Tasty Tamale Pie Casserole

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Cooking time: 25 min

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners


1 lb lean ground beef, cooked and drained
1 small onion, diced
16 ounces bottled salsa
1/3 cup water
1 (7/8 ounce) packet taco seasoning, Chi Chi's Fiesta is my preference
3 ounces chopped ripe olives
1 cup cornmeal
12 ounces evaporated milk
4 ounces green chili peppers, diced
1 cup monterey jack pepper cheese, divided, grated, sub. cheddar
1 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeno, sliced


Preheat oven to 425°.
Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet until beef is browned, drain.
Stir in salsa, water and taco seasoning packet; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes. Add olives and stir.
In a medium sauces pan: combine cornmeal, evaporated milk, green chilies, 1/2 C cheese and salt. cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently for 5-7 minutes or until thickened.
In a 9x13 ungreased baking dish: Spoon in meat filling, then spread cornmeal on top of meat mixture.
Bake for 25 minutes, sprinkle with remaining cheese and garnish w/ jalapenos. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted


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