Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

I've been eating this dish for 20 years. It's a great, filling, feel-good dinner.


  1. In skillet brown beef with onion, green pepper, and garlic; pour off fat.
  2. Stir in corn, tomato paste, 1-1/2 cups water, olives, chili powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Simmer 20-25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, stir cornmeal and 1/2 teaspoon salt into 2 cup cold water; cook in saucepan over medium heat, stirring until thickened (about 15 minutes).
  4. Stir cheese into meat mixure until melted; pour into 2-quart baking dish.
  5. Spoon cornmeal mixture over meat (it will look like dumplings sitting on top of meat mixture).
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Makes 6 servings.