Tamale Casserole with Jiffy

Tamale Casserole with Jiffy cornbread mix is a tasty twist on the classic Mexican dish. A layer of Jiffy cornbread that’s been kicked up with some extra ingredients is topped with an enchilada ground beef mixture and cheese, then baked to cheesy perfection.

slice of tamale casserole on a stack of three plates

This is one of the best weeknight dinners you can make!  This is a crowd pleaser, family friendly and even your pickiest eater will love this! 

You start with an incredibly moist cornbread layer that is made with creamed corn and sour cream.  Next savory ground beef mixed with taco seasoning and enchilada sauce tops the baked cornbread layer. 

Finally a thick layer of melty cheese finishes this dish off.  Everyone tops it with their favorite taco toppings.  This comes together so quickly and is a great twist to the same old taco night.

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy Mexican food, then this casserole is for you. It’s super easy to make and loaded with delicious tamale flavor. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked!

slice of tamale casserole on a metal spatula held in the air

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It uses a limited amount of simple ingredients.
  • It’s an easy, straight-forward recipe even beginners can make.
  • It’s a fun twist on classic tamale flavors.


green onions, creamed corn, ground beef, jiffy mix, taco seasoning, tomato, egg, sour cream and cheese on a marble backdrop

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe, and they’re all easily found at your local grocery store. Be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact quantities.

  • Jiffy cornbread mix
  • Egg
  • Sour cream
  • Creamed corn
  • Lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • Taco seasoning
  • Red enchilada sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Your favorite toppings like sour cream, tomatoes, green onions, and the like.

🔪 How to Make Tamale Casserole with Jiffy

Making this delicious recipe is incredibly easy. All it takes is a few minutes and a few simple steps. There’s nothing to it!

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish.

creamed corn, egg, and sour cream in a glass mixing bowl

Step 2: Make the cornbread base

Combine the cornbread mix, egg, sour cream, and creamed corn in a medium bowl.

Step 3: Bake

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until lightly golden and baked through.

Step 4: Make the Enchilada Mixture

Combine the cooked and drained hamburger, taco seasoning, and enchilada sauce in a medium bowl.

cheese sprinkles on top of a casserole in a glass baking dish

Step 5: Top the Cornbread

Poke the cornbread layer all over with a fork. Then, pour the enchilada mixture over the top and spread it into an even layer. Finally, top with shredded cheese.

baked tamale casserole in a glass baking dish

Step 6: Bake

Bake for another 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Spicy – Add diced jalapenos for a kick of extra flavor and heat.
  • Ground Beef – You can use ground turkey if you like.
  • Cheese – Use your favorite variety of cheese. Taco and Mexican blend both work well.
  • Beans – Add beans to the beef mixture if you like.

If you think this tamale casserole with Jiffy looks good, then you’ll love our easy taco pie.

piece of tamale casserole on a fork held in the air above a table covered with a red and white check tablecloth

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • 8×8 baking dish

🥫 Storage

Store this casserole for up to 3 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • Don’t overcook your ground beef. Overcooked ground beef is dry, rubbery, and flavorless.
  • Be sure to poke your cornbread layer all over with a fork so the juice of the tamale layer can permeate it while it bakes.
  • Great topping ideas for this tamale casserole include guacamole, sour cream, salsa, olives, cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes, and taco sauce.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are tamales?

Traditional tamales are a dish made with a meat filling surrounded by a cornmeal dough and baked in a corn husk.

What is a casserole?

A casserole is defined as any layered food made in a baking or casserole dish. Even things like lasagna are technically casseroles.

Are tamale sauce and enchilada sauce the same?

Tamale and enchilada sauces are almost identical. They only have very small variations, and they can and are used interchangeably.

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Tamale Casserole with Jiffy Mix

This tamale casserole with Jiffy mix combines classic tamale flavor with a Jiffy cornbread base for a tasty twist on a classic.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 825kcal


  • mixing bowls
  • 8×8 baking dish


  • 8.5 ounces Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 14.75 ounces creamed corn
  • 1 pound lean ground beef browned and drained
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 10 ounces red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • Toppings like sour cream tomatoes, green onions


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl stir together the cornbread mix, egg, sour cream and creamed corn.
  • Once combined pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until lightly golden and baked through.
  • In a medium bowl mix together your cooked brown and drained ground beef, taco seasoning and enchilada sauce.
  • Poke the cornbread layer with a fork all over.
  • Pour the hamburger mix all over the cornbread layer.
  • Top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake another 15 minutes until all the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Top with all your favorite toppings and serve!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 825kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 2545mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 2236IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 395mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Easy recipe! Excellent delicious!