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Mexican Tamale Pie – Recipe!

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Tamale Pie has been around since the early 1900’s originating in Texas.  Many recipes are a mixture of beef, beans, chilies with a cornbread topping.  Cornbread is not authentic to Mexican culture and in fact they use Masa Harina – corn that is dried and treated with a mixture of lime and water, then pulverized into a fine powder to make tortillas and tamales.

To give my Mexican Tamale Pie a more authentic taste I used Masa Harina.  Ground beef, black beans, green chilies, and tomato puree are the filling of this casserole and the combination is warm and comforting – it reminds me of one of my favorites foods – fresh tamales.

I like to serve my Mexican Tamale Pie with a Mexican Caesar Salad – is that a oxymoron?  Wasn’t Caesar Salad created in Mexico?  Anyway, this flavorful meal is easy enough to prepare during the week for a delightful experience that your family will enjoy.

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef

1 onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup frozen corn

4 ounce green chilies

15 ounces black beans, drained

1 cup tomato puree

2 cups Masa Harina, found online or at most grocery stores

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chicken broth

1/3 cup vegetable oil + more for dish

1/2 shredded cheddar cheese

(Serves 6)

To Prepare:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large saute pan over medium heat, add ground beef and cook until lightly pink.  Add onion and garlic and stir.  Continue to cook the mixture for 4 minutes.

2.  Add the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano and cayenne, stir.  Cook for 2 minutes to incorporate the flavors.  Add the corn and chilies and stir to combine, continue cooking for 3 minutes.  Add the tomato puree and black beans, stir to combine and turn the heat to low.  Simmer the mixture uncovered for 10 minutes.  Pour into a greased casserole dish.

3.  In a stand mixer or large bowl – add Masa Harina, baking powder and salt.  Mix on low for 1 minute to remove any lumps.  While the mixer is running, add the chicken broth and oil.  Mix for 1 minute and remove bowl from base.  Stir by hand to incorporate all the ingredients.

4.  Dollop the dough over the top of filling – it will look like a soft crumble.  Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, then sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake again for 5 minutes.  Remove from the oven and serve on plates.  Enjoy!

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