Chicken Tamale Bake

I love tamales!  But from what I hear, they are pretty labor intensive to make.  This delicious casserole combines all the wonderful flavors of tamales without all the work.  It’s no substitute for the real thing, of course, but it’s pretty satisfying in it’s own right.

I often use a rotisserie chicken in this recipe, but leftover chicken would be great too.  Shredded pork, or even ground beef would be tasty too.  This was so easy to put together and the whole family loved it.  My husband, who doesn’t even like tamales, came back for seconds.

tamale casserole

Chicken Tamale Bake
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Serves: 8-10 servings
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (14.75 oz.) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8.5 oz.) box corn muffin mix
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 (10 oz.) can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 pound cooked, shredded chicken
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine the cheeses in a small bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together 1/4 cup of the combined cheese, the milk, egg, cumin, red pepper, corn, muffin mix, and green chiles.
  5. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes or until just set.
  6. Remove the cornbread from the oven and pierce all over with a fork.
  7. Pour the enchilada sauce over the corn bread. Top with the chicken and remaining cheese.
  8. Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.
Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Buns in my Oven.


  1. yummy this looks great I also love tamales but dont dare make the real thing. I will try this out for sure.

  2. This looks really yummy. It’s a nice change from the standard chicken enchilada dinner.

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  4. YUM! You never cease to amaze me! I pinned this and will be trying it tomorrow. Have a blessed week!!

  5. yes, tamales are very time-consuming to make. As a result, we only have them once a month (Christmas Eve). But this looks to have all the flavors without all the effort!

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