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I love comfort food just as much as the next person, probably more! After making this recipe, I discovered that comfort food can be healthy too. An excellent source of protein and nutrition, this is a recipe you can feel good about making and eating. Leaves you full for a long time without that heavy tired feeling afterwards. And don't be intimidated by a few of these ingredients, I found them all at my local grocery store.
Total Time: About an hour total
Yield: 6 servings
Source: Modified from a recipe in the book; "Clean Eating For Busy Families".
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Prepare the 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix according to package directions. Add spices to cornbread mix, optional. We used 1/2 to 1 tsp. Tony's and 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese. Set aside.
Brown hamburger. Add onions and cook until translucent.
Add chili and garlic powder.
Add beans including the liquid, tomato soup, and corn. Stir and heat through.
Pour meat mixture into a 9 x 13 inch Pyrex pan.
Pour cornbread batter evenly over meat mixture.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until cornbread topping is golden brown.
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By Barbara and Aiden from Bremerton, WA
In large pan, bring 5 cups water and salt to a rolling boil. Add cornmeal that has been moistened with 1 cup cold water, gradually stirring constantly.
Heat oil in 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook onion, bell pepper and garlic in oil, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender.
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Sift corn-meal slowly into rapidly boiling water, stirring constantly.
Cook 15 minutes. Brown hamburger, onion and green pepper in hot oil.
Add tomatoes. season to taste. Simmer 10 minutes.
Fill well oiled baking pan with alternate layers of corn-meal mush and meat mixture.
Bake in hot oven (400 degrees F) for 20 minutes. Serve hot.
By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.
A family favorite
Brown beef and onions. Mix rest of ingredients together except corn bread. Put in a greased casserole and top with prepared corn bread. Bake at 425 degrees F for 35 minutes.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Tried this last night but either I read the directions wrong or it needs some tweaking. I did use frozen corn which added some moisture, but the cup of water really watered it down.
The tomato soup was an odd addition. It didn't make it saucier at all, in fact, there was no sauce to it by the time it was done. It was basically hamburger, corn, peppers, onions and spices with corn bread on top. Was it supposed to be tomato sauce?
When it says "top with prepared corn bread" I assume you meant pre cooked cornbread, right? Just mixed like it was ready to be baked, the batter?
But it did taste good so I'll make it again with my tweaks. (06/25/2009)
Selahgal, I'm not sure what you mean because you said at first that the water made it too watered down but then you said that there was hardly any sauce left at all. No, the recipe was not supposed to be tomato sauce, but if you want to try it, you can. I've not had any trouble with this myself. I would suggest either adding or deleting some of the liquid if you don't like the amount of sauce or lack thereof. Also, yes, you were right about the cornbread. Hope it works for you after you do your 'tweaking.' (06/25/2009)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brown hamburger, drain off fat. Add soup, water, salsa and corn. spoon beef mixture into 2 qt baking dish. Prepare corn muffin mix as directed on package. Pour over beef mixture and bake 20 minutes or until golden.
By imaqt1962 from Illinois
I need a recipe for Tamale Pie. I know it contains beef, corn, salsa and cornbread as a topping but I haven't found one with those ingredients
Maria from Columbus, Oh
There is this one already on the site, might be worth a try! (03/28/2008)
Just Google Tamale Pie and you will get a lot of sites for different recipes.
Thank you for the recipe, it is exactly what I was looking for. (04/01/2008)