Tamale Pie Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Casserole Recipe

Tamale Pie is one of those restaurant recipes I "go to" when I am pressed for time. It is delicious but it is very quick to put together and bake.

With a little salad to accompany this casserole, everyone is very happy.

Some of the restaurant guests order it with a glass of beer and their favorite hot sauce,  or when they are feeling a bit adventurous, they try a "new" hot sauce, one they haven't had before. It's great fun!

This recipe is unique for me (this website) because it calls for ("allows") the use of pre-made products, but keep in mind ...some of the ingredients are brand specific.

It is a quick, easy meal to prepare. It is delicious as well.

Tamale Pie Recipe

Restaurant Casserole Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Serves 8.


  • 1 1/2 cups crushed corn chips

  • Three 15 ounce cans of Nalley's tamales
  • Three 15 ounce cans of Nalley's Chili without beans
  • One 15 ounce can of undrained whole kernel corn
  • 1/3 cup diced green pepper
  • 12 - 16 ounces of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of chopped black olives



  • Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with the crushed corn chips
  • Remove the paper from the tamales and arrange the tamales over the corn chips in 2 rows of 9 tamales each
  • Heat the chili until hot
  • Add corn and green pepper to hot chili and pour over the tamales
  • Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees F for 25 minutes
  • Uncover and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese
  • Place back in oven and bake another 10 minutes
  • Garnish with black olives

That's it! You're ready for dinner!

Serve this favorite restaurant casserole recipe with shredded iceberg lettuce garnished with tomato, avocado and Thousand Island Dressing or Bleu Cheese Dressing.

Enjoy the restaurant casserole recipe and the company you share it with!


"I'll date you on Cinco de Mayo if you'll promise to quit calling me a 'hot tamale.'"

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