Lindita’s Tamale Pie

Fall is here and firing up our taste buds and getting up our inner soul and spirits ready for the winter months.

Just in time for the chile, menudo & the tamale season that’s just around the corner. It’s also that time of the year to start planning your tamale gatherings with your family and friends. But wait….before you start racing out the door to buy all your ingredients. I’d like you to try this recipe that will get you in the mood for tamales and only takes 30 minutes or less to prepare. This is one of my husband Michael’s favorite dish that he’ll never say no to.

Lindita’s Tamale Pie

1 POUND OF GROUND BEEF OR (COOKED CHICKEN)
2 CLOVES GARLIC, MINCED
1 CUP CHOPPED ONION
1 CUP MILK
1 8OZ. CANNED TOMATO SAUCE
1 12 OZ. CAN WHOLE KERNEL CORN, DRAINED
1/2 CUP CUP SLICED PITTED RIPE OLIVES
1/4 CUP YELLOW CORN MEAL (JIFFY MIX, FOR A SWEETER TASTE)
2 1/2 TEASPOONS CHILI POWDER
2 TEASPOONS SALT
3-4 CUPS OF COLBY Cheese

Preheat oven at 350.

In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic till meat is browned and onion is tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Turn into 12x9x2-inch baking dish. Cover with cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes or till knife inserted comes out clean. Cut in squares. Makes 8 servings. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa or sour cream.

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