TERRIFYING TAMALE PIE
~1 tablespoon vegetable oil
~1/2 cup chopped onion
~1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
~1 clove garlic, minced
~3/4 pound ground turkey
~3/4 teaspoon chili powder
~1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
~1can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
~1can (15 ounces) chili beans in mild chili sauce, undrained
~1/4 teaspoon black pepper
~1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn muffin mix plus ingredients to prepare mix
~2 cups taco-flavored shredded cheese, divided
Green and red bell pepper, pickle slices, pimiento pieces, chopped onion, chopped black olives and carrots for decoration.
1 .Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook until crisp-tender. Stir in garlic. Add turkey; cook until turkey is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Stir in chili powder and oregano. Add tomatoes with juice; cook and stir 2 minutes, breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Stir in beans with sauce, corn and black pepper; simmer 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by about half.
2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease 1-1/2- to 2-quart casserole. Prepare corn muffin mix according to package directions; stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Spread half of turkey mixture in prepared casserole; sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese. Top with remaining turkey mixture and 3/4 cup cheese. Top with corn muffin batter. Decorate with assorted vegetables to make monster face. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until light golden brown.
Note: Make this pie cute instead of creepy by creating a simple jack-o'-lantern face with bell pepper cutouts. Makes 6 to 8 servings .