Truly a must try…This Mexican-style casserole is hearty, flavorful and amazingly delicious! My husband and I love it so much we ended up having it for dinner 3 days in a row. Each serving has 380 calories and 9 grams of fat and 10 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 12 Green. You can easily store the leftovers in individual plastic containers and put them in the freezer. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook and Bake Time: 50 minutes
Ingredients for Tamale Filling:
1 pound extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey, I used Trader Joe’s extra lean ground beef (96/4)
2 cups onions, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 can (14½-oz) diced & fire-roasted tomatoes (with green chiles) or 1 can of diced tomatoes, in juice
⅓ cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Ingredients for Corn Bread Topping:
1 package (1 lb.) Marie Callender’s Low Fat Southwestern Corn Bread Mix, see shopping tips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9″ 2-quart casserole dish or oven-proof 9″ glass bowl, or a 9″ X 12″ rectangle, with cook spray and set aside.
2. For the tamale filling: In a large nonstick pan over medium heat, add the ground beef, onions, and garlic. Cook stirring often, breaking up beef until meat is browned. Pour into a colander to drain the fat. Add back to pan.
3. Stir in beans, corn, tomatoes, cheese, chili powder. salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
4. To make cornbread topping: Add to a mixing bowl 1½ cups water and cornbread mix. Mix by hand until lumps disappear.
5.. Pour the tamale mixture into the casserole dish. Spread evenly. Top with cornbread batter and spread evenly.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the cornbread comes out clean.
7. Cool a bit and cut into 8 slices. This dish will keep for several days in the refrigerator and freezes great.
Makes 8 slices (each serving, 1 slice)
It’s argued as to where tamale pie originated. It’s a toss-up whether it came from Mexico, Texas, or California. Early recipes called for pork or beef cubed or hashed but today it’s usually made with ground beef.
Most large supermarkets sell Marie Callender’s Low fat Southwest Cornbread Mix. It’s usually found in the baking aisle where the other cornbread mixes are displayed. Their low-fat cornbread mix will also work for this recipe.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 10-Blue
WW SmartPoints 12-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 11
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice
380 calories, 9g fat, 2g sat. fat, 51mg chol, 21g protein, 56g carbs, 4g fiber, 801mg sodium, 15g sugar
|FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
308 calories, 2g sat. fat, 17g protein, 14g sugar