Black Bean Tamale Bake


A version of a few of my favorite Mexican-flavored dishes combined and cooked in one skillet.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ pound ground chuck

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained

  • 1 (8 ounce) jar pasilla chile cooking sauce (such as Herdez®)

  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained


  • 2 ½ cups water

  • ½ cup cornmeal

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 ears corn, kernels cut from cob

  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet until shimmering. Add onion, green pepper, and salt. Cook and stir until soft, about 5 minutes. Add ground chuck and garlic; cook until meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Drain fat if desired. Add beans, chile cooking sauce, and tomatoes. Cook until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

  3. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add cornmeal and salt; cook until thick and creamy, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add corn, Monterey Jack cheese, and jalapeno. Stir well and spread over meat mixture.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden and filling is bubbling, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

264 Calories
12g Fat
25g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 264
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 637mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 37mg 184%
Calcium 144mg 11%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 463mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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