If you have leftover tamale filling, then you absolutely need to make this slow cooker soup. It is creamy, hearty, and full of tasty tamale slices.
I especially love that this recipe can be made in the slow cooker. All you need to do is add everything to the pot and you are ready to go! Come back a few hours later to a perfectly cooked soup, hot and ready to eat!
This soup is tomato based so it has a pretty red color and a sweet tomato taste. The shredded chicken is the perfect finishing touch to make the soup a full meal.
Do you have some leftover tamale masa in your fridge? Maybe you ran out of corn husks or meat filling and have just too much of the corn masa. Don’t worry, these sweet corn cakes will help you use up all that great masa!
The masa tamale filling is sweetened and then scooped before cooking. The little balls become beautiful, two-bite corn cakes that will rival any Mexican restaurant. These cakes are almost sweet enough to be served as dessert!
I like to dip these corn cakes in a chipotle mayo while my husband likes to squeeze fresh lime juice over the top. Some mango salsa may also be a great addition.
I love all kinds of pizza but I had never tried Mexican-style pizza until I found this recipe. I was looking for a way to use my leftover masa harina flour from making tamales and stumbled upon Pizza Azteca.
Let me just say that I went out and bought more masa just so I could make this pizza again.
The corn masa crust will help you use up any leftover tamale flour. The abundant veggie toppings are super healthy and also perfectly balanced.
Of course, the multiple types of grated cheese are especially great. Oaxaca cheese on a pizza is probably my new favorite thing!
If you have a lot of leftover tamale meat, you should try making a tamale pie! Tamale pie is essentially a layer of tamale meat topped with fluffy cornbread. The pie can be scooped onto a plate and enjoyed straight from the oven.
I love the combination of savory and sweet with this tamale pie. It is also a fantastic way to use up extra tamale meat.
You may even find yourself making extra tamale meat just so you have enough to make this pie!
Chicken tamale pie is one of my favorite dishes to make with leftover chicken tamale filling. The shredded chicken filling of tamales is perfect when topped with a sweet corn pudding. This recipe will show you how to make it!
I made this recipe once when I had a whole lot of extra chicken tamale filling and, after baking the pie, I wrapped and froze it.
It froze really well! I love having freezer meals ready to thaw and serve and this tamale pie is now one of my favorites.
Grab your premade tamales and get ready to create a very flavorful casserole. The sauce in this tamale casserole is what I love the most. It is full of delicious spices that compliment the soft tamales perfectly.
This tamale casserole is covered in tons of cheese. I use Mexican blend shredded cheese and also cotija cheese.
Cotija cheese is salty and crumbly. It can be hard to find but you can always replace it with feta cheese which has a similar taste and texture.
I jump at the chance to add veggies to a meal. I am always looking for ways to make dinners healthier and veggies are often the answer. That is one reason I love this tamal casserole- it has lots of healthy veggies!
In addition to soft, tender tamales, this casserole has lots of poblano peppers.
Poblano peppers have a smokey, slightly spicy taste that goes well with the neutral tasting tamales. All the salsa in the recipe also helps make the casserole flavorful and authentic tasting.
The sweet cornbread crust and savory taste of beef tamales is what I love about this recipe. I also love that it makes enough to feed a whole crowd.
Not only do I get to use up my leftover tamales, but I also can make food for an entire party!
This recipe uses red enchilada sauce but you can also use green. Both types of sauce will make a great beef tamale casserole and be real crowd pleasers.
A little hint- double the cornbread topping to stretch your leftover tamales even more.
Do you have leftover tamales and also leftover chili? If your answer is yes, then you definitely need to put them together and create this delicious tamale and chili bake. It is insanely good!
I especially love this recipe because it takes about 5 minutes to put together. Leftover tamales are lined up in a pan and then the leftover chili is poured right on top.
Add a little cheese and bake until the chili sauce is bubbling. The end result is an incredible, delicious dinner that every chili tamale lover will adore.
Anyone who needs a gluten free leftover recipe is in lucky! This delicious tamale casserole not only uses up any leftover tamales you may have, but it also is completely gluten free. Make this casserole recipe and everyone will be able to enjoy it without worry.
Cream cheese, sour cream and grated cheese make this dish really great. Mix all these creamy ingredients together with some salsa and you have a perfect tamale sauce.
If you can’t find poblano peppers, feel free to use jalapenos or green bell peppers. I have used both kinds of peppers and they both work well.
Green enchilada sauce, chicken, and tamales all go together so well. That is why this green chili tamale casserole is so, so good. I made it the other day in just 15 minutes! A perfect dinner doesn’t have to take long!
Use your leftover tamales to replace the masa harina mix. You already have that part made!
Monterey jack cheese is really good with the enchilada sauce but regular Mexican shredded cheese will work too!
