I love tamales, but they t a k e s o l o n g to make. So I whipped this up and I think it makes a lovely substitution! This was a one dish for me. I cooked the meat and veggie mixture in the same large pan I baked it in.
- 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes with chiles
- 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups corn kernels (fresh, frozen or canned(drained)
- 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 2 cups Masa Flour
- 2 cups warm water
- 2/3 cup shortning
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, bell pepper and garlic until meat is longer pink and vegetables are tender (about 5 minutes).
- Stir in seasonings, tomatoes, beans and corn and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- While mixture is simmering go ahead and combine masa with water in a medium sized bowl, mixing with fork until mixed well. Add baking powder and shorting, using a pastry cutter to incorporate fully. Dough will be pasty and thick.
- Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray (or large casserole dish).
- Spoon in meat mixture.
- Spread masa mixture over and bake for 20 minutes. (Spread is a figurative word. I put a ball in my hand, flattened it and laid it on top of the meat mix. Several times.)
- Add cheese and bake for another 12 minutes, until cheese is melty and delicious looking!
- Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
- Serves well with rice.