Amigo Pie Makes a Quick Dinner
If you are looking for an amazingly quick dinner that everyone in your family will love, Amigo Pie is it. A cornbread crust, peppered with chopped black olives and rich cheddar cheese, topped with browned ground beef with some wonderful seasonings is a phenomenal ending to a long summer day. The leftovers are even better, as the flavors sink down into the cornbread. I found out about Amigo Pie from an old neighbor of mine who invited me over to dinner. One bite and I was hooked. I love making Amigo Pie for my family.
A Perfect Blend for Amigo Pie
Amigo Pie starts out with a wonderful crust, filled with sharp cheddar cheese and chopped black olives. It becomes a base for browned ground beef that is joined by tomatoes, onions, chili powder, and a few more olives. In the oven, the crust bakes into a beautiful, golden brown bread. The meat takes on the flavors of the chili powder and tomatoes, making a rich, delicious topping. Then, more cheddar cheese is melted over the top for the perfect finish to Amigo Pie. The best thing is, it’s ready in about 45 minutes, from start to finish, making it a wonderfully quick meal on busy nights.
- 1 lb. Lean ground beef
- 1 C chopped onion
- 2/3 C chopped tomato
- ½ C chopped black olives
- 1 T Chili powder
- ¾ t salt
- ½ t pepper
- ¾ C Cornmeal
- ¼ C flour
- 1 C hot water
- 2 T melted butter
- ½ t baking powder
- 1 ½ C shredded cheddar, divided
- ½ t salt
- ½ C black olives
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- In a saute pan, brown the ground beef with the onion until no pink remains in the beef. Drain.
- Add the tomatoes, olives, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Simmer until no water from the tomatoes remains. Set aside.
- In a bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, 1 C of the cheddar, salt, and olives. Add the hot water and stir well.
- Spray a 9x9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Spread the cornmeal mixture on the bottom and top with the meat mixture.
- Bake 20 minutes. Top with remaining cheddar.
- Bake an additional 5-10 minutes, until the cornbread is golden brown.
- Serve hot.
Changing Up Your Amigo Pie
There are many ways you can change your Amigo Pie to give it a different flavor. Try shredded pork, beef, or chicken instead of ground beef. Flavor it with fajita or taco seasoning. If you aren’t an olive person, you can easily leave them out. Try different cheeses, or add hot peppers that you enjoy. I love to serve mine with some salsa and sour cream to finish the dish out with perfection. If I have time, I even make some homemade guacamole. Amigo Pie is a family favorite that I love to change up and make a little different.