Chili Pie: A Fall Favorite

Kudos to Disney’s Family Fun!!!  
This recipe is fabulous!
I love Disney’s Family Fun magazine.  It has so many great craft ideas, kid-friendly meal ideas, and much more.  There website has even more including fun activity ideas, party ideas, and free printables.  
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cayenne pepper to taste
2 1/2 cups canned pink or red kidney beans, rinsed and well drained

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter,chilled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup ice water


For the filling:

– Brown the meat with the garlic and bell pepper in the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking up the meat with your spoon as you stir.

– Add the tomatoes and seasonings and cook for 5 minutes or until the mixture has thickened slightly.

– Reduce the heat to low, add the drained beans, and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring frequently. Spoon the mixture into a 1 1/2-quart casserole or baking dish and let it cool while you prepare the crust.

For the pastry:

– Heat the oven to 400. Sift together the flour, cornmeal, and salt into a medium bowl.

– Cut in the butter until the mixture looks like, well, coarse meal. Add the water and toss the dough lightly with a fork until it begins to come together.

– Lightly gather it together some more, then press it into a disk. On a floured surface, roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick and slightly larger than your casserole.

– Place the rolled-out dough on top of the casserole, as you would for a pie. Trim the edges, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang, turn them under, and flute.

– Cut large slits into the crust to let the steam escape. If you’re up to it, you can decorate the crust with any dough scraps.

– Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is well browned. Serves 4.
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