Chicken Tamale Casserole

The weather has been horrible in Wisconsin this past month, and all of us Wisconsinites are growing a bit tired of the cold, and rainy weather, well, at least I am. If you are like many of us, cold and dreary weather just screams comfort food, and we all know that is right up my alley. So recently I paid a visit to one of our local Mexican grocery stores in town known as El Rey. I’ll admit, I love El Rey. You can get some awesome food there, then grab a cart or basket and load up on great produce, among other things. Often times when I am there, I will pick up some of their homemade tamales. I’m a big fan of tamales, and have made them in the past, but it is a bit of work, patience, and time in making them, so I find it easier to support the local supermercado, and buy theirs.

Tamale Casserole Recipe

Believe it or not, but everyone in my family enjoys a good tamale, and that is rare, and when I brought them home, unfortunately no one had much interest in eating them. So I was stuck with a handful of tamales, and I was not going to let them go to waste, that was for certain. So I decided I would raid the refrigerator, use my leftovers, including that of some awesome cheesy potatoes, and come up with this excellent casserole.

Let’s get started.


  • 6 chicken tamales, cooked, and chopped
  • 3/4 cup of salsa verde, plus more
  • 2 cups of cheesy potatoes, see recipe
  • 1 cup of tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1 cup of cooked chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 whole serrano chile, thinly sliced

Begin by adding the chopped tamales to the bottom of a medium sized casserole dish. Toss in the cubed chicken, pour over salsa verde,  then cover with the cheesy potatoes.  Top with the crushed tortilla chips.

Great Tamale Casserole

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil, and place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Uncover after 30 minutes, and cook an additional 5 minutes.


Remove, and serve. Add some sliced serrano chilies, and drizzle a bit more salsa verde over the top and you have yourself one awesome and comforting casserole.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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