Festive Cheesy Spiced Cornbread: A Tamale-Inspired Holiday Treat

November 30, 2023

Tamales, a cherished Christmas tradition, inspire warmth, community, and the joy of holiday feasting. This year, we’re honoring that tradition with a twist: a delectable Cheesy, Spiced Cornbread topped with enchilada sauce, shredded chicken, cheese, and cilantro. It’s a perfect dish for those who love the flavors of tamales but are looking for something a bit different to add to their holiday table.


For the Cornbread:

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

For the Topping:

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)


  • Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • Make the Cornbread: In a large bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, chili powder, and cheddar cheese. In another bowl, whisk together milk, vegetable oil, and eggs. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake the Cornbread: Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Add Toppings: Spread enchilada sauce evenly over the cornbread. Top with shredded chicken and Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Broil: Place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Garnish and Serve: Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving. Cut into squares and serve warm as a part of your holiday feast.

This Cheesy, Spiced Cornbread with a tamale-inspired topping is a delightful addition to any holiday table. It captures the essence of traditional tamales with a unique and delicious twist. Serve it as a side dish or a main course at your holiday gatherings and enjoy the fusion of flavors and cultures!

This recipe brings a creative and festive touch to the holiday table, paying homage to the tradition of tamales during Christmas. Feel free to adapt the recipe or the article to better fit your audience and culinary style. Happy Holidays and enjoy the delicious fusion of flavors!

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