Chicken Tamale Casserole

I’m always looking for simple and easy weeknight dinner recipes that will feed my family and keep them happy, which is why I LOVE this super easy and totally cheese Chicken Tamale Casserole!

This Chicken Tamale Casserole is a quick and easy way to satisfy your craving for authentic Mexican tamales! It's a family favorite!pinterestIt combines all the flavors of those authentic tamales into an easy casserole dish that takes less than one hour from start to finish. Since I’m a major fan of all things Mexican food, I had no doubts that this casserole dish would come in as a success.

The base of the casserole is made with a boxed corn bread mix (like Jiffy) that’s infused with creamed corn, chili powder, cumin and a little cheese.

The base of the casserole is made with a corn muffin mix and creamed corn. So easy and delicious!

Once the base is done cooking you simply pour some of your favorite enchilada sauce all over the top. Toss on a some shredded chicken and a little more cheese, then let it finish baking in the oven till it’s nice a bubbly all over.

Once the base is done cooking, cover it with enchilada sauce, shredded chicken and lots of cheese, then bake some more.

Whenever I make Mexican food it’s always garnished with fresh diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sliced black olives, chopped green onions, cilantro… I basically go all out. That’s because the more vegetation I put on my plate, the more complete the meal becomes. At least that’s how I see it. So while it’s a great meal straight out of pan… I prefer mine topped with all the trimmings.

Tomato… Tomahto…

Top this delicious cheesy casserole with all your favorite taco toppings for a complete meal!

Chicken Tamale Casserole Recipe Variations:

  • Instead of shredded chicken, try shredded pork or beef.
  • Add a 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper to the batter to give it a little kick of spice.
  • Add a small can of diced green chilies and substitute chicken for sweet corn for a vegetarian option.
  • Try using green enchilada sauce instead of red.

One bite of this Chicken Tamale Casserole and you'll be absolutely hooked!

Basically this Chicken Tamale Casserole gets 5 stars from this household, and it’s definitely a recipe we will be putting in our rotation frequently.

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Chicken Tamale Casserole

Top this delicious cheesy casserole with all your favorite taco toppings for a complete meal!

This cheesy Chicken Tamale Casserole is a quick and easy family weeknight dinner that has all the flavors of classic tamales without all the fuss!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Ingredients

  • 1 package (8.5 oz) corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) cream-style corn
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups shredded taco cheese blend, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken, from rotisserie chicken

Optional Toppings:

  • diced tomato
  • sour cream
  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced black olives
  • chopped green onions
  • finely chopped cilantro
  • salsa

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9×13 inch casserole dish with non stick cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the corn muffin mix, cream-style corn, eggs, milk, chili powder, cumin and 1 cup of cheese. Stir till combined then pour into the casserole dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and use a knife to pierce the cornbread mixture several times all over. Pour the enchilada sauce all over the top of the casserole. Top with the shredded chicken and remaining cheese. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  4. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces and serving with optional toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

Substitute the shredded chicken for equal amounts shredded pork or beef if desired.

Keywords: Chicken, Tamale, casserole, baked, easy, delicious

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This Chicken Tamale Casserole is a quick and easy way to satisfy your craving for authentic Mexican tamales! It's a family favorite!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
107 Responses
    1. Actually, cream style corn has a different consistency than canned corn and wouldn’t be a great substitute for this. You can google how to make cream style corn with canned corn and there are some great recipes out there. Hope that helps!

  1. Debra

    Holy cow,this is good! Made it twice. Once as written. It was delicious. Second time I sauteed one diced onion in 1/4c of butter and added it to the cornbread mixture along with 1t taco seasoning and a 4oz can of drained fire roasted diced green chillies. Baked 20 minutes. After I poured the red enchilada sauce over the cornbread, I spread 1c of sour cream thinned with 1/2c of green enchilada sauce. Topped with chicken and remaining cheese. I baked another 30 minutes. YUM!! Served with mexican rice, black beans, Trader Joe’s peach salsa and chili corn salsa. With can’t get enough!

  2. Kerri

    We make this recipe a lot for company! I usually use Costco Rotisserie chicken and mild enchilada sauce. Love it!

    1. Amy

      I made this tonight and put enchilada sauce on half and used a mixture of enchilada sauce and plain tomato sauce on the other half of the casserole. My anti-spicy kid loved it!

    2. Jenn

      I use the Taco Bell Brand mild sauce. The bottles are only 7.5 oz so you need a little less than 2 bottles. My mom doesn’t do spicy so this works for her instead of enchilada sauce.

  3. Grace

    My family really liked it. One said it was really good but was a little too sweet. Do you know how to make this using a homemade from scratch cornbread recipe?

  4. Trish

    This was delicious! I was excited to try it and the whole family loved it! I had read the comments about it being too sweet so I upped the enchilada sauce to hot instead of mild and it was perfect!! Will make this again!!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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