Tamale Casserole

  • 1 1/2  cups 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (14 3/4 oz.) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8.5 oz.) box corn muffin mix (I use Jiffy)
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 (10 oz.) can red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 400° and coat 13 x 9–inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Stir together 1/4 cup cheese and next 7 ingredients in a large bowl just until moist, then pour batter into prepared dish.

Bake for 20 minutes or until cornbread mixture is set.  Pierce its entire surface liberally with a fork, then spread enchilada sauce evenly over it with a spatula.  Cover sauce with meat, then scatter remaining 1¼ cup cheese over top.  Return to oven for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.  Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.  Divide into 8 servings and, if desired, top each with 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Based on Chicken Tamale Recipe published by Risë Minton in Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2008, and sent to me by myrecipes.com 4/30/2010.

 

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