Saturday, December 8, 2007

Easy Tamale Pie

1 lb ground chuck
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. butter
2 med. onions chopped finely
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 can (4 oz.) sliced mushrooms, drained
2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. chili powder
dash hot pepper sauce
1 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. cold water
1 cup pitted ripe olives
salt and pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups corn chips, lightly crushed

Brown beef in oil and butter. Add onions, garlic, pepper, mushrooms, tomato sauce, 1/4 cup water, chili powder and pepper sauce. Simmer covered for 20 minutes. Make a paste of flour and 2 Tps. cold water. Stir into meat mixture. Add olives. Cook over low heat, stirring till it boils. Season to taste. Layer meat, cheese and chips in 2 1/2 quart dish ending with cheese topped with chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serves 6

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