Crock-Pot Tamale Bake

Crockpot Tamale Bake

My family loves Mexican food and this casserole type dish hit the spot on any busy weeknight for dinner. There is a bit of prep work involved but you can do it all ahead of time…browning your ground beef, shredding your cheese and chopping veggies. Then in the morning you just toss it all together and set it to cook. Perfect!

Crock-Pot Tamale Bake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 45 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Crock-Pot Tamale Bake


1 Lb. lean ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
1 egg
1 1/2 cups milk
1 (15.25 oz.) can corn, drained
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (1.25 oz.) envelope taco seasoning mix
1 (2.25 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
Minced green onion, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large skillet brown and crumble your ground beef with the onion and garlic until the meat is no longer pink.
  2. Drain ground beef to remove excess fat.
  3. In a large bowl combine cornmeal, egg and milk and mix until smooth
  4. Add to the cornmeal mixture the corn, tomatoes, taco seasoning, olives and ground beef mixture and mix well.
  5. Dump mixture into the bottom of a 4 quart crock-pot.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 3 hours.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese and cover again and cook for an additional 15 minutes until cheese is melted.
  8. To serve, spoon into bowls or onto plate and garnish with chopped green onion.


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  1. Barb says

    I love tamales so I know I will be trying this recipe. I have a Wolfgang Puck Versa slowcooker. ( kind of sort of like the ninja slowcooker) so I can brown the meat right in it. Then add the other ingredients. Thanks for share your recipe.

  2. Rhonda says

    I made this last night but ran late. I didn’t get any of it till lunch today. Wow, is it good! I couldn’t wait to get home from work to have seconds! Thank you!

  3. Marcia says

    I am used to cooking Mexican food from scratch and don’t use taco seasoning. I have a molcajete ( a Mexican blender) and grind my spices, such as cumin, garlic, peppercorns .I use a paste made of Ancho chillies. The taste is terrific and it smells great cooking.

  4. Megan says

    Tamales are one of my most favorite things in the world.This recipe caught me by surprise as the cornmeal mix was super liquidy. I thought I had done something wrong! But in the end it turned out super delicious. I think the next time I make it, I will put in more olives as there seemed to be only a few per serving. Thanks for this idea!

  5. says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I just wanted to ask if there were any good sides to go with this or is the recipe itself full enough without sides?

  6. Monica M. says

    Made this today and used the 3 hours on high. Wasn’t soupy or anything perfect thickness. It was good but not what I expected. Real Tamales are way different. There wasn’t enough spice in it. A little on the sweet side because of the corn. It was good, but not what I was looking for. Thanks for the recipe though!

  7. sarah says

    Will it ruin it if cooked longer than what the recipe says? Sounds good with some sour cream and even tostitos for the kids.

    • says

      Hi Sarah, I would not cook it much longer than the recipe calls for as it may dry out. If you really must bump up the cooking time I would try adding some extra liquid. But I cannot guarantee the results on that suggestion.

    • says

      Hi Cindy,

      While I am sure you can convert this into an oven recipe this recipe was tested and developed as a Crock-Pot recipe and without really testing it myself in an oven I am unable to advise on cooking temperatures and time. However you are willing to experiment and see if you can make it work. Experimenting is part of the fun in cooking!

  8. ali says

    I made this tonight but it was very mushy. I followed the recipe to the T. What did I do wrong or is it supposed to be that way?

  9. Debbie says

    Turned out great! I mixed all together like the recipe says, then put it in a sprayed 9×13 pan and baked about 30 minutes at 350. Might have to go s little longer, was cooking other things at the same time.


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