Easy Tamale Pie with Peppers

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jul. 14, 2023
My family loves anything with southwestern flavor, so this recipe is a big hit. It's super quick and easy to prepare, and cleanup afterward is fast because everything cooks in one dish. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
Easy Tamale Pie with Peppers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 6 chicken or beef tamales
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili with beans
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Chopped fresh cilantro and thinly sliced green onions


  1. Cut peppers lengthwise in half; remove stems and seeds. Place peppers on a foil-lined baking sheet, skin side up. Broil 4 in. from heat until skins blister, about 5 minutes. Immediately place peppers in a large bowl; let stand, covered, 20 minutes. Reduce oven setting to 350º.
  2. Peel off and discard charred skins. Place peppers in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Remove husks from tamales. Cut tamales into quarters; place over peppers. Top with chili, cheese and chopped onion. Bake until hot and bubbly, 30-35 minutes. Serve with cilantro and green onions.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 439 calories, 25g fat (9g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 1152mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 23g protein.