Beef and Potato Tamale Casserole

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Yields: 4 servings

Corn tortillas add great flavor and texture to this convenient Mexican-style beef and potato tamale casserole that is easily made in the microwave.

To make recipe gluten-free, check the label and skip or substitute recipe ingredients marked with a (*).


  • 2 medium russet, white or yellow-flesh potatoes or 3-4 small red potatoes
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 packet (1 1/4 ounces) taco seasoning*
  • 4 yellow corn tortillas, cut in half
  • 3/4 pound 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese*


1) Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Slice across into 1/4-inch-thick half moons.

2) In mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, water and taco seasoning, reserving 2 teaspoons taco seasoning.

3) Spread 2 tablespoons tomato mixture in bottom of a 1-quart microwave-safe dish. Cover with 4 tortilla halves.

4) Crumble beef over tortillas and sprinkle with reserved taco seasoning. Sprinkle half the cheese over beef. Add half the remaining tomato mixture.

5) Spread potatoes on top in a single layer. Cover with remaining tortillas. Spread remaining tomato mixture on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover tightly with lid.

6) Microwave on high for 20 minutes (cooking time may vary depending on your microwave) or until potatoes and beef are done. Let sit for two minutes. Use oven mitts or tongs to remove from microwave. Remove lid carefully to prevent burns from steam.

Adapted from Potato Goodness Unearthed

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