Bonnie D. Recipe


By Bonnie D. Utahn

I got this delicious tamale pie recipe from a cook named John on a cooking site. It is different than most tamale pies as it has both a top and a bottom crust. Total comfort food with spicy beef, sweet mexicorn and cheese. This tamale pie is also easy to make and uses Jiffy corn muffin mix to speed things up. I also apologize to the many Latin cooks who make those marvelous tamales from scratch. You have my deepest apologies, but I cannot compete with your expertise. This is as close as I can get! Enjoy!

Photo is my own.

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
Prep Time:
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pounds of lean ground beef
cups diced peppers, your choice
16 ounce jar roasted tomato salsa
teaspoon salt
teaspoon chipotle pepper
teaspoon oregano
boxes jiffy corn muffin mix
cup milk
ounces cheddar cheese divided
ounces jack cheese divided (or pepper jack for a kick)
ounces frozen corn thawed. i use a well-drained can of mexicorn
teaspoon garlic
optional: 1/2 teaspoon cumin, or 1/2 can green chilis, or red pepper flakes if you like more heat. this is a mild dish.
small can drained sliced black olives
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Directions Step-By-Step

Place a large skillet over medium heat, and add the beef and peppers. Using a wooden spoon, break up the meat into small ppieces while it cooks. ONce the meat is in small pieces, add the salsa, salt, shipotle, and oregano. cook stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Continue to break up any larger pieces of beef as it simmers. Remove from heat,add the olives, and set aside. Skim any residual fat that comes to the surface.
Lightly grease a 9 X 13 casserole dish. Mix up one of the boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix according to the package directions. and spread it evenly in the bottom of the dish. It will be a thin layer. Top with corn, and then half of the cheese. Spoon beef mixture evenly , and then press the layer of meat down lightly with your hands into the corn meal crust.
Mix up the other box of Jiffy and fold in the remaining cheese into the batter. Spread the batter evenly down the middle, the length of the pan. Use a fork to spread it until the batter is almost touching the sides. Leave a narrow gap so the juices can bubble up around the edges.
Place the casserole dish on a foil lined pan to catch any drips. Place the dish and the pan in the preheated oven at 350 degrees. Bake one hour until lightly browned. Bake until done, but do not over cook or get it too brown. Let stand under a foil sheet for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with sour cream and guacamole. Enjoy!
Cook's Tip: This recipe seems to be pretty forgiving if you want to add some of your own seasonings. I usually season it this way for my family. You may like more heat!

About this Recipe

Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
  • Comments

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    FREDA GABLE cookin4me - Oct 11, 2010
    Sounds good Bonnie, as yu say you can add or delete anything here almost. I'd have to add some Onions and Bell peppers to Complete mine I think. Sounds like something I could add to my To-Do List, Its Longer than my arm today. I just Love all these Great Ideas. Thanks a bunch . .
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    Bonnie D. Utahn - Oct 11, 2010
    you are welcome!
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    Robin DuPree robdupree - Oct 11, 2010
    Bonnie, SI, is a daunting nightmare for me right now in is at the beginning of conditional phrases, and it is driving me nuts. Also, your expertise is fine because simplicity is a benefit in all our busy everyday lives. Most of us don't have the time, nor money, to make full fledge gourmet meals. They are usually a treat in most people's homes, so you recipes are greatly valued, and they always look so delicious.
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    Bonnie D. Utahn - Oct 11, 2010
    Wow. What a nice thing to say. Thanks, Robin! I like the fast and easy recipes, but they have to taste good, too. But gourmet, I am not... Rachel Ray has got a handle on it..30 minute meals! French, huh? I forgot what Fish in a Sack is called in French but it sounds too wonderful. I made that for some guests once and the lady told me what it was in French. It sounds positively gourmet! LOL! It is a beautiful language. I saw a tv show once where some good looking french actor was leaning over the table talking to a young woman who was positively drooling with every word he spoke to her in was a complete setup, they were trying to show that French sounds good no matter what one is saying....he was reciting his grocery list to her and she was totally under his spell!
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    Robin DuPree robdupree - Oct 11, 2010
    LOL....I had to look it up for you, Bonnie, since I forgot it too. The word in French is "Papillotte" which means curled paper. The fish is tender and moist this way since all the moisture that is contained inside the paper during cooking. I am sure the TV show was funny, and the french love to promote, "amour".
    Also, I think that you meals are as fine tuned as Rachel Ray's, and her simplicity is one of the things that promotes her the best.