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Good Old Tamale Pie ... This Time with an Open Face

Magazine article Sunset

Good Old Tamale Pie ... This Time with an Open Face

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It's not pretentious, but tamale pie fills the bill when something good and simple (even make-ahead) is in order. Add a green salad or cole slaw, and dinner is ready.

Open-faced Tamale Pie 1 medium-size onion, chopped 1 large can (7 oz.) diced green chilies 2 tablespoons salad il 1-1/2 pounds ground lean beef 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 cup bottled mild green or red taco sauce 3 cups (3/4 lb.) shredded cheddar cheese Cornmeal crust (recipe follows) 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced Condiments (suggestions follow)

In a 10- to 12-inch fryng pan over medium heat, cook onion and chilies in oil, stirring occasionally, until onion is lim--about 15 minutes. Set mixture aside.

In the same pan over high heat, brown meat with chili powder, breaking up with a spoon until meat is browned, about 10 minutes. Skim off and discard fat. Stir in onion mixture, half the taco sauce, and half the cheese: spoon into crust. If made ahead, cover and chill overnight. …

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