Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup onion — chopped
  • 1 green pepper — chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 28-ounce can tomatoes — cut up
  • 1 17-ounce corn — drained
  • 1/2 cup olives — pitted and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic — minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Dash black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, lowfat — shredded

CRUST:

  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon light margarine

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown ground beef, onions and green pepper in skillet coated with cooking spray; drain. Add the remaining ingredients through black pepper. Bring mixture to boil; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until thickened. Add the cheese; stir until melted. Set aside. To make crust, combine cornmeal, salt, water and chili powder in saucepan. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, until thick. Add margarine; mix well. Spread half of crust mixture over bottom of a 12x8x2 baking dish. Add filling; spoon on the remaining crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 min. Top with 1/2 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, if desired. Serves 6

Tracker:  4 oz Protein, 1 1/2 oz-eq Grain, 1 1/2 cups Vegetable, 1 tsp oil

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