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I don't believe my mom ever used a recipe for her tamale pie, but I came up with this version that tastes very much like the one she used to make. It's been popular at our church gatherings and faculty luncheons...and my kids love it! -Waldine Guillott, DeQuincy, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 cups cooked grits (prepared with butter and salt)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

296 calories: 1 each, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 725mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein .

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add corn, tomatoes, tomato paste, chili seasoning, sugar, garlic powder, basil and oregano. Cook and stir until heated through; keep warm.
  2. Spread half of the grits in a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon chili powder. Top with beef mixture and cheese. Pipe remaining grits around edge of dish; sprinkle with remaining chili powder.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Tamale Pie in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p37


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