Tamale Pie

Here’s an oldie from childhood. It’s always been a good "go-to" meal for me. Adding salad to the side and/or chips & salsa rounds out the meal for us. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
1# ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
1 12 oz can (1 1/2 c) whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 c pitted ripe olives, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbl sugar
2-3 tsp chili powder
dash pepper

6 oz sharp process American Cheese, shredded (1 1/2 c)
3/4 c yellow cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
2 c cold water
1 Tbl butter

Cook meat, onion, and green pepper in a large skillet till meat is lightly browned and vegetables are tender. Stir in tomato sauce, corn, olives, garlic, sugar, 1 tsp salt, chilipowder, and pepper. Simmer 20-25 min or til thick. Add cheese; stir til melted. Turn into greased 9x9x2" baking dish.

Make cornmeal topper: Stir cornmeal and 1/2 tsp salt into cold water. Cook and stir til thick. Add butter; mix well. Spoon over hot meat mixture.

Bake casserole in moderate oven (375°F) about 40 minutes.

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