If a Mexican and a Southerner got in the kitchen to cook side by side, this is the kind of food that I think they would make: comforting, spicy, and generous enough to feed an army of friends or family. Tamale pie is like corn bread and chili in one—and it’s really satisfying. Kids love this dish, but you might want to omit the chipotle chile if making it for young taste buds!
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CHIPOTLE TAMALE PIE Serves: 6Ingredients 1 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 TBSP olive oil ¾ lb ground turkey (preferably white meat) or lean ground beef 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, ribbed, and diced 2 garlic cloves, finely minced Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 TSP ground cumin 1 15 oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 8 oz can diced tomatoes 1 to 2 canned chipotle chiles en adobo, seeded and minced, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves 1 8.5 oz package corn bread mix (plus ingredients needed to make the corn bread batter)