Tamale Pie Recipe

  Mexican Beef

4 oz. bacon, chopped
1 onion, minced
1 lb. lean ground beef
2-3 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups peeled fresh or canned tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped black olives
1 cup corn kernels, fresh, canned or frozen
1/3 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Tamale Crust - however crushed taco chips are good. I did the cornmeal and didn't like it.
1 - 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups masa harina or cornmeal
6 tbs. margarine/shortening
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook bacon in large skillet. Pour off all fat but 1-2 tbs. Saute' onion in bacon grease 5 minutes. Add beef, chili powder, salt - cook 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook 5 minutes more breaking tomatoes with spoon. Add olives, corn, sour cream, and mix well. Transfer to a 15 inch baking dish. Set aside.

Crust: Bring stock to a boil, season with salt & pepper, if necessary. Combine cornmeal, margarine, baking powder and milk. Process until combined. Gradually add hot stock until a smooth, thick batter is obtained. If the batter is too thick to spread, add more hot stock or water, a little at a time. Bake until the top is just browned - about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and bake again for 10-15 minutes.
Serve immediately

Tamale Pie

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