Tamale Pie

Contributed By: Terry Borden


1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
3/4 pound ground beef
2 (8 ounce) cans seasoned tomato sauce
1 can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 cup black olives, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
Dash of pepper
1 1/2 cups sharp American cheese, shredded
Cornmeal Topper
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups cold water
1 tablespoon butter


Brown ground beef, onion and green pepper in a large skillet; drain. Return beef to skillet. Add tomato sauce, corn, olives, garlic, sugar, chili powder and pepper. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until thick. Add cheese; stir until melted. Pour into greased 10 by 6 by 1 1/2 inch baking dish.
Cornmeal Topper
Stir cornmeal and salt into cold water. Cook and stir until thick. Add butter; mix well. Spoon over hot meat mixture in 3 lengthwise strips. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.

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Makes 6 servings.

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