Posted by: inyomouth | April 13, 2009

Tamale Pie



Recipe from Pampered Chef cookbook…make sure you use cornmeal. I used corn muffin mix, which turned out fine, but more bread like and less cornmeal/tamale like. 

Also, the recipe called for beef, but I used ground turkey instead just because I prefer the flavor. 

1 1/2 c. yellow cornmeal
1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup hot water
2 egg whites
3 tablespoons vegetable oil spread, melted (I just used some butter)
1/2 pound lean ground beef (substituted ground turkey)
1 jar (16 ounces) thick and chunky salsa
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) red beans, drained (I used black because I already had it)
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 c. shredded Mexican cheese blend

1. Prehead oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a pan (I used a ceramic dish) with cooking spray. In small mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk water, egg whites, and vegetable oil spread into cornmeal mixture; stir until smooth. Pour batter into pan.

2. Place ground beef (or turkey) in large skillet. Cook over medium heat 6-8 minutes of until no longer pink; breaking beef into crumbles. Drain, if necessary.

3. Add salsa, beans, garlic, chili powder, and cumin to beef; mix well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Spoon beef mixture evenly over batter to within 1/2 inch of edge of pan. Bake 20-23 minutes or until crust is set. Remove from oven; sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into wedges.

Makes about 8 servings…depending on how hungry you are. 




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