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Turkey Tamale Pie Foil Packets (with Step-by-Step Video)

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Turkey Tamale Pie On foil and a plate laying on a blue surface with a roll of foil next to it

I’m excited to partner with Reynolds Wrap® for this recipe. Tamales are one of my favorite foods, but they take a long time to prepare. Luckily, my easy turkey tamale pie is a breeze to make. The combination of masa dough and a filling is one of the ways a tamale stands out in the culinary world. Tamales can be either sweet or savory with a wide variety of fillings to pair with the masa. As much as I love tamales, I’m not a fan of the time it takes to make them or the mess that ensues by preparing them. That is why I love making my easy turkey tamale pie using Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil for easy clean-up and quick cooking. The new blue box with the same great foil is easy to find at Walmart.

What is a tamale pie?

Traditional tamales consist of a masa dough normally made from corn flour or harina and a yummy filling wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaves, our family normally wraps the prepared tamales in Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil and uses steam to cook them. Making the masa dough and filling the tamales can be a little tricky, messy, and can take hours.  The traditional tamale production process can take up a good part of the day and while it is an amazing family team-building exercise for the holidays, sometimes we need a quick, easy way to get the same delicious results; this is where my Turkey Tamale Pie recipe comes in.

closeup of the turkey tamale pie and its meat salsa and cornbread

My easy turkey tamale pie recipe is a time saver and gives you the same great taste in a fraction of the time with a lot less mess thanks to the use of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil. In place of traditional masa dough, I use cornbread which gives the tamale pie a similar taste and appearance.  The moisture created inside the packet by the salsa & turkey help to soften the cornbread and infuse it with great flavors. The strength of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil holds up perfectly and helps the cooking process. Using Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil for this recipe is essential because it makes cleanup a breeze and gives me more time to spend with my family.

What other fillings can I use in my tamale pie?

I love using turkey for this recipe but you can easily substitute the turkey with ground beef, chicken, pork, or sausage. Making the tamale pie is a great way to use up holiday leftovers by adding leftover veggies and shredded turkey or ham. The great thing about this recipe is that like a traditional tamale it can be customized to your family’s preferences. Whether we’re making the traditional tamale or taking a shortcut for these turkey tamale pies, we love using Reynolds Wrap®. I normally pick up all my ingredients at Walmart, and now when I’m buying my Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil it’s even easier to find thanks to the new color-coded blue packaging!

blue and white napkin on the right with a plate that has a turkey tamale foil packets on it.

Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil Tips & Tricks  

  1. When making your turkey tamale pie packets make sure you tear off a large enough sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil. Using a sheet that is about 16” should work out perfectly.
  2. When building the tamale pie keep all the ingredients in the center of the foil.
  3. Bring up the long sides of the foil, so the ends meet over the food.
  4. Double fold the ends, leaving room for heat to circulate inside.
  5. Double fold the two short ends to seal the packet.
closeup of the turkey tamale pie and its meat salsa and cornbread

Turkey Tamale Pie Packets

Anthony Serrano
A quick and easy way to make a tasty turkey tamale pie.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican


  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 cups corn bread cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup bell peppers diced
  • 1 cup queso fresco crumbled
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tbsp sea salt


  • Place 4 ounces of ground turkey on a sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty foil. It should be about 16 inches long. Using a fork, mash down the meat gently so it is uniform and about half an inch thick.
  • Top the meat with 1/4 cup corn bread, 2 tbsp of salsa, 2 tbsp queso fresco, 2 tbsp bell peppers, and a pinch of sea salt.
  • Tightly fold the sides of the foil packet so that the seam is on top and the liquid will not leak out.
  • Repeat the process until you’ve used all the ingredients to create more turkey tamale foil packets.
  • Place the packets directly in a preheated 350 degree oven or on a preheated grill that has been heated to medium-high (approximately 350 degrees). Cook for about 20 minutes or until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
  • Remove the foil packets from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • Carefully open and serve hot.
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