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Chipotle Tamale Pie Recipe
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Chipotle Tamale Pie

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"Ground turkey and bell peppers are sauteed in a spicy sauce then baked under a savory cornbread crust."

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  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook turkey, onion, bell peppers and garlic in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Drain fat, sprinkle mixture with cumin. Add beans, tomatoes with juice, chilies and adobo sauce; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and cilantro.
  2. Spray 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon turkey mixture evenly into prepared dish, pressing down to compact mixture. Combine corn bread mix, milk and egg white in medium bowl; mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter evenly over turkey mixture to cover completely.
  3. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until corn bread is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 11, 2006

My husband and I really enjoyed this, and while we thought it was hot, it wasn't anywhere near too hot for us. I think the other reviewers may have misread the recipe, which calls for two chipotle peppers, not two cans of chipotle peppers. That being said, we do like our food hot, and may even add another pepper or two next time. I did make some changes though. I used a pound of turkey, cooked with one medium chopped onion and about 5 minced garlic cloves. I didn't have bell peppers, but would like to use them next time. I used canned diced tomatoes instead of stewed, and although I thought I had kidney beans, I didn't, so I used the only type of beans I had, which were great northern. I was a little nervous about this, but we actually really liked how they complemented the turkey. I didn't have any cilantro, and am not a huge fan of it anyway. I also used fat free shredded cheese.All of this was baked in a 9 X 13 pan. Because of the larger pan, I wish I could have doubled the cornbread topping, but I didn't have two boxes of cornbread mix. Next time I will. With such a thin layer of topping (didn't even cover the whole top) it baked in 10 minutes. We will definately enjoy this again soon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 23, 2006

This was a tasty dish, but far too spicy for the average family. I only used 2/3 of the chipotle peppers, and my kids still couldn't eat it, although the adults thought it was good. I suggest cutting down on the chipotles, and adding something cooling like sour cream when serving this dish.


12 Ratings

May 25, 2009

We really enjoyed this and I will definitely be making it again!

Jan 20, 2006

Normally, spicy foods are never a problem with my household. However, this recipe was very spicy with only one jar of chipotle peppers. I may recommend cooking it in a slightly larger dish if you don't prefer a thick crust of cornbread, or only use half of the cornbread mix.

Feb 23, 2011

I thought it was amazing. I used all 20 oz of the turkey, all of both peppers, and about 3/4 of the onion. This was my first experience with chilies in adobo sauce. After a quick taste, I ended up adding the whole can; I like a good heat. Rather than corn bread, which I didn't have, I cooked about 1.75 uncooked brown rice to which I stirred in shredded mozzarella cheese. Once everything was in the baking dish, I spooned on the rice/cheese concoction, and evened it out. Then baked per the instructions. It was delicious.

Mar 03, 2008

Everyone liked this. I substituted corn for the green peppers, since no one eats them. If you take the seeds out of the chipotle peppers it really helps reduce the heat.

Feb 18, 2008

Very tasty! I as well noticed the first two reviews had misread the recipe. You are supposed to use only two PEPPERS from the can, not too cans. I found it was spicy, but not overwhelming, and I'm very sensitive to spicy food!

Mar 13, 2007

My husband and I LOVE this recipe. I put in a whole pound to turkey - but other than that, the spiciness and flavor are perfect!


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  • Calories
  • 354 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 39 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 5.2 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 22.5 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 877 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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