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Tamale Casserole Recipe

Tamale Casserole

This turkey tamale casserole is a quick and easy swap for the traditional tamales and just as delicious! While trying to satisfy the families cravings for the tamales you get at Mexican restaurants, this tamale recipe fits the bill. I discovered that Marie Callenders corn bread mix comes close to the flavor of our favorite Mexican dish.
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 large onion, chopped
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
2 – 15 ounce cans Mexican ready cut tomatoes
1 1/2 cups 1% milk
1 cup Marie Callenders Cornbread mix.
1 – 4 ounce can diced green chilies, drained
1 – small can sliced black olives
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1 package taco seasoning mix
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup 2% fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup chunky salsa

reduced fat dairy sour cream

Oven Temp: 350°
Recipe Cooking Time:
Pan Type: 2 1/2 quart casserole dish


Tamale Casserole Directions

Over medium heat in a large skillet, cook the ground turkey breast, onion and jalapeno pepper.
When meat is no longer pink and onion is tender, remove from stove and drain.
Return pan to stove; add drained corn, tomatoes, milk, cornmeal, chiles, black olives, slightly beaten egg, taco seasoning and black pepper.
Stir well to blend tamale casserole. Pour tamale recipe into a casserole dish.
Bake tamale casserole uncovered for about 45 minutes.
Remove casserole from oven and sprinkle with cheese.
Before serving tamale casserole, let cheese melt completely.
Serve casserole along with salsa and a dollop of dairy sour cream.

Free Recipe Serves: about 8

Note: 2 cups frozen whole kernel corn may be substituted for canned corn. This tamale casserole recipe is one of my all time favorites.

Nutrition Facts for Tamale Casserole
Serving Size 387 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417
Calories from Fat 135
Total Fat 15.0g 23%
Saturated Fat 4.8g 24%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1029mg 43%
Potassium 735mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 44.0g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8.1g 32%
Sugars 19.5g
Protein 29.8g
Vitamin A 107% Vitamin C 42% Calcium 47% Iron 38%


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