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Handmade chicken tamales on a bed of Spanish rice with a creamy tomatillo sauce and topped with a blend of Mexican cheeses. Serve with a tossed salad for a complete meal.

Recipe Summary

50 mins
10 mins
1 hr 15 mins
15 mins
1 9x13-inch casserole


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Bring water and rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer rice to a large bowl. Add diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, garlic salt, onion powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper and mix well. Spread rice mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

  • Layer chicken tamales on top of rice mixture. Mix sour cream and salsa verde together in a bowl; pour over tamales. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese over tamales. Cover dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese is browned, about 10 minutes more. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

This casserole freezes well. We usually make 2 to 3 at a time, cover them well with foil and freeze for use later. You can put a casserole straight in 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven and bake for about 1 hour. Check the center to be sure it is hot.

Nutrition Facts

634 calories; protein 25.7g; carbohydrates 54.5g; fat 34.6g; cholesterol 90.5mg; sodium 883.1mg. Full Nutrition