Vegetarian Tamale Casserole Recipe

This Vegetarian Tamale Casserole is a very hearty and substantial casserole that will appeal to all vegetarians and non-vegetarians, as it is tasty, satisfying, and filling.  It is one of those dishes you can make to warm you on a cool evening.  It also has just the right amount of kick to give you that southwestern flavor.  The cornbread crust is savory and crisp.  It reminds you of eating a fresh tamale without all the work involved in making them individually.

Vegetarian Tamale Casserole is a delicious recipe shared with me by Sherry Wells of Powell Butte, Oregon.


Vegetarian Tamale Casserole


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Vegetarian Tamale Casserole Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southwest
Keyword: Vegetarian Tamale Casserole Recipe
Servings: 4 generous servings or 8 small servings.
Vegetarian Tamale Filling:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (7-ounce) can of green chiles, diced
  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu, drained, pressed, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can of tomatoes, diced and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro leaves, minced
Cornmeal Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups of cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or regular milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Vegetarian Tamale Casserole Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly oil or spray, with non-stick vegetable spray, a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil.  Add the onion, garlic, green chiles, tofu, chili powder, cumin, oregano, pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tofu is lightly browned.

  3. Add tomatoes, bring just to a boil, and then reduce heat to low.  Add kidney beans, corn, and cilantro; simmer 5 additional minutes.  Remove from heat an pour mixture into the prepared casserole dish; set aside.

  4. Prepare the Cornmeal Crust (see recipe below).  Spread the cornmeal mixture over the top of the casserole.

  5. Bake 45 minutes or or until top begins to turn golden around the edges.

  6. Makes 4 generous servings or 8 small servings.

Cornmeal Crust Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal and baking powder.  Add the butter, milk, water, and egg; stir until combined.  Stir in the grated cheese.

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