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Muffin-Tin Tamale Cakes

We needed snack inspiration beyond peanut butter and jelly. These muffin tamales have all of the flavor without the fuss. Pair with skewered fruit. —Suzanne Clark, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2 packages (8-1/2 ounces each) cornbread/muffin mix
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup red enchilada sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine muffin mix, corn and eggs; stir just until moistened. Stir in 1 cup cheese. In another bowl, toss chicken with enchilada sauce.
  • Fill each of 24 foil-lined muffin cups with 2 tablespoons batter. Place 1 tablespoon chicken mixture into center of each; cover with about 1 tablespoon batter.
  • Bake until golden brown, 13-15 minutes. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes longer. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire racks. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 muffin: 137 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat.

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  • OwlTree
    Mar 7, 2020

    I have not made this yet, but I am thinking that maybe adding cooked, crumbled chorizo sausage (instead of chicken) and canned diced green chilies would impart more flavor. Certainly easier that making actual tamales! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Spirambler
    Mar 28, 2018

    I had to make 1-1/2 times the recipe to make 24 and I used a scoop I confirmed was 1 Tablespoon. But taste was good. I think some diced green chilies in cornbread would be nice. Try poaching your chicken in broth and herbs to add flavor. A definite make again recipe.

  • nltrue
    Jan 1, 2017

    These were not bad, but very bland, and to my mind the chicken didn't add anything at all. I would just make the cornbread mix. Won't be making it again.

  • ms11145
    Feb 18, 2016

    Super easy. I put more chicken in the middle and put more of hte batter on top making 18 instead of 24. Love these.

  • Grammy Debbie
    Oct 27, 2015

    These were good, but base on my family's "ho-hum" reaction, I probably won't be making them again. They were nice and moist just not much flavor.

  • i_like_pie
    Sep 18, 2015

    I loved these! The combination of the chicken and cornbread was delicious and so much easier than trying to make tamales. Yum!

  • coppertop67
    Sep 4, 2015

    These are okay, but nothing special. I would rather just make cornbread. Plus the chicken turned pink from the red sauce and even though I KNOW the chicken was already cooked, pink chicken is freaky....