If you like the taste of tamales, but not the work, try a tamale casserole instead! Start with the basics of the ingredients included in a traditional tamale.
2 cup corn flour aka masa harina, aka masa tamal (it’s all just corn flour). Substitute fine or medium ground corn meal if unable to find the above.
2 cup chicken or beef broth (if you’re using beef filling, use beef broth. If you’re using chicken or pork, use chicken broth. If you’re vegetarian, use vegetable broth).
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
1/2 – 3/4 cup melted butter or lightly flavored oil
1 t onion powder
1 t chile or cayenne powder
Optional: 1/4 cup shredded cheese (Mexican or cheddar)
- Mix all dry ingredients together, add oil/butter and broth and stir together. Let stand for 15 minutes. Consistency should be like thick sugar cookie dough. If needed, add more flour or water to compensate.
- Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan or two smaller pans. Press half of the dough into bottom of pan, to approximately 1/4″ thickness.
- Add desired filling (seasoned, cooked chicken, pork/carnitas, or beef; chiles, corn, etc… See Mexican casserole recipes for more ideas).
- Top with remainder of dough. Pat in 1/4 thick discs and smooth together on top of filling, leaving no open holes.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of cheese to top and bake another 5 – 10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
by Sherri Collier, created 6/11/17