Ever have those days where you suddenly wake up and realize that it's getting close to 5;00 p.m. and you have no idea what you're going to make for dinner? I hate to admit it, but sometimes I have those days two or three days a week. Luckily, I have a family that's easily pleased, but you still want to have something that's not only edible but tastes good, too!
So on one of those days last week, I was standing in the middle of my kitchen
mumbling to myself thinking out loud--"let's see, I have a pound of ground meat that's about half thawed, what do I have that I add to it to make something nutritious that my family will eat?" And I came up with this, a cross between taco casserole and tamale pie, I call it "Taco Tamale Pie". Clever, right?
It was super easy and big hit, and is now enthroned on my list of last-minute go-to meals.
- 1 lb ground meat
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- 1 or 2 pkg taco seasoning (I started with 1 and added an additional 1/2 pkg)
- 1 pkg cornbread mix
- 1 egg
- 1/3 c milk (enough to make the cornbread)
Step 1: Brown the ground meat, and drain if necessary. We have farm-raised beef, so all of the water usually cooks out by the time the meat browns, and there's very little fat to drain. If you're using commercial ground meat, you will almost definitely need to drain it.
Step 2: Add the corn and taco seasoning (I ended up adding and additional 1/2 envelope to off-set some of the sweetness from the corn) and just enough water to mix it all thoroughly. (If you don't use commercial taco seasoning, use the equivalent of your homemade seasoning blend) Bring to a bubble, cover and simmer for a few minutes.
Step 3: Mix the cornbread according to package directions. Mine called for one egg and 1/3 cup of milk. If you want to whip up cornbread from scratch, I'd recommend about a half recipe.
Step 4: Take the lid off of the skillet and allow the liquid to evaporate until the meat mixture is almost dry. Pour into a greased 9 x 9 inch casserole dish.
Step 5: Add cheese. I realized I didn't have enough grated cheese, so I grabbed some sliced cheese and threw it on top. We like lots of cheese.
Step 6: Pour the cornbread batter on top of the meat and cheese, and spread to the edges.
Step 7: Bake at 375-400 degrees for20-25 minutes, or until the cornbread is beginning to brown and seems "set" in the middle.
We all liked this, a lot. Even the leftovers disappeared by the time everyone made it to bed.
Until next time, good cooking, and good eating!
This post is linked to:
See Ya in the Gumbo at Ms enPlace
Church Supper at Everyday Mom's Meals
Melt in Your Mouth Monday at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands
Make, Bake, and Create at Hope in Every Season
Wonderful Food Wednesday Mom's Test Kitchen
Foodie Friday At Rattlebridge Farm