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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Easy Tamale Pie Casserole

This fun dinner has the flavor of tamales in a quick and fun casserole form. Tamale pie (or casserole if you prefer) is a perfectly flavorful weeknight dinner that is sure to be a hit!

close up of tamale casserole topped with ground turkey, melted cheese and all sorts of goodies

    This tamale casserole is much quicker to make than tamales themselves, but it is loaded with delicious flavor that your family will love.  The delicious corn base whips up quick. The sauce, meat and melted cheese are the perfect way to bring it together.  Top it with all of your favorite toppings and they will be begging for this to be in the regular dinner menu rotation!

     I have some news that I haven't told you yet... I got a new job!  Of course a new job means lots to learn and a different schedule.  I will be spending a lot less time on the interstate, which is a relief.  However everything feels a little extra hectic right now.

      Full disclosure... it's not just the job.
There's also an upcoming move for my parents which involves a big remodel my husband is spearheading.
We're hosting a chili cookoff.
There's a wedding (and shower etc.) for my little sister.
A little dude that lives in my house that is so superdy duper excited about all of the upcoming holidays.

The last thing I want to do is shortchange him on something he is so looking forward to while we are in the most magical years.

    So, I feel like we have a ball or two in the air right now.  It's all part of the fun right?

   Fun or crazy, or maybe a little bit of both.  All that to say that sometimes it pays to have a quick dinner or two in your back pocket.

   Something that comes together with very little fuss but is a hearty and delicious family pleaser.  This turkey tamale pie fits the bill.

plate of served tamale pie ready for the dinner table

    The corn layer has a mild sweetness from the corn muffin mix and just a hint of interest from chiles.  Then a nice layer of meaty goodness and enchilada sauce.  Of course it is all topped of with melted cheese, because well... cheeeeeese!

    You can use the toppings to make it your own.  Like it spicy?  Add some jalapenos.

   Like it creamy? Add a nice dollop of sour cream.

    Like it extra cheesy?  By all means, pile on some more cheese!

    Of course you can sprinkle on cilantro or green onions or pico de gallo or whatever your favorites are as well.

cast iron skillet full of tamale pie and toppings

     So I am in the market for some fun and fast dinner ideas until the craziness settles down a bit.  Let's hope that comes sometime early in 2017! What are you favorite quick weeknight dinners?

Yield: serves 6-8

Turkey Tamale Pie

This fun dinner has the flavor of tamales in a quick and fun casserole form. It is a perfectly flavorful weeknight dinner that is sure to be a hit!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 50 mins


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • 1 4oz box corn muffin mix
  • 1 can chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup colby jack
  • salt and pepper
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, green onions, cilantro, jalapenos


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and spray a 9x13" pan or a 12" cast iron skillet.
  2. Brown turkey, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and cumin.  Drain if necessary.
  3. Stir together the milk, egg, cream style corn, corn muffin mix and chopped green chiles.
  4. Spread into prepared pan and bake until just barely set, about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and spread turkey over the cornbread mixture. Top with enchilada sauce and then shredded cheese. Bake for another 15 minutes. 
  6. Serve with sour cream, cilantro, green onions and jalapeno slices. 
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This fun dinner has the flavor of tamales in a quick and fun casserole form. Tamale pie (or casserole if you prefer) is a perfectly flavorful weeknight dinner that is sure to be a hit!


  1. Congrats friend!!!! You'll do great and hooray to less of a commute!! You've got lots to look forward to and gotta love an easy skillet dinner! Love me some ground turkey and you know I'm trying this! Yes, let's dub 2017 the year of easy dinners!! ;-)

    1. Thank you!! It has been a lot of fun and a LOT of learning so far. Let's do it! 2017 is the year of easy dinners. I have been thinking I really need to work on my slow cooker repertoire and now it is even more necessary!

  2. I love this recipe ;-) Thank you for this inspiration!

  3. Thus looks like my kind if meal, yum! Goung to have ti give it a try, im needing sime new recipes. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on the new job!

    1. Thank you! We love Mexican inspired flavors and this was a fun way to package them in a completely different way!

  4. Hi Carlee, quick recipes are a life saver when time is short. My go to 'meal' when time is short tends to be beans, eggs and cheese on toast. Which we was on today's menu!

    I do like the sound of your turkey tamale pie, but most of the ingredients I wouldn't be able to get here. We certainly have more variety of things than we had a few years ago, but would still only be able to get the egg, milk, cumin, garlic powder and possibly the ground turkey.

    Don't forget to take a breath every now and again!


    1. I love hearing about our cultural (and grocery availability) differences! The internet makes the world seem so small, but these are little reminders that you are way on the other side! Life is certainly hectic right now, but mostly all fun too! I just need a lot of helpful reminders from my phone to make sure I get everything done on time ;-)
      Thanks, Deb!

  5. Hi Carlee, this dish looks awesome. I love all of the desserts and recipes you share with us.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

    1. Thanks, Julie! Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Halloween!

  6. OH yeah.... This is my kind of dish! Hubby would like this too!

    1. Mine did, so I think your chances are good! ;-)

  7. Holy smokes! Can you say busy? You have a few balls in the air right now, understatement! I can understand wanting to whip up a quick dinner, but this looks anything but that. Packed with goodness and flavor, I'm going to be adding this one to our winter menu rotation. Yum! CHEEEEEESE!

    1. Luckily they are mostly good and fun balls in the air ;-) This is definitely going to be heavy in our dinner rotation for a while too! Thanks, Nikki!

  8. Congrats on the new job! I hope you enjoy it Carlee! 😁 This is one good-looking dish, by the way!

    1. So far so good! It is definitely a big change and I was sad to leave my coworkers that I liked so much, but it is nice to be more local all of the time. Thank you!

  9. We love Tamale Pie, this looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you! I have a feeling it is going to be a regular part of our fall dinner rotation!

  10. Sounds and looks awesome! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on FB! Have a great week!

    1. Thank you! We actually had it again tonight!

  11. Featured at this week's Funtastic Friday! Great dish.

  12. What a yummy dish! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. I literally have a pound of ground turkey to use up and a box of corn muffin mix in my pantry that desperately need to get used up or... tossed.. so gets' what's for dinner? Thanks for sharing at country fair blog party.. as always.. you inspired and fill my pinterest boards! lol


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