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Pork Tamale Casserole Recipe

Loaded with flavor, this pork tamale casserole is a quick and easy spin on traditional tamales, but every bit as delicious as the real deal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 1102kcal
Author: Natalie Dicks


For the pork:

  • 3 c. shredded pork
  • 3/4 c. red enchilada sauce
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

For the tamale dough:

  • 3 c. masa harina*
  • 2 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 12 tbsp. unsalted butter cold and cut into 12 pieces
  • 3 c. frozen corn thawed, divided
  • 2 - 2 1/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth- more if needed


  • 3 c. grated colby jack cheese divided
  • 1 c. red enchilada sauce
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease or spray a 9×13-inch baking dish, set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine the pork, enchilada sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, coriander, and paprika. Mix until combined.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the masa, salt, sugar, baking powder, pepper, butter, and 2 cups corn. Process or pulse until a coarse meal forms. Add chicken broth and process or pulse until them mixture reaches a thick peanut butter consistency. More broth (or water) may be required. Fold in remaining 1 cup of corn.
  • Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese, then add the pork filling. Sprinkle with another 3/4 cup cheese. Press the remaining tamale dough over top.
  • Cover with 1 cup of red enchilada sauce and remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese. Place a piece of foil over top and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Top with cilantro, if desired.


*Maseca works well, so does Bob’s Red Mill. Do NOT use cornmeal.


Serving: 6serving | Calories: 1102kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 42g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 2730mg | Potassium: 810mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 2914IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 948mg | Iron: 4mg