The problem with this recipe is that it wanted me to make my cornbread from scratch. I understand that some people may find this to be a positive, but knowing that I have a box of Jiffy Muffin Mix, or something similar means I plan on being lazy and just adding the ingredients I need. My surprise? For once, there's no Jiffy in the pantry. However, I did have a box of Krusteaz Natural Honey Cornbread . Double bonus, since you only need to add water to make it a mix!
I started by chopping the pepper, and spreading it throughout the bottom of a well greased pie dish. Truth? I used a whole pepper, and I probably should have used two pie plates since mine are small. However, I figured I was going for the "cram it in" approach, and all is fair in love and tamales! I then made my taco meat the way I normally would. I just added taco seasoning instead of many of the other ingredients, since taco mix generally contains all of them anyway. Plus, we buy McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix in the bulk size, so it only makes sense to keep with what you've got instead of starting from scratch every time.
It might not be the prettiest tamale you've ever seen