Cowboy Pie, No Beans

Shepherds have a pie with mutton or lamb and veggies and a potato top. The version made with beef and veggies topped with potatoes is usually called “cottage pie” but this is chili topped with corn so it’s what a vaquero or cowboy might eat.  In Texas, real chili has no beans in it but may be served with beans as an accompaniment, along with corn bread, and other fixin’s

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Cowboy Pie, No Beans

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Ingredients
  • 3 15-oz cans chili with no beans
  • 1 can golden corn kernels, well-drained.
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 c cornmeal
  • 2.5 c water
  • 1 c shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese (or a combination)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
Method
  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Lightly grease a casserole dish.
  3. Combine chili, corn, and onion; spread in the prepared casserole.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine water and cornmeal. Bring to a simmer on low heat, then stir for ten minutes; add butter, stir until it melts.
  5. Spread cornmeal mixture over chili mixture.  Sprinkle with cheese, then chili powder.
  6. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes.

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