Easy, Cheesy Tamale Casserole Recipe: This Quick Frito Pie Recipe Invited Tamales to the Party by Donna John

Easy, Cheesy Tamale Casserole Recipe: This Quick Frito Pie Recipe Invited Tamales to the Party

I scored some tamales at the farmers market this weekend. After raiding my pantry and fridge, this tamale pie recipe with chili and corn chips is what I came up with.

Canned chili works fine for this casserole recipe, but, of course, it would be better with homemade chili like this five-ingredient beer chili recipe. All you need in order to make this zesty casserole are tamales, chili, cheese, corn chips and chopped onion (optional). You bake it all up into a delicious dinner in no time at all. 

A drizzling of green sauce added a refreshing touch to the rich dish. (Try this easy spicy serrano and avocado sauce recipe.) Enjoy!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Servings: varies


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Recipe Notes

  • You can use whatever kind of tamales you like best (I used half pork and half jalapeno-cheese tamales).
  • Use mild or spicy chili based on your heat preference.
  • Store leftovers in a container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Lightly oil a baking dish (size will depend on how many tamales you're using). Lay the tamales in the dish.
  2. Spoon the chili over the top. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 15 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and then add some corn chips. You can add some chopped onion, too, if desired. Bake another 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Garnish with chopped onion and jalapenos.

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Can Chili $2 & Up
Corn Chips $2 & Up
Fritos $2 & Up

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Genius recipe 😋
This is so happening very soon!
Elisa Schmitz
Um, YUM! Dream dinner for me, Donna John . Love your creativity!

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