Tamale Lentil Casserole

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

From best of baking. I love the taste of tamales. Great for the health consious!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 14 cups dried lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • Cheese Cornbread Topping

  • 12 cup shredded cheddar cheese (, 2 ounces)
  • 14 cup milk
  • 1 (8 1/2 ounce) package cornbread-muffin mix
  • 1 (8 1/2 ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 large egg


  1. Heat oil in 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook onion, bell pepper and garlic in oil, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in water, lentils, tomato sauce and seasoning mix; reduce heat to low.
  4. Partially cover and simmer 35 to 40 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  5. Heat oven to 400F.
  6. Grease 2-quart casserole with shortening.
  7. Prepare Cheese Cornbread Topping by mixing all ingredients until moistened.
  8. Spoon lentil mixture into casserole.
  9. Spread topping evenly over lentil mixture.
  10. Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes until topping is golden brown.
Most Helpful

This was delicious! When I first told my husband what we were having for supper, he was OK with it but confessed he was a little afraid of the turn out. He and I both loved it. He had seconds and then had it for breakfast. This will please meat eaters no problem. Very flavorful and satisfying. It's a keeper!

twodrinkwaters September 30, 2012

Excellent recipe!! The lentil mixture cooked up for me in about 40 minutes, I wondered if it would thicken up and it did nicely. I put it in a 11X7 glass dish, thinking the topping would cook better if it wasn't too thick. Worked out well but there was a little bit of "runover" from the sauce. Will try a different baking dish next time. A definite keeper to be added to our vegetarian collection of recipes.

DDW June 06, 2012

Yum! I already had the lentils made up for tacos, so this was super simple. I had to bake it about 20 mins. longer for some reason. Topped it with fresh salsa and sour cream. Will be making this again. Thanks for posting!

Lucky in Bayview May 27, 2011