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    Tamale Casserole

    Tamale Casserole. Photo by lazyme

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    35 mins

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    Vicki in CT's Note:

    Easy classic Tex Mex from the cookbook, Best Recipes from the the Free State of Van Zandt County TX.

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    • 1 (16 ounce) can tamales
    • 1 (16 ounce) can chili without beans
    • 8 ounces corn chips, broken
    • 1/4 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated
    • 1 small onion, chopped


    1. 1
      Break up tamales and place in bottom of 1 quart casserole. Layer chili, chips, onion, and cheese. Pour juice from tamales over all.
    2. 2
      Bake 1/2 hour at 350 degrees.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 03, 2014


      I have been making this for more years than I care to remember. It is one of my "quick and easy" dishes when I get home from work and just don't want to cook. I use fresh packaged tamales which are readily available in our area. I put a light layer of chili in the bottom of the casserole dish, remove the corn husks and then just lay the whole tamales down and cover them with the remaining chili, chopped onion and grated cheese. We have tortilla chips on the side. One of our favorite comfort foods!

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    • on April 08, 2011


      Yum! This was so simple and very good. As an other reviewer said, the tamales brought the Frito Pie to a great new level. I used a chili with beans and a Mexican 4-blend cheese. Thanks Vicki for a nice simple keeper. Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup Tag.

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    • on November 17, 2009


      This recipe was made on 11/16/09 for the One Dish / Casserole Event in the Cooking Photo Forum and as part of our dinner.It was very quick and easy to make, also had a very good taste. We though the addition of the tamales brought the humble Frito Pie up to a new level. If this is made again, I'll add a sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes to " kick up " the heat level a bit. This was served with 10 Minute Cheesy Mexican Rice and Gloria's Refried Beans which made a very nice Mexican themed meal. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "

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    Nutritional Facts for Tamale Casserole

    Serving Size: 1 (329 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 723.0
    Calories from Fat 365
    Total Fat 40.5 g
    Saturated Fat 13.3 g
    Cholesterol 72.9 mg
    Sodium 1411.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 65.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.8 g
    Sugars 2.6 g
    Protein 26.3 g

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