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I love to experiment with recipes to see what I can come up with, and my husband is a willing guinea pig. He and I both called this one a success.—Trish Houff, Winchester, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar, optional
  • 1/2 cup mashed potato flakes
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce, divided
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 569 calories, 32 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 632 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef and green pepper over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the beans, tomatoes, water, onion, chili powder, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar. Simmer, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed; stir in potato flakes.
  2. Meanwhile, on a floured surface, roll one portion of pastry to fit the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Transfer pastry to dish; trim edges. Sprinkle lettuce and 1/2 cup cheese over crust. Top with half of the beef mixture and 3/4 cup cheese, then remaining beef mixture and cheese. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of dish. Place over filling. Trim edges; seal with a fork. Cut slits in pastry. Brush with butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  3. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Serve with remaining lettuce. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Beef Chili Pie in Casserole Cookbook 2001, p183

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