Main Course Meat Dishes forum: Alma's Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust

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Dec 11, 2010 6:55 PM CST
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225
Sunset Zone 13
Alma (TomatoFreak) gave me this recipe. I thought it was on here somewhere, but I can't find it. Made it tonight, very nice comfort food!

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Served up with Spanish Rice and a nice green salad.

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Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust

Tamale Pie Filling

1 lb. ground beef (not too fatty)
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/3 c. chopped celery
1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 12 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained (my mom always used Niblets)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. chili powder (mild or hot, depending on your tastes)
1/4 tsp. pepper

Film pan with cooking spray (or use a small amount of canola oil or butter) and brown ground beef, onion and celery, breaking up ground beef into small pieces. Drain off any liquid. Add tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce and seasonings. Simmer 10 minutes.

Cornbread Crust

1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1/8 c. vegetable oil (or melted butter)
1/2 c. milk

Whisk together dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients in another small bowl and add to dry. Mix only till dry ingredients are moistened.

Spoon hot Tamale Pie filling into 2 quart casserole (I spray it first just to film.) Top with Cornbread Crust mix and pat out as evenly as possible.
Bake uncovered at 425 degrees for 15 minutes on middle shelf.

* You can substitute chopped red or green bell peppers for the celery.
* You can add one or two finely diced garlic cloves if you like garlic.
* For a pronounced Mexican flair, add a dash of ground cumin and about 1/2 a teaspoon of ground Mexican oregano.
* I've added chopped ripe olives or even some chopped green olives.

It's good with a rustic green salad or green beans as a side dish. A dollop of sour cream topping and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro is a nice finish, too.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller
Dec 11, 2010 7:15 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I will definitely make this soon, it sounds wonderful.
Dec 12, 2010 11:24 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Alan, I hope you enjoyed that dish. My mom was a great cook and loved to experiment with new and different recipes. However, it's the mainstay 'comfort foods' she made that stay with me. She made the best biscuits and chicken gravy I've ever tasted - and although I can make the gravy, I don't even try to duplicate her biscuits.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Dec 13, 2010 11:59 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
This looks and sounds fantastic!!!

Thanks for your Mom's great recipe Alma and thanks for making it look so appetizing Alan! I am definitely going to try this soon!

Dec 13, 2010 12:27 PM CST
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225
Sunset Zone 13
It was very good, and the friends who came over for dinner enjoyed it very much. The only thing I did differently was, I added a layer of sharp cheddar cheese in between the cornbread and the meat sauce. The only thing I was bummed about is, I had a friend who is allergic to onions, so I couldn't put any onions in it **GASP**. It was still excellent, but would have been better with the onions added, I'm certain of it =) Thanks for the recipe Alma. Everyone enjoyed it.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller

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