Love tamales? Then you simply have to try this recipe for Tamale Casserole which is essentially a giant deconstructed tamale. The first layer of this casserole is the traditional masa mixture that is baked before the addition of the filling. The second layer is a savory poblano chili and chicken filling. The last layer is a mixture of cream and manchego cheese. Cooked until melted, this Tamale Casserole is cheesy, warm, savory, and oh so delicious.


  • 130 grams butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 0.75 kilograms dough (tortilla, use masa flour and follow the instructions on the packet)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tomatoes (roasted)
  • vegetable oil
  • 3 poblano chilies (in thin strips)
  • 0.5 kilograms chicken (cooked and shredded)
  • 0.5 kilograms cream
  • 150 grams manchego cheese
  • salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Beat the butter, salt, and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add the dough, eggs (one by one), baking powder, and milk. Mix using your a fork and then your hands.
  4. Grease a baking pan and add the mixture.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. In a blender, puree the garlic, peppercorns, bay leaf, and tomatoes.
  7. Place in a saucepan and add vegetable oil, chili strips, and chicken. Season to taste and continue to cook to combine the flavors.
  8. Once the base is ready, add the filling on top.
  9. Spread cream over the filling and sprinkle with Manchego cheese.
  10. Place back in the oven until the cheese melts.
  11. Serve.
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Jenni D. 11 Jun 2015
To make this a little easier, just use cream of chicken soup to mix with the chicken, instead of trying to make a sauce to go over it. Making the dough is easy. Mix corn masa, cumin, a pinch of salt, and chicken broth or water. Add the liquid just a little bit at a time until the dough gets thick. You can add spoonfuls of it on top, or roll it out on to plastic wrap to lay on top of the chicken mixture.