Smothered Tamale Casserole

I have a lot to be thankful for and have learned so much from my Mom, but this has to be the most epic idea yet. It’s simple and deliciously genius. Every time we make this people love it. Imagine the most perfect Mexican inspired version of lasagna and mac and cheese. The recipe is very forgiving and you can use any kind of tamale, cheese or salsa. It’s muy delicioso¬†no matter how you choose to mix it up. Note to self…make more next time.

Tamale Pie Finished

In a 9 x 13 lasagna pan layer sliced tamales.

Tamale Pie Split shot in Pan

Scatter the roasted chicken evenly over the tamales.

Tamale Pie Layering Chicken Shreds

Drizzle tomatillo salsa as the next layer.

Tamale Pie Green Chili Layering 3

Add spoonfuls of sour cream.

Tamale Pie Sour Creme Layering

Using a spatula spread the sour cream to create an even flat layer and then grated cheese.

Tamale Pie Sour Creme spread shot

Tamale Pie Cheese Shot

Note: The pan we used was larger than 9×13 and we did use 2 dozen tamales. If you are using a 9×13 pan 12-16 tamales should be plenty.

 

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Smothered Tamale Casserole

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 dozen green chile, red chile or chicken tamales, husks discarded, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 16oz jars of Frontera Tomatillo or Arriba Green salsa
  • 124oz tub of sour cream
  • 16oz of shredded Jack cheese or mexican cheese blend
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skinned and shredded
  • a handful of clantro

Instructions

  1. In a 9 x 13 lasagna pan layer sliced tamales.
  2. Scatter the roasted chicken evenly over the tamales.
  3. Drizzle tomatillo salsa as the next layer.
  4. Add spoonfuls of sour cream.
  5. Using a spatula spread the sour cream to create an even flat layer.
  6. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  7. Repeat with an additional layer or until pan is full.
  8. Make sure to end with sour cream and cheese on top.
  9. Bake in a 375 degree oven until bubbling about 20-30 minutes.
  10. Top with fresh cilantro.

Notes

Courtesy of Lorraine Wardy

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8-10

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