Tamale Casserole!


Growing up, my favorite kind of food was Mexican! When it came to dinner times, I barely ate… unless tacos were on the menu! I could seriously eat 10 (really small ones) at a time! Besides tacos, one of my favorite mexican foods was tamales. Not only are tamales very labor intensive to make, but they are also made with large amounts of either vegetable shortening or lard. Yum…. Gross!

So here I have for you a quick casserole that tastes like tamales, but without the added grease oil and time investment. It honestly tastes just like how I remember tamales tasting… Amazing!

I served the casserole with an avocado crema sauce. Guacamole,Β cashew cream or other vegan sour cream would be good. Feel free to use whatever creamy sauce you like, or if you want to keep it lower fat, serve without; I promise it is delicious! πŸ˜‰

Tamale Casserole:

For the Filling:

  • 2 cans of pinto beans
  • Β½ onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 T Mexican chili powder/spice blend (or to taste)
  • 2 c chopped sweet potato
  • 2 c chopped zucchini
  • 2 c other vegetable (I used spinach)
  • 2 c chopped tomatoes


  • 1 Β½ c masa harina
  • 1 T baking powder
  • Β½ c corn
  • ΒΌ c nutritional yeast
  • 1 3/4 c almond milk or other non-dairy milk
Saute the onion in a little bit of water for about five minutes. Next add the sweet potato and garlic and cook for another five minutes with a lid on, adding enough water so they do not burn. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the vegetables are tender.
While the vegetables are cooking, in a bowl mix the masa harina, nutritional yeast, corn and baking powder. Next, stir in the almond milk, adding just enough milk to form a thick batter (like cake batter).
When the bean/vegetable mixture is done, poor it into a 9×9 baking dish. Spoon the corn batter on top and smooth it out.Β Bake for 45 min at 350. Enjoy!


  1. Looks amazing! I love the flavours- I could totally see this making it’s way onto my table on a chilly evening πŸ™‚

  2. Oooo this looks amazing, I love anything bean-y/casserole-y but the topping looks like a great thing to try out too as I am thinking of investing in some nutritional yeast very soon.

    I can’t believe I’ve only just stumbled across your blog – very excited to read more!

  3. mexican is/was my favorite too! This looks amazing!

  4. This looks great! I am a huge fan of Mexican food – in fact I have to force myself to not make it three or four times a week. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  5. Wow-that looks/sounds incredible!!! I need myself some sweet potaters…

  6. Yum! That’s what’s for dinner today – can’t wait πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing it at the last Potluck Party.


  7. Looks like a ton of veggies in that awesome looking tamale pie. Mmmmmm!

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