Tamale Pie is a quick and easy dish to make. Although the Tamale
Pie recipe appears complicated, once you make it you'll see it's
very easy. This is one of those recipes you can change somewhat to
what you like.
1 - lb. ground beef
1 Med onion chopped
1/2 lg. bell pepper chopped
4 cloves garlic minced or equivalent powder
1 sm. can whole kernel corn
2 sm. cans tomato sauce
1 tsp. sugar (to kill the acid)
1 tsp. ground cumin
3 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. Dale's Steak Sauce or Worcestershire
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup corn meal
1 and 3 cups water (I'll explain)
Grated cheese of you choice
Put three cups of water in a pot on the stove and put it on a
med-low fire. We're eventually going to bring this to a boil to cook
the corn meal.
In a small bowl combine one cup of tap water and one cup of corn
meal and let sit.
Brown the ground meat and drain... set aside
In a skillet sautÚ' the onions and bell pepper in a little oil
until wilted. Add the meat, garlic and corn and cook a few more minutes.
Add everything else in the first group above and simmer for about 20
minutes or so. Add salt and pepper and taste it; it should be a
little salty (I'll explain).
Turn up the fire on the water on the stove and get it boiling;
add a little sprinkle of salt. Add the wet corn meal and lower the
fire to med-low. Stir constantly (this is important) until it
resembles grits; it will thicken. Once it thickens up cover it and
turn the fire off. That part is done.
Light the oven and set at 400║F
Taste and add seasoning to the meat mixture as you like.
(Explanation) The mix needs to be a little salty to make up for the
corn meal even though we put salt in the corn meal mix.
Now just get a casserole dish and mix the corn meal and meat
sauce together very well. Sprinkle a little shredded cheese if
you want. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes.
Feed to the dog and cook yourself a rib eye.... if you want.