34 Leftover Tamale Recipes [Meat Ideas & More]

If I am going to make homemade tamales, you can bet that I am going to make a lot. Tamales are time consuming to make so I like to make sure I have plenty.

Of course, I almost always overestimate how many tamales my family will eat and I end up with a lot of leftovers. 

I have found many creative ways to use up tamale leftovers. Some of these leftover tamale recipes are even better than the original tamales.

Leftover Tamale Recipes

If you have leftover tamales, I highly recommend trying a few of these yummy recipes (especially number 10)!

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. 

Final Considerations

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!

You might want to check out our Leftover White Rice Recipes.

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