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Mom's Tamale Pie

 Mom's Tamale Pie
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
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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

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Mom's Tamale Pie (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • powder.
  • Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5
  • minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 296 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 725 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.