Pork Picadillo Tamale Pie

Blogger Bree Hester of bakedbree.com shares a favorite recipe. A take on the Latin classic, Pork Picadillo.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 6

Pork Mixture

3
tablespoons olive oil
3/4
lb lean ground pork
1
chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4
teaspoon ground allspice
1
small onion, chopped
3
cloves garlic, chopped
1
tablespoon packed brown sugar
3
tablespoons tomato paste
3
tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4
cup sliced green olives
1
tablespoon capers
Salt and pepper
1
cup water

Topping

3
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1
cup instant (quick-cooking) polenta
2
tablespoons butter
1
tablespoon honey
Salt and pepper
1 1/2
cups shredded smoked Cheddar cheese (6 oz)

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook, breaking up clumps with spoon. Stir in chile, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, pepper flakes and allspice. Cook about 6 minutes or until pork is no longer pink. Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes longer.
  • 2 Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, olives and capers. Season well with salt and pepper. Add water; reduce heat so mixture simmers. Simmer 15 minutes (sauce will thicken).
  • 3 Meanwhile, heat oven to 450°F. In 3-quart saucepan, heat chicken broth to boiling. With whisk, slowly stir in polenta. Cook about 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until polenta thickens. Stir in butter and honey. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • 4 Pour pork mixture into ungreased 12x8-inch (2-quart) glass or ceramic baking dish. Spread polenta mixture over pork mixture. Sprinkle cheese over top.
  • 5 Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts and bubbles.

Expert Tips

The pork mixture would be delicious on a bun, like a sloppy joe.

You could also use the pork mixture to make Latin-inspired tacos.