After making homemade tamales I generally have leftover masa. This is an easy recipe to make a tamale pie that taste like homemade tamales without all of the work.
- 2 cups masa, (leftovers)
- 2 cups or so of shredded chicken (leftovers)
- 1/4 onion, diced
- 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- a couple of fresh Roma Tomatoes, diced
- a handful or so of shredded Mexican Cheese
Preheat the oven to 375. Butter and 9″-inch glass pie pan.
If you’re not using leftover masa you can find the recipe in my “Chipotle Chicken Tamale, Day 2, Making Masa” post. Using your fingers spread half of the masa in the bottom and sides of the glass pie pan. In a bowl mix together the shredded chicken, onion, parsley, tomatoes and cheese. Place this mixture on top of the masa in the pie pan. Now place the remaining masa a tablespoon at a time over the meat mixture. Again using your fingers spread the masa over the filling until it forms a complete topping. Tent the pie pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 20 to 30 minutes until the masa topping has slightly browned.
Suggestions: Slice like a pie and serve with a dollop of sour cream and maybe some salsa. If you don’t have leftover shredded chicken you can always use leftover carnitas.