Tamale Lentil Casserole

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by TishT

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

Top Review by twodrinkwaters

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!

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.

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