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turkey tamale pie on a plate


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turkey tamale pie on a plate

I have had this recipe bookmarked forever!  Originally it was made with chicken, but it works great for leftover turkey.  It puts a whole new spin on your Thanksgiving dinner.  The base of this pie is a box corn bread mix.  You mix in a can of cream style corn.  This would be another great opportunity to use up some leftovers.  If you have any kind of corn left from your dinner, just mix that in.  My family makes a creamy, cheesey corn dish for the holidays.  I would use that in a heart beat instead of having to have a can of corn on hand.

turkey tamale pie on a plate

This came together very quickly.  In my head I thought it was going to be more work than it was.  After about 10 minutes of work it was baking in the oven, and we were waiting for ooey, gooey, sauce, cheesey goodness.  A little heat from the enchilada sauce, cornbread, and spiced turkey make for a great dinner.  This was a hit in my house, and will be made again and again (with turkey or chicken.

Turkey Tamale Pie {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}
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Turkey Tamale Pie

By Erin
Great use of leftover turkey (or chicken). Corn bread base, spiced turkey, enchilada sauce, and cheese.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6


  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 14 3/4 oz can cream style corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 8.5 oz box corn muffin mix
  • 1 4 oz can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 10 oz can enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups turkey, cooked and shredded
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Cilantro, garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a pie plate with non stick spray.
  • In a bowl combine the corn muffin mix, egg, milk, corn, cayenne, green chiles, and 1 Tbls taco seasoning. Stir until everything is combined and moist. Pour into prepared pie plate. Bake for 20-30 minutes. The corn bread will barely be set.
  • Meanwhile, toss the turkey with the remaining taco seasoning. Remove corn bread from the oven. Using a fork pierce the entire top of the corn bread. Pour enchilada sauce over the top. Spread turkey over the top of the sauce, and sprinkle with cheese. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven, and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Top with cilantro if desired.


Adapted from Pinch of Yum


Serving: 1g | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 581mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 263
Keyword: tamale pie
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Tamale Pie - great use of leftover chicken or turkey!

About Erin S

Welcome to Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts where my love of food meets my busy life. My name is Erin and I’m a casual home cook who loves to feed people. On this blog, you’ll find hundreds of quick and easy recipes made mostly from scratch. My days are spent in the kitchen, creating new recipes to share with family and friends.

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  1. If my family ever had any of our corn pudding left, I would totally use it in this recipe!

  2. I could have sworn I commented on this – but I guess it was all in my head. This looks amazing. I can’t wait to try this. I may even have to make a chicken or turkey just for the leftovers and excuse to try new recipes!