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Vegetarian Tamale Pie

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Ingredients

Filling:

  • 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

Crust:

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

Filling:

  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.

Crust:

  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.

Assembly:

  1. Place filling into baking dish and spread evenly.

  2. Mix and sprinkle shredded cheese atop the filling.

Bake:

  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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