You like comfort food? Who would actually answer no to that question? A fool. Anyway, yes, we all like comfort food and the best kind of comfort food is the kind that's actually decent for you too. Folks, I give you the tamale pie. My dear friend, Jenny, brought me this when Parker was about a week old and I was like, "MARRY ME." It's so good and food for the postpartum Mom is the best thing ever. It feels a bit decadent too because of the corn bread topping. Anyway, my pictures suck (nighttime! no flash!) but trust me when I say it's real good and you should give it a try. It's a highly adaptable recipe so I'm going to tell you how I made it and I'll include variations.
15 oz. corn bread box (or the equivalent of your homemade version)
1 lb. ground beef (you could use more but I always go light on the meat)
2 red peppers, diced (any color and amount would do)
1 onion, diced
half bag of frozen corn (this is just how much I had... a can, a bag, whatever)
salsa (any amount to give it some liquid)
sour cream (a couple spoonfuls, again, to moisten it)
cheddar cheese, grated (however much you want)
1 can black beans (if you don't like beans, skip it... or pinto, kidney... all would do)
optional: 1 can of condensed tomato soup (I didn't have any this time and didn't miss it)
optional: chili powder
It's easy. Cook beef. Add peppers + onion and sautee. Add corn to warm it up. Take off heat and add your sour cream, cheese, salsa, beans. Put it all in a 9x12 casserole dish. Take your favorite corn bread (ours is Trader Joes boxed. I will never attempt to make it myself because I'm in love with theirs) mix (already mixed up with the oil + eggs, etc.) and add it right to the top, uncooked, spreading it out evenly. Yeah, it seems weird to add raw corn bread mix to the top of the cooked meat + veggies but that's how it's done, people! Then cook it for 400 degrees for like 20-25 minutes or so. This is probably different than the corn bread baking directions but it still works. Just make sure the corn bread is truly cooked on top or the underside can be really undercooked since it's right on top of the casserole fixings.
Like I said, there are a ton of variations. I did it totally different this time then I did the last (it didn't call for cheese or sour cream or beans... but they work.) and I loved it. The kids all asked for seconds and it made my man go, "Mmmm." Winning!