Tamale Casserole Recipe

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This is an easy after-work dish that's so tasty. It starts with tamales from a jar.—Regina Albright, Southaven, Mississippi
Recommended: 31 Meals in a Bowl
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:3-4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 3-4 servings


  • 1 jar (13-1/2 ounces) tamales
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili with beans
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups corn chips, coarsely crushed, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 to 2 ounces sliced cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 454 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 1164mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. Cut tamales into 3/4-in. slices. Place in a greased shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Top with half of the chili and onion. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup corn chips and shredded cheese. Top with remaining chili and onion.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with the remaining corn chips. Arrange cheese slices over top. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until chips are crisp and cheese is melted. Yield: 3-4 servings.
Originally published as Tamale Casserole in Casserole Cookbook 2001, p307

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Troi User ID: 63638 62661
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"This was good with XLNT fresh tamales and homemade leftover chili."

snoope User ID: 1834243 204970
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"This is a quick and easy recipe with a great flavor. The only thing I added was a dollop of sour cream on my serving."

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