Chicken Tamale Casserole Recipe

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Chicken Tamale Casserole

In the mood for something a little different tonight?  How about Mexican food!?  This Chicken Tamale Casserole is super easy to put together, and tastes just like warm, delicious chicken tamales!  Throw in some extra hot sauce or jalapeños to really give them a kick, or trade out the chicken for carnitas or shredded pork instead.  Any way you make these, it’s a cheap, quick and yummy meal the entire family will enjoy.


1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (divided)
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 can cream-style corn (14 3/4 oz)
1 box corn muffin mix (like Jiffy or Martha White)
1 can chopped green chilis (4 ounce, drained)
1 can red enchilada sauce (10 ounce)
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1/2 cup sour cream

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Preheat oven to 400.  Cook and shred chicken, set aside.  Combine 1/4 cup cheese, milk, egg, cumin, pepper, corn, muffin mix and chilies in a  large bowl.  Stir just until moist and pour into 13×9″ baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until set.  Pierce entire surface with a fork and pour enchilada sauce over the top.  Top with chicken and sprinkle remaining cheese.  Back at 400 for another 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Top with sour cream and enjoy!


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  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe. It sounds so easy. We are going to try it with ground coriander instead of cumin, regular sweet ground red pepper,
    sweet corn, banana peppers instead of green chilies, and Old El Paso mild enchilada sauce. I think in terms of consistency it will be the same but without the heat. Definitely will try when back home!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      AWESOME substitutions, Sarah!!! Good luck, and let us know how it tastes!

  2. I love cooking with chicken and this recipe is right up my alley. I have pinned this so I can make it here int he next few weeks. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  3. Patricia Hoffmeister Reply

    Tonight we had Beef Tips over Noodles, Cheesy Carrots, and rolls. I like Tamales and this sounds great.. All the flavors without the hassle. The last

  4. This does sound tasty, and sure looks delish! I haven’t made a casserole in a while, this would be a good one to try!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      It’s super simple to make, and honestly tastes like a tamale!! Try it! 🙂

  5. Sandy Klocinski Reply

    Can’t wait to try this awesome recipe! Pinning it. Outstanding flavor without jumping through hoops

  6. Tracie Cooper Reply

    I would love to make this cheesy, chicken goodness for my family!

  7. This looks so good I have to save this recipe and make it soon. I love this kind of food and am always looking for recipes like this one thank you so much for sharing this one.

  8. I love the rustic corn flavor of a tamale. I have never tried a tamale casserole. Sounds like a time saver on prep time

  9. This recipe looks scrumptious! It’s starting to get cold out, and that’s when I love making casseroles!

  10. This is a recipe my family will love on a cold winter night. I can’t wait to make it!

  11. I love tamales, and this sounds like a fun twist on one of my favorites.

  12. I like the flavors in this dish. I’d add more cheese….

  13. Christy Leonard Reply

    This looks so good! I have to try this for my family and I to try something different. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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