Tamales are a traditional Mexican food so it makes sense to combine them with a different type of Mexican dish. Tacos plus tamales? You just can’t go wrong there!
This soup has all the traditional taco fillings but, instead of going into a taco shell, they go right into a tasty soup!
The recipe uses beef tamales but I have found that chicken tamales or even plain tamales work well, too. The recipe is so flavorful and the taste of tamales really blends well with everything!
I do like to add some extra peppers to the soup but spicy foods are my favorite. Extra jalapeno really makes this taco soup irresistible.
I love the creamy, thick broth of this delicious tamale soup. I also love how it uses leftover chicken tamales, something I always make too many of. They are never wasted, though, when I have this recipe on hand!
Chicken tamales are chopped up and then mixed into a broth with diced tomatoes, hominy, tortilla soup, and shredded cheese. These five simple ingredients make such a great soup, it is almost hard to believe.
Save this recipe for the wintertime when a thick, creamy soup is something you crave. This recipe is enough to feed a big crowd so invite everyone over to enjoy some tamale soup!
Not only does this soup taste good, but the name of it is pretty fun, too. Hot tamale soup! Everyone lines up for some hot tamale soup!
This soup is served hot and it is loaded with spicy flavors. Chili powder, cumin, and cayenne are all responsible for the heat in this soup. Cinnamon is another interesting ingredient that adds a unique flavor and heat.
Use any kind of leftover tamales in this recipe. Plain tamales are my favorite but beef is also great.
This is a very easy and quick recipe that you can whip up just in time for breakfast. I like to serve the hash alongside fried eggs. I put the eggs right on top of the tamale hash so the runny egg yolks seep into the hash.
This recipe only requires four simple ingredients. You will need leftover tamales, Mexican tomato sauce, avocado oil, and salt. Chop everything together in a skillet and you are done!
I love jalapenos in just about every dish. They happen to go great with leftover tamales since both foods are classic South American ingredients.
This recipe will show you how to turn your leftover tamales into a delicious, perfect breakfast.
Leftover tamales are mashed with jalapenos, onions, black eyed peas and a little garlic. Let the mix get a little crispy in the skillet so you get that soft tamale filling with a little bit of satisfying crunch.
I like to make my eggs have a runny yolk so the yolk acts like a sauce dripping down the tamale hash.
Tamales are often served as a weekend meal. They do take quite a while to prepare so it is often a dinner reserved for a saturday. That means on Sunday, it is time to eat the leftovers!
Guatemalan tamales are typically served with french rolls and hot coffee.
The tamales are mashed with a little salsa and sometimes peppers or corn is added to the mix. Reheat your leftover Saturday tamales and eat like you are in Guatemala on Sunday!
Looking for a tasty one-pan breakfast? These tamale hash-baked eggs may be just what you need.
There are only 4 ingredients in this breakfast but the taste is out of this world. This is a recipe that tastes like it is straight out of a fancy restaurant but you actually made it yourself!
Chopped beef tamales are sauteed with some onions in a large skillet.
Eggs are cracked into the pan and grated mozzarella tops the whole dish. Once the egg yolks bake to be slightly runny, the hash is ready to serve!
I do like my egg yolks runny like the recipe instructs but my kids like a firmer yolk.
You can totally make the recipe either way with great success. Simple breakfasts like this make the morning time so much better.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a few tamale questions? Hopefully I answer them for you here! You can always leave a question in the comments below and I will try to answer ASAP! I am kind of a tamale leftover pro by now…
How Do You Reheat A Tamale Pie?
My favorite way to reheat a whole tamale pie is to pop it back into a 325 degree F oven and bake for about 15 minutes.
This will reheat the pie through to the center and not make the topping too soggy (that can happen if the pie is just microwaved!).
If you are just reheating one slice of pie, place the slice on a small oven safe tray and reheat it at 325 degrees F in your toaster oven for about 8 minutes. Countertop ovens are so convenient and a perfect way to reheat smaller dishes.
What Goes With Tamales?
Tamales go well with just about any kind of Mexican or Tex-mex food.
I like serving tamales alongside taco salad, black bean soup, tortilla soup and cilantro lime bean salad. Tamales are pretty hearty on their own so lighter side dishes are good.
Can I Freeze A Tamale Pie?
You definitely can freeze tamale pie. Let the pie cool completely and then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Freeze the pie for up to three months.
When you are ready to eat the tamale pie, let it thaw in the fridge overnight or pop the frozen pie in a 325 degree F oven and heat it for about 30 minutes.
Making tamales is a big project. There are often leftover ingredients or leftover whole tamales. Luckily, there are so many ways to reuse those leftovers and create whole new meals.
Let me know which of these leftover tamale recipes is your favorite! I promise they are all delicious in their own way. Enjoy!
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