Beef Tamale Casserole

Schmitty 09-27-99 3:44 AM

Tamale Casserole

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1 can (14.5 to 16 ounce) cut green beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 1/2 ounce) package corn muffin mix
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
12 ounces American cheese, cubed

Heat oven to 450 degrees and grease and flour 12 x 8 inch (2 quart) or 13 x 9 inch (3 quart) baking dish.

Lightly brown ground beef in large skillet over medium high heat; drain.

Add garlic powder, seasoned salt, chili powder and tomato paste; mix well.

Stir in water.

Gently fold in beans and corn. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In small bowl, prepare muffin mix as directed on package using egg and 2/3 cup milk.

Spread half of muffin batter in greased and floured pan.

Spoon beef mixture over batter.

Press cubes of cheese into beef mixture.

Top with remaining muffin batter.

Bake at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and set.

Let stand 10 minutes and cut into squares.

6 to 8 servings.

TIP: If using 7 or 8 ounce package of muffin mix, prepare muffin mix as directed on package except double amount of milk.

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