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This Tamale Casserole is a quick, simple and delicious dinner you can have on the table in about 45 minutes! Perfect for the busy holiday season or every other busy night of your life!
Christmas is almost here. Every single year I declare that I will be ahead of the rush and there will be no last minute madness for me. I have the best intentions. Then life carries on and I struggle to find extra time to do any Christmas shopping. Before you know it, time is up and I’m out running amuck with all the other last minute crazies.
Such is life. We’re all busy – even more so at this time of the year. When things get hectic it’s easy to forgo household duties. Laundry piles up and dinner sadly turns to leftovers, frozen foods and take out.
Stop right there! Put that frozen pizza back in the freezer. Keep driving past the fast food junk. You can make dinner time happen. You can make a delicious and nutritious meal. You can do this without a ton of effort or time. You can make a fun, flavorful and exciting dinner that the family will love. Yes you can! You got this!
*As for the piles of laundry, I’m still working on that.*
You can prepare a fabulous meal using a combination of pantry staples, fresh produce and fresh meat in about 45 minutes.
This Tamale Pie doesn’t involve a whole lot of work – the most you’ll be doing is browning the ground beef. From there you simmer the beef with the taco seasoning, RO*TEL and corn. Make a simple crust with cornmeal, press it into a greased pie dish, top with the meat mixture and bake. That’s it.
RO*TEL is one of my favorite canned ingredients – it gives this dish so much of it’s flavor and zest.
I offer a variety of simple toppings with this tamale pie to keep everyone’s tastebuds happy. Snipped cilantro, green onions, avocado slices, hot sauce, sour cream – top it up with whatever your family likes. I also served this Tamale Pie with a side of Rosarita refried beans topped with melted cheese and chipotle hot sauce. Yum – good eats!
Cheers to a flavorful and exciting home cooked meal that doesn’t take hours of fussing. Cheers to sitting down with the family and eating a meal together. It’s important to make time for those that matter most!
You got dinner covered. Now, onto the next task….
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Cooking!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 cans RO*TEL, undrained (10 oz)
- 1 packet taco seasoning (1 oz)
- 1 can corn, drained (15 oz)
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg, beaten
- ⅓ cup milk
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1½ cup shredded cheese
- Pam Cooking Spray
- sliced black olives (optional)
- optional for topping - lettuce, avocado, cilantro, spring onions, sour cream, hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Spray a pie dish using Pam Cooking Spray.
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain grease.
- Add envelope of taco seasoning, both cans of Rotel and can of drained corn. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often. If mixture gets too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water.
- Combine cornmeal, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk and oil.
- Mix together cornmeal mixture and egg mixture.
- Pour mixture into greased pie dish - use a spatula or back of spoon to make an even layer.
- Spoon meat mixture evenly over cornmeal crust.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
- Cool for about 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
- Top with black olives, lettuce, avocado slices, cilantro, spring onions, sour cream, hot sauce or anything else you prefer.
- Enjoy 🙂