Hot Tamale Pie

Course : Cajun
Serves: 8
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2 pounds ground beef
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 can tomato paste -- (6 oz.)
2 medium Onions -- chopped
1 clove garlic -- minced
1 large green bell pepper -- chopped
1 cup celery -- chopped
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup corn meal
3 cups water

Preparation / Directions:

Fry ground beef in oil in a deep 12-inch skillet. Add chopped vegetables, sauté 5 minutes, then add tomato paste, seasoning to taste and cook 5 minutes more. Add 1 cup of water and simmer for 1 hour. In another container mix corn meal with cold water. Skim oil from top of meat, add to corn meal mixture and salt to taste. Cook 20 minutes then combine with meat mixture and add balance of salt and cayenne pepper. Place in casserole baking dish and cook over a hot water bath for 2 hours. Serves 8. Recipe courtesy Tony Chachere's Cajun Country Cookbook (c) 1982, Cajun Country Cookbook, Inc

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