Sweet Corn Tamale Casserole is a delightful twist on the traditional tamale, capturing the essence of Mexican cuisine while making the preparation process more accessible for home cooks. This dish combines the sweetness of corn with savory fillings, creating a comforting meal that's perfect for family dinners or gatherings. Whether you're a fan of Mexican food or looking for a new recipe to try, this casserole is sure to become a favorite.

Sweet Corn Tamale Casserole


Here's what you need to create your own Sweet Corn tamale casserole. We've also included some variations and substitutions to cater to different dietary preferences.

Main Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen sweet corn kernels
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour for a GF option)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (or plant-based milk for dairy-free)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (or coconut oil for a vegan option)
  • 2 large eggs (or flaxseed eggs for a vegan option)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or dairy-free sour cream)

Filling Options

  • 2 cups shredded chicken, beef, or pork (or black beans for a vegetarian option)
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce or salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (or dairy-free cheese)


  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sliced avocados
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Lime wedges
  • Sour cream (or dairy-free alternative)

Preparation Steps

1. Prepare the Sweet Corn Tamale Batter

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, melted butter, eggs, and sour cream until well blended.
  4. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Fold in the sweet corn kernels.

2. Layering the Casserole

  1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Spread half of the sweet corn tamale batter evenly across the bottom of the dish.
  3. Layer the shredded meat (or black beans) evenly over the batter.
  4. Pour the enchilada sauce or salsa over the filling, spreading it evenly.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the sauce.
  6. Spread the remaining tamale batter over the top, covering the filling completely.

3. Baking Instructions

  1. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the casserole is cooked through.
  3. Allow the casserole to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions

To make your Sweet Corn Tamale Casserole even more appealing, consider these garnishing tips:

  • Sprinkle fresh cilantro on top for a burst of color and flavor.
  • Serve with sliced avocados and diced tomatoes for extra freshness.
  • Add lime wedges on the side for a zesty kick.
  • A dollop of sour cream (or its dairy-free alternative) can add a creamy contrast to each bite.

Nutritional Information

If you're interested in the nutritional breakdown of this dish, here's a general overview per serving (based on 8 servings):

  • Calories: 350-400
  • Protein: 15-20g
  • Carbohydrates: 40-45g
  • Fat: 15-20g
  • Fiber: 5-6g

(Nutritional values may vary based on specific ingredients used.)


We hope you enjoy making and savoring this Sweet Corn tamale casserole as much as we do. It's a dish that's sure to bring warmth and satisfaction to your table. Don't forget to share your creations with us and your friends on social media using #SweetCornTamaleCasserole. Happy cooking!


Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need additional tips. Enjoy your meal!

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