Best Lazy Tamales

Best Lazy Tamales

In my mom’s hometown, there is a food stand called The Tamale King.  The owner, Ray, makes the BEST tamales in the United States.

Ray's Tamale King

I am not even going to pretend that my skillet tamales compare to Ray’s real tamales.  These are the lazy version; you don’t have to…

  • Shred the meat
  • Make masa
  •  Soak corn husks
  • Assemble individuals tamales


You just need a skillet and about 30 minutes to cook this delicious dinner.



  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 bell pepper (any color will work; I used yellow)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 4 oz. shredded cheese


  • Chop the pepper.  Cook the pepper and the meat in a skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain.
  • Return meat to skillet with cumin, chili powder, salsa, water, and corn.  Bring to a boil.
  • Cut tortillas in half and then into 1-inch strips.  Add the tortillas strips to the skillet.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Top with cheese before serving.


P.S. I am linking up with Angie for Fiesta Friday.

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