Slow Cooker Tamale Pie Casserole

This tamale casserole is one of those slow cooker favorites that you’ll find yourself making again and again! It’s beyond easy and I’m sharing a special tip for making cornbread (or any type of bread/cake) in your slow cooker without it getting soggy. 

The slow cooker tamale casserole is pure comfort food and it's really easy to toss in the slow cooker. My kids love this!

Okay, friends.

I’m back with a crockpot casserole and this is one that you’re going to absolutely love.

I have a thing for tamale casserole, as you can see by checking out my chicken tamale recipe that I shared way back when. It’s a winner. This is somewhat similar, but it’s flipped upside down, uses shredded chicken instead of ground, has a few more flavors going on, and it’s made in the slow cooker!

The slow cooker tamale pie casserole is pure comfort food and it's really easy to toss in the slow cooker. My kids love this!

My kids gobbled this one up, which was nice and all, except for the fact that I didn’t really feel like sharing.

What is it about cornbread that makes me want to horde it all for myself? This sloppy joe cornbread casserole and my Mexican cornbread both do the same thing to me. 😉

I have a feeling you’re going to love this tamale pie casserole as much as I do!

The slow cooker Mexican chicken tamale casserole is pure comfort food and it's really easy to toss in the slow cooker. My kids love this!

I like this tamale casserole because it starts with already cooked shredded chicken. I always have shredded chicken on hand, whether in the freezer (see how I make my crockpot shredded chicken and store it in the freezer!) or from a rotisserie chicken I picked up earlier in the week.

The chicken gets mixed with some taco seasoning, green chiles, and cheese. So simple. So good.

The cornbread topping starts with a box of Jiffy, because that’s what I grew up on and that’s what I still love, and gets doctored up a bit with some creamed corn, an egg, and some butter. Easy stuff here!

Watch my tamale casserole video below to see how easy this is!

Oh, and if you’re wondering about my secret weapon for keeping the cornbread from getting all soggy and weird from the condensation in the slow cooker? It’s so simple. You just place a clean tea towel over the top of the slow cooker before putting on the lid. The tea towel prevents any condensation from dripping onto your bread and ruining it. Works great for cakes or other bread recipes in the slow cooker, too!

I’m often asked for slow cooker recommendations, and I always say the same thing. I looooooove my 3 in 1 Ninja slow cooker. I’ve had it for years, it works great and cooks evenly, and I love that it’s rectangle instead of oval. It’s a keeper. It has great reviews on Amazon too.

For more slow cooker comfort food, try my crock pot chicken and stuffing!

Slow cooker Mexican chicken to the rescue, friends! Get the recipe below.

The slow cooker tamale casserole is pure comfort food and it's really easy to toss in the slow cooker. My kids love this!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tamale Pie

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 3 hours Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Serves serves 6     adjust servings

This tamale casserole is pure comfort food! Feel free to top with avocado, sour cream, hot sauce, etc.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 10 ounces cream of chicken soup (or my substitute for cream of chicken soup)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 4 ounces canned green chiles
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 8.5 ounce box Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 14.75 ounce can creamed corn
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • cilantro, for topping

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken, cheddar, soup, taco seasoning, green chiles, and milk to a mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  2. Spread mixture into a greased 5.5 to 6 quart slow cooker. Using a smaller slow cooker will result in longer cook times.
  3. Add the cornbread mix, creamed corn, egg, and melted butter to a mixing bowl and stir well until combined.
  4. Pour cornbread mixture over the chicken and spread evenly.
  5. Place a clean tea towel over the top of the slow cooker and put the lid on top. The towel will prevent condensation from dripping onto your cornbread.
  6. Cook on low for 2-3 hours or until the cornbread mixture is cooked through.
  7. Scoop out and serve. Top with cilantro as desired.

   

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Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 634kcal Calories from fat 354
% Daily Value
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 1121mg 47%
Carbohydrate 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 29g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g