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One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie | halfbakedharvest.com
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One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie.

This pie could not be more perfect for the day after Thanksgiving dinner. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Resting time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 835kcal



  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese shredded plus 4 ounces more for topping
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper
  • 2-4 tablespoons butter

Turkey Mixture

To Serve

  • diced avocado
  • pomegranate salsa * or any salsa
  • 4 ounces crumbled queso fresco or cotija cheese
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • in crushed tortilla chips (I forgot to add these the photos but you should do this!)


  • Make the polenta. Pour the chicken broth and milk into a mediumpot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and slowly whisk in the polenta. Cook, stirring frequently, until the polenta is soft and thick, about 15 to 20 minutes. Keep warm and then just before serving, stir in the cheddar cheese and butter, season with salt and pepper. If the polenta seems a little thick you can add a tablespoon of butter or extra milk.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Combine the turkey, gravy, red enchilada sauce, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne in large bowl. Stir in the red pepper and black beans. Once the polenta is done cooking, smooth it out into a single layer and then pour the turkey tamale mixture over he polenta, spreading it in an even layer. Top with cheese. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the pie is bubbling and the cheese is melted. Allow to sit 5 to 10 minutes and then serve with fresh cilantro, salsa and queso fresco. Enjoy!


*To make a quick pomegranate salsa, combine 1 1/2 cups pomegranate arils with 1 small seeded + diced jalapeno, juice of 1 lime and 1/4 cup cilantro.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 835kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1045mg | Potassium: 743mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2890IU | Vitamin C: 29.9mg | Calcium: 368mg | Iron: 3.5mg