My friend Renee sent me this recipe, and with a few minor tweaks to make it my own, I have to say it's pretty dang good. As with any tamale/taco/burrito-type recipe, you can play with the filling ingredients quite a bit without having much of a negative impact on the final product. Try this soon, you won't be sorry.
- 1 pound ground beef (or turkey, or chicken)
- 1 whole jalapeño, seeded & chopped (or chipotle in adobo)
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can corn (or fresh, doesn’t matter, really)
- 1 med yellow onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 can diced green chiles (not-spicy version!)
- Taco seasoning (I use this one)
- Salt/pepper to taste
- Mexican cheese blend
For the topping:
- 2 cups masa
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cold lard or butter, cut into pieces
- 2 cups stock or water
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Mix dry topping ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Cut in butter or lard.
- Add water or stock and mix until a wet dough is formed. Mix in some of the Mexican cheese blend. Set aside.
- In a Dutch oven or other large ovenproof pot, cook the meat and vegetables, stirring regularly, until the meat is fully cooked.
- Add taco seasoning and mix well. Remove from heat.
- Spread topping over the mixture evenly, then bake for 40-50 minutes or until topping is cooked through and starting to brown.
- Serve with cheese!
I used ground turkey and chipotle in adobo both times I made this. I also left out the green pepper because we're not a fan in our house.