This Chicken Tamale Casserole recipe is a mouthful and a hot mess, that is absolutely a delicious mix of flavors that will have a Tex Mex party in your mouth!
Remember that sweet and smoky barbecue sauce recipe I shared earlier this week? Well, this is the part where it’s BACK, baby.
Let me clarify that what this dish lacks in beauty it more than makes up for in taste.
The Chicken Tamale Casserole base is made from tamale dough; the same recipe I use when making regular tamales! The secret to getting it to come out right (and not gummy and gross) is baking it in a water bath.
Trust me, I KNOW that sounds like a lot of work. I mean, you have to heat up water. Probably in the microwave.
Then you have to take out TWO baking dishes instead of one. Then you have to place your casserole dish on top of a rimmed baking sheet and put it on the oven. Just when you’re ready to pass out from sheer exhaustion, you have to pour the hot water into the baking sheet. When will it end!?
I kid, I kid. But in all seriousness, I don’t know why water baths always sound like so much work to me. It’s easy. Just do it.
I use my regular 9 x 13 ceramic casserole dish and set it in my big ol’ roasting pan (here is the one I use from Amazon). It’s not pretty, but it works!
The tamale dough comes together with an electric mixer (hand or stand!), and the rest is as easy as layer and assemble.
I topped mine with some pickled jalapenos and red onions (instructions: slice and soak in vinegar while dinner is in the oven).
Alright, ready to whip up a whole mess of deliciousness?
Here’s the Recipe!
Before you ask, YES you need to use lard. Just trust me. Yield: Serving Size: Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Tamale Pie Base
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 523|Total Fat: 30g|Saturated Fat: 13g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 15g|Cholesterol: 75mg|Sodium: 850mg|Carbohydrates: 42g|Fiber: 5g|Sugar: 9g|Protein: 23g|
Before you ask, YES you need to use lard. Just trust me.
Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
July 9, 2014 | Last Updated on February 10, 2021 by Linda