Love your recipes, Lynn – probably 50-75% of what we eat comes from your site! Just right for our tastes and budget. Thank you! 🙂

    • Thanks, I am glad you enjoy my site and recipes. You could easily leave out the olives on this and I think green chilis would be a great addition to eat. I hope you enjoy it!

  12. sandra lange says

    this is probably a stupid question question, but can u use Jiffy instead of cornmeanl for the tamale pie recipe Would like to try this recipe

    • Mom of six says

      No such thing as a stupid question! Personally I would think the Jiffy would work. It will add a little rising power, but I can’t think it would be a problem. Try it!

  13. I love this also but for those who love spicy try Rotel tomatoes/green chilies with cilantro instead of plain diced tomatoes!


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