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Chicken Tamale Pie

Updated on September 2, 2012
Chicken Tamale Pie
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This is my take on my father’s recipe. The name is misleading; there are no tamales and there is no pie. This would be better known as Mexican Lasagna made in a pot. My version is a little healthier because I use chicken instead of ground beef, whole wheat tortillas and less tomato sauce, so there is less fat and more vegetables and chilies.

This is simple to make and goes great served with sour cream, guacamole, and Pico de Gallo.


4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 large onion

2 cans diced black olives

4-6 whole wheat or corn tortillas

4-6 cups shredded chesses (sharp cheddar, pepper jack or a variety of Mexican cheeses.)

2 packets of chicken taco seasoning

½ to 1 cup of water

3 green, red, yellow or orange bell peppers (or one of each)

1 28 ounce can of tomato sauce (NOT spaghetti sauce, just plain tomato sauce)

Olive oil cooking spray


1. Bake the chicken breast (no seasoning, just a little oil on the bottom of the pan) in a 350 degree f oven for 45 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes. With two forks shred the chicken. Place chicken, water and taco seasoning in a skillet and simmer until ingredients are well incorporated, about 5 minutes.

2. Spray olive oil into a large cooking pot or Dutch oven, place one tortilla on the bottom.

3. Spread ¼ of the shredded chicken

4. Spread ¼ cheese

5. Spread ¼ onions

6. Spread ¼ peppers

7. Spread ¼ tomato sauce

8. Spread ¼ olives

9. Repeat these steps until ingredients are used (this is similar to a lasagna)

10. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree f oven for 20-30 minutes, until chesse is baked golden.

11. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving


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    • Edgar Arkham profile image

      Edgar Arkham 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

      The chicken makes it lighter, so you don't feel guilty having seconds! Thanks for reading!

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      stessily 6 years ago

      M-m-m-m good! I love the idea of substituting chicken for ground beef. Nice, easy recipe.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Edgar Arkham 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

      thanks for reading, hope you like the recipe!

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      iruvanti 6 years ago from U.S.A

      I'm going to try this recipe. It looks and sounds delicious.

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I love tamale pie! There are so many variations. I usually make it with a cornbread-like top, but I'm curious to try with tortillas now. Thanks for sharing!

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      Sounds delicious. Never tried chicken tamale pie before..thanks for the recipe