Turkey Tamale Casserole

Recipe by Heirloom
READY IN: 1hr 25mins




  • Crumble turkey into a large skillet over medium high heat and cook until almost all the pink is gone, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add green bell pepper, onion, green chili, tomatillos and cilantro and cook until softened
  • Add taco seasoning mix, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer, shutting off burner after 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl beat vegetable shortening on low speed until fluffy.
  • In a separate mixing bowl whisk masa harina flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.
  • Add chicken broth and mix with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  • Beat flour mixture into vegetable shortening until the dough is combined. It may still have a few lumps, but that's normal.
  • In a round casserole dish spread half of the masa harina dough in the bottom.
  • Layer turkey filling mixture on top of that and sprinkle with monterey jack cheese.
  • Top with remainder of masa harina dough.
  • Place casserole dish in 9 x 13 baking dish and fill with water 1/2 way up the casserole dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 55 minutes.
  • Remove foil and turn oven temperature up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for an additional 10 minutes until top of crust just starts to turn golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with monterey jack cheese and torn cilantro.