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Terrifying Tamale Pie

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Submitted By: Hauntmistress
On: 10/05/2002 04:33 PM

Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 35 Minutes
Occasion: Halloween
Effort: Easy

1 tbs. vegetable oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 lb. ground turkey

3/4 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves

1 can (14 1/2 oz.) Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, undrained

1 can (15 oz.) chili beans in mild chili sauce, undrained

1 cup corn

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 pkg. (8 1/2 oz.) 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

How to Prepare:

Heat oil in lg. skillet over med. 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 min., breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Stir in beans with sauce, corn and pepper; simmer 10 min. or until liquid is reduced by about half.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Lightly grease 1 1/2 - 2 qt. casserole dish.

Prepare corn muffin mix according to package directions; stir in 1/2 cup cheese. S

pread 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 - 22 min. or until light golden brown.

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