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Veggie Tamale Pie

Keep a taste of the Southwest right in your freezer with this easy tamale pie.


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½ cup dry polenta or corn grits
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¼ cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

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3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
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1 medium onion, diced (1 cup)
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1 small zucchini, diced (½ cup)
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½ medium red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, diced (½ cup)
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1 Tbs. chili powder
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1 tsp. ground cumin
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1 tsp. dried oregano (Mexican, if available)
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1 15-oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
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1 14.5-oz. can tomato puree
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½ cup frozen corn kernels
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2 tsp. brown rice flour


1. To make Topping: Preheat oven to 375°F. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in saucepan. Stir in polenta, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring often. Stir in cheese. Set aside.
2. To make Filling: Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook 5 minutes. Add zucchini, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Cook 5 minutes more.
3. Stir in beans, tomato purée, and corn. Mix rice flour with ı/4 cup cold water; stir into zucchini mixture. Cook 3 minutes, or until mixture thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
4. Spread Filling into 8-inch-square baking pan. Spread Topping over Filling.
5. Place casserole on baking sheet. Bake 40 minutes, or until filling bubbles and top is golden. Let stand before serving.
6. Frozen cooking instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover casserole with foil, and place on baking sheet. Bake 90 minutes. Remove foil during last 15 minutes of baking.

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7 g
Total Fat: 
5 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
31 g
6 mg
628 mg
6 g
7 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

This was the first time I've made polenta and it is quite a nice change from potatos or other carbs. I added a bit more spice because that is my taste so it was ncie and spicy. Next time I will make a wee bit more polenta for the top.

You should put in how long it takes to cook, but otherwise . . . I am a vegetarian and I love making exotic recipes like this. Hands down, 5 out of 5 stars!! :)

I made the pie top with 1 cup white masa harina flour (corn) & 1 C yellow corn meal, 1 small can diced green chiles, 1/2 tsp himalayan salt, some turmeric & chile powder, 2 egg replacer servings, 2 T baking powder & 1+3/4 C water. Mixed in some grated cheddar cheese (Daiya) then spread that all over the top & sprinkled some more cheese on top. Baked for 30 mins @ 375.

Veg Tamale Casserole