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One Skillet Tamale Bake

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One Skillet Tamale Bake, a hearty vegetarian side dish that can be served as a complete meal or a side dish.  Cooked in One Skillet from start to finish, it’s ease of preparation makes this a good option for a busy weeknight meal and the leftovers reheat really well.

We really enjoy Tex Mex meals and  dishes like Taco’s, Burrito’s,  Tex Mex Bowls, show up weekly on our table.  Before inventing this side dish recipe, I often wondered how to round out the meal without too much additional work.  Fiesta Rice was my normal go to choice, however I wanted something different and  this One Skillet Tamale Bake is the solution.


Tamale Bake in a Cast Iron Skillet
One Skillet Tamale Bake

You can serve this with any of the traditional Taco topping options, grated cheese, chopped onions, diced tomato, pickled or fresh Jalapenos, the sky is the limit.  I do high recommend taking an extra FIVE minutes while the One S

killet Tamale Bake is cooking to make my  Garlic Lime Crema, it elevates your basic sour cream to OMG status and it’s so easy.

If you don’t have a Cast Iron Skillet, you can transfer the filling to a 9X13 Pyrex dish first and bake however,  I highly recommend having at least ONE Cast Iron Skillet as part of your basic Kitchen equipment.   They can cook anything from a beautifully seared steak, crispy bacon, cornbread, cakes, frittata’s, they are really very versatile and I use mine often.

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One Skillet Tamale Bake

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Tex Mex
Servings 12 cups


  • 1 tablespoon oil for frying
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup salsa mild or medium
  • 1 large can  28 oz diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 cup canned black beans rinsed
  • 1/4 red lentils optional
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup 180 grams cornmeal
  • 1 cup 140 grams flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F
  • In a large Cast Iron skillet, over medium heat, add the oil and onion, saute until softened about 2-3 minutes, add the garlic and fry until fragrant.  Stir in the bell peppers and saute about 2 minutes until slightly softened.
  • Add the chili powder and cumin, and stir.  Add the salsa, diced tomatoes,beans, lentils and corn and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes while you prepare the cornbread batter.
  • In a bowl mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add the oil and milk and mix.  It should be the consistency of pancake batter.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the corn/black bean mixture, then pour the cornbread mixture over top to cover.
  • Place skillet in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes  or until the top is golden brown.


If you don't want to make the cornbread mixture from scratch, you can easily use any cornbread mix.  Follow the directions on the package, but increase the milk to 1 cup so as to make a thinner batter that will pour easily.
If you want to make this a complete meal in a skillet, you can add ground beef or turkey,  spicy Italian Sausage, or Chorizo.   It's very flexible.


Serving: 6g
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By on October 21st, 2018
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