Tamale and Jalapeño Cornbread Dressing

"This is Jack Gilmore of Z'Tejas (Austin, Tx) favorite dressing, Every Thanksgiving he prepares it for his family and staff. It's packed with vegetables, including corn in five forms."
photo by Alan C. photo by Alan C.
photo by Alan C.
Ready In:
1hr 20mins


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 12 cups chopped onions
  • 1 12 cups chopped red bell peppers (stemmed and seeded)
  • 2 cups chopped poblano peppers (stemmed and seeded)
  • 3 large jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 4 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 12 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 6 cups crumbled cornbread (one recipe for 9-inch-by-13-inch pan)
  • 34 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 12 cups crumbled corn chips (tostadas)
  • 1 12 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 14 cups canned cream-style corn
  • 1 dozen pork tamale, unwrapped, chopped in 1-inch chunks
  • salt and pepper


  • Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onions, bell peppers, all chiles, sage and oregano.
  • Sauté until vegetables are tender.
  • Transfer to a bowl with corn bread.
  • Mix in cilantro, corn chips, corn kernels, cream-style corn and heated chicken stock.
  • Add tamales at the end and do not break up.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • If stuffing is too dry, add a little melted butter.
  • Place dressing in a buttered 9-inch-by-13-inchbaking pan.
  • Cover with foil and bake dressing in a preheated 325-degree oven for 45 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes, until brown.

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  1. Ron Ron
    Thank you for posting this! I saw this recipe a year ago in the Austin paper and made it for a pot-luck and then for my family, and it was the biggest hit!! I wanted to make it again this year but couldn't find the recipe. Until now! It is seriously the best stuffing i've ever had. ALSO i'm a vegetarian so I just used vegetable stock and veggie tamales. I can't wait to make it again.


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