I make a Quick & Easy Tamale Pie casserole that I thought I'd share on the blog. It's a simple dish that makes use of items I almost always have hanging around in my pantry. It's so easy to throw together, it makes an excellent last minute meal...and it tastes great. (well, we all think so :) I like to make it when I'm craving something with a Mexican flair...or when I need to get dinner on the table, but I don't really feel like cooking. Since I use canned chili, chili beans and a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix, it comes together pretty quick ~ I like that. I also like to use low fat versions of the chili, cheese and Greek yogurt/sour cream to keep it lower fat, but you still get all the flavor. (cut those fat grams where you can :) While the tamale pie is baking, I'll usually make a garden salad and slice some fruit to round out the meal. Hope you like it as much as we do ~ Enjoy!
Quick & Easy Tamale Pie
- 1 15oz can turkey chili without beans (or your favorite kind)
- 1 15oz can chili beans in chili sauce
- 1 cup diced white onion
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (optional)
- 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix ~ prepared according to box instructions
- 1 cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese
- dried cilantro & paprika for garnish (optional)
- fat free Greek yogurt or sour cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare corn muffin mix according to box instructions, set aside. Saute onions & bell pepper in a non-stick skillet, with a little water or oil, over medium heat until they become soft, about 3-5 minutes. When veggies are tender, add the thawed corn & the cans of turkey chili & chili beans. Stir until well combined and heated through. Pour the hot chili mixture into a large greased casserole dish. Spoon the corn bread batter over the top of the chili mixture; smoothing it to the edges. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the corn muffin batter. Finally, sprinkle some dried cilantro & paprika all over the top of it all, if using. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the corn muffin batter is done & golden brown. Serve with a dollop of fat free Greek yogurt (or sour cream) if desired.