Easy Cheesy Tamale Casserole


Layers of corn tortillas, spicy shredded pork, caramelized onions, and loads of cheese make this Easy Cheesy Tamale Casserole a family favorite! Just a few ingredients and not much effort turn out one of my favorite cheesy dinner recipes.

Easy Cheesy Tamale Recipe

Cheesy Tamale Casserole Recipe

Sargento Mexican 4 Cheese Blend

Green Chile Pork casserole

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 50 mins

Total time: 1 hour

Serves: serves 6


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1.5 – 2 pounds lean boneless pork (you can use chops or a tenderloin cut into medallions)
  • 16 ounces salsa verde
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10-12 yellow corn tortillas
  • 3 cups Sargento® Fine Cut 4 Cheese Mexican
  • sliced jalapenos to garnish


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a medium stock pot. Add the pork and brown it on all sides over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook until the pork is fork-tender (approximately 30 mins).
  2. While the pork cooks, add the remaining teaspoon of oil to a medium skillet. Add the onions and sprinkle them with the salt. Cook over medium heat until they are caramelized and soft.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 3 quart casserole with non-stick cooking spray. Layer 4-5 tortillas across the bottom. Cover with 1 cup of the cheese.
  4. When the pork is tender, lift it from the pot with a slotted spoon. Shred and spread half over the cheese. Spoon salsa over the pork. Then top the pork with half of the caramelized onions. Repeat the layers ending with 2-3 tortillas across the top. Cover the tortillas with the remaining cup of cheese. Add the sliced jalapenos.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes. You are just heating everything through and melting the cheese.
  6. Serve hot with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocados, and sour cream.