Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! I always thought it was Mexico’s Independence day, but it is not. Cinco de May is a celebration of democracy and independence originating from Mexican-American communities in the early American West. Either way, it is a great time to celebrate Mexican food! I am thinking of having this for dinner tonight!
This is a fun and simple casserole for those that love tamales but don’t have any on hand, or don’t want to spend a couple hours making them. I would love to learn to make tamales sometime, but haven’t learned!! My hubby loves tamales, and when we occasionally go out to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant, he will order…tamales! I must learn to make the real kind at some point!
This casserole is fun and simple, and even my little ones gobble it up!
Here are the ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef (I sometimes cut the meat down to 1/2 or 3/4 lb.)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 recipe Homemade Enchilada Sauce (or 1 can enchilada sauce)
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups water
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups cheese, shredded, divided (I used cheddar)
Fritos, if desired
Mix cornmeal, salt, water and margarine in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring. Cornmeal will begin to thicken and you will need to stir constantly until the mixture starts to pull away from the sides, about 3 minutes. Once cornmeal is pulling away from the sides, take off of heat and add 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
Spread cornmeal crust into greased pan.
Brown meat with onion, removing any extra grease. Add enchilada sauce. Pour meat mixture over the top of cornmeal crust.
Top with remaining shredded cheese.
Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
We served this over Fritos and everyone loved it! Next time, I may add Fritos to the top of the meat mixture, put cheese on top, and bake it all together!
Hope you all have a fantastic day! I need a good start to this week!