Mexican Tamale Dishes

A true Mexican trademark, the stuffed cornhusk tamale is easy to make and can be filled with anything from shredded pork to shrimp. Mexican tamales also make great casseroles for parties.

See Popular Mexican Tamale Dishes Recipes

Quick Chicken-and-Cheese Tamales

Food & Wine

To make his tamales, Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre in Philadelphia mashes masa dough and a slow-braised pork filling together in a saucepan instead of assembling the tamales one by one. He also steams the tamales in aluminum foil instead of the traditional corn husks. Grace Parisi mixes store-bought rotisserie chicken and cheddar cheese into a quick dough, then she wraps the tamales in plastic before steaming them.

Total: 45 mins

Picante Pulled Pork Tamales

Pace Salsa & Picante

Yes, you can make tamales at home...and this version combines an unusual mix of ingredients, like chipotle, lime, raisins and peanuts, to make an absolutely mouthwatering dish.

Total: 2 hrs 45 mins

David's Red Chile Tamales

Better Homes and Gardens

You will need a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven and steamer or a tamale steamer for this Mexican-inspired main dish recipe. For a shortcut version of the homemade sauce, substitute canned enchilada sauce.

Tamale Pork Pie


Big bold and spicy flavors cooked in a slow cooker.

Total: 4 hrs

Tamale Pies - Everyday Easy

Better Homes and Gardens

Looking for the perfect dinner for those busy weeknights? We've got you covered! Rich ground beef, bright tomatoes and briny olives are perfectly balanced by a sweet corn-muffin topping in this dish that is sure to satisfy even the most insatiable appetites. Substitute ground turkey for beef to cut calories without sacrificing flavor, or go vegetarian with a combination of red and black beans.

Total: 30 mins

Green Chile and Cheese Tamales

Better Homes and Gardens

You will need a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven and steamer or a tamale steamer for this Mexican-inspired main dish. Creamed and whole kernel corn add nice texture to the filling.

No-Bake Tamale Pie


Ground beef, corn, and black beans in a savory sauce, topped with polenta slices and cheddar cheese.

Total: 30 mins

Easiest-Ever One-Dish Chicken Tamales

Family Circle

Boxed cornbread acts as the base for this simple chicken casserole. Cook the bread solo for 20 minutes before pouring on the enchilada sauce and scattering on the chicken and cheese.

Roast Beef Tamale Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

A mild poblano chile pepper provides a hint of heat in this modern main-dish recipe.

Pepper Pork Tamales

Diabetic Living

Lean pork loin means full flavor and low fat in this Mexican main dish that's suitable for diabetic meal plans.

Hot Tamale Pie

Better Homes and Gardens

Tamale Pie

Ladies' Home Journal

This spicy beef and bean casserole topped with polenta is sure to be an instant family favorite.

Shredded Pork Tamales

Better Homes and Gardens

This popular fiesta food is served in dried cornhusks which makes a smashing presentation if you're having a party with a Mexican flair. Use the make-ahead directions to ease party planning.

Shrimp Tamale Casserole with Three Sisters Black Mole


This version of tamales, made into a casserole rather than little cornhusk-wrapped bundles, can be whipped up in minutes and has the same great taste and texture of traditional tamales. It's filled with shrimp here, but this is a forgiving recipe that works well stuffed with whatever you like. Quick-cooking seafood, such as scallops, cheese or even some of the mole also make great fillings. Serve the casserole topped with Three Sisters Black Mole or your favorite salsa. Adapted from Chef Jesus Gonzalez, Chef of La Cocina Que Canta at Rancho La Puerta.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins


Ladies' Home Journal

These corn and shrimp tamales wrapped in corn husks are the real deal. Serve them when entertaining for a dinner that guests will be sure to remember.

Squash, Black Bean & Goat Cheese Tamales


Tamales are a sign of celebration at holiday gatherings in Mexican households on both sides of the border, especially for occasions like Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve dinner. Here we stuff them with creamy winter squash, black beans and tangy goat cheese.

Total: 2 hrs 30 mins

No-Bake Tamale Pie: 30-Minute Meal

Whenever we hear "no-bake" these days, we pay attention. And when that phrase happens to be attached to a Mexican dish, we're even happier. In fact, we can't think of a better quick and easy one-dish dinner on a steamy summer night than this no-bake tamale pie -- ready in just 30 minutes.

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