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Turkey Tamale Pie

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 4 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8
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Traditional tamale ingredients join turkey in this pot pie version of a Southwest classic.
Updated Jun 12, 2008
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Tamale Husks

  • 4 dried corn husks

Almond Red Sauce

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground red chile
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)


  • 3/4 lb cooked turkey breast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 cups)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cans (4 oz) Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • Sour cream

Tamale Dough

  • 2 cups instant corn flour tortilla mix
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Make With
Progresso Broth


  • 1
    Rinse corn husks and remove silk. Cover husks with warm water; let stand at least 2 hours until softened.
  • 2
    In food processor or blender, place 1/2 cup almonds. Cover and process until finely ground; set aside. In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic in oil about 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is tender. Stir in tomato sauce, paprika, red chile and red pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in ground almonds.
  • 3
    In medium bowl, mix 1/2 cup of the sauce, the turkey, slivered almonds, raisins, bell pepper and green chiles. Set aside. Reserve remaining sauce.
  • 4
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 10-inch springform pan. In large bowl, beat all dough ingredients with electric mixer on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, until well blended. Beat on medium speed 1 minute.
  • 5
    Drain corn husks; pat dry. Line pan with corn husks, extending pointed ends of husks over side of pan. Spread half of the dough over husks on bottom of pan; cover with turkey mixture. Spread remaining dough over turkey mixture up to edge of pan. Cover top of pan with piece of heavy-duty foil, 15 inches long, shaping down over side of pan (pointed ends of corn husks will bend down against outside of pan).
  • 6
    Bake about 1 1/2 hours or until dough is set and slightly dry. Carefully remove side of pan. Serve tamale pie with remaining warm sauce and sour cream.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    This is one big tamale! Typically, tamales are individually wrapped corn husk packets filled with savory mixtures. Instead, this pie uses one large corn husk packet.
  • tip 2
    Remember to weight down the corn husks while they are soaking.


540 Calories, 32 g Total Fat, 23 g Protein, 48 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
32 g
Saturated Fat
5 g
35 mg
840 mg
770 mg
Total Carbohydrate
48 g
Dietary Fiber
8 g
23 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
3 Starch; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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