I’m feeling lazy. I have the day off from work, but not from life. I have schoolwork I have to finish. I really need to wash dishes. I made myself get up and go to the grocery. And now it’s just past 6 pm. I’m not really hungry, but I know if I don’t make something and eat, I will be super crabby when I wake up.
What to make?
I have a package of thawed hamburger in the refrigerator.
How about a tamale pie?
Tamale pie is one of those fun retro casseroles that won’t go away. For good reason.It may not be very glamorous, but it sure is tasty, especially on a chilly winter night. And it’s pretty quick and easy. If you want, scale back on the beef and put a layer of black beans in. Add some chiles. Experiment with Mexican cheeses. Or serve with shredded lettuce, a dollop or sour cream and some slices of avocado. Pass the hot sauce!
- 1 lb hamburger
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 c salsa
- 1 c shredded cheese
- 1 1/4 c masa harina
- 1/2 c creamed corn
- 1/3 c water
- 1/3 c milk
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
Brown hamburger in a medium skillet, over medium heat. Drain excess fat. Add onions and garlic, cook until onions are translucent. add spices and salsa, stir to thoroughly combine. Simmer about 5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, mix together masa harina, water, milk, creamed corn, baking powder, and salt to form a spreadable dough.
Pour hamburger mixture into a 8″ x 8″ casserole. Sprinkle cheese over hamburger. Top with masa dough, spreading over cheese with a spatula.
Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes until masa is golden. (* it may be a bit saucy) Let cool about 5 minutes before cutting in.
Now that dinner is done, I think I’ll make a mug of tea and curl up with my new book. Enjoy!