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Retro Recipes: Baked Tamale

Inspired by a box of old Betty Crocker recipe cards, we’ve launched a segment called Retro Recipes. Each month, KC and her niece Mallory are trying out an old recipe. This month, they’re making Baked Tamale.

Baked Tamales

1 1/2 cups cornmeal

1 tablespoon salt

2 cups browned, but cold, cooked ground beef

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 cup beef stock (or water)

Boil 2 cups water and salt. Stir in cornmeal and mix until it resembles mush.

Season cooked meat with chili powder.

Put a layer of corn meal on the bottom of a buttered baking dish (you could use cooking spray).

Add meat.

Cover with the remaining corn meal.

Pour in beef stock.

Bake at 350 until nicely browned.


2 1/2 cups stewed tomatoes, or a large can of diced tomatoes

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 cup corn meal

1 teaspoon sugar

salt, pepper

1 cup chopped roasted peanuts

Mix tomatoes, onion, carrot, corn meal and sugar together, season with salt and pepper.

Cook slowly until thick, about 1 hour.

Beat in the peanuts.

Pack into an oiled pan, and cool.

Slice and fry in a little fat (olive oil or butter.)

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