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Vegetarian Tamale Pie

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  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 medium sized yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cans vegetarian refried beans
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp lime juice
  • 1 c frozen corn
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 c cheddar cheese
  • ¾ c of monterey jack cheese


  • 2 ½ c cold water
  • 1 ½ c corn meal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.


  1. Sauté chopped onions and minced garlic cloves in olive oil until lightly browned.

  2. Mix in refried beans, tomato paste, and water and cook for a 3-5 minutes until everything is consistently mixed together and heated.

  3. Mix in chopped celery, minced red bell peppers, and frozen corn.


  1. Mix water, corn meal, salt, and chili powder in a saucepan and bring to a boil, immediately reduce heat to low and stir continuously until mixture is thickened.

  2. Grease a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.

  3. Place the corn meal mixture in the baking dish and spread evenly on the bottom and sides.


  1. Place filling into baking dish and spread evenly.

  2. Mix and sprinkle shredded cheese atop the filling.


  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Cook for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown on the top.

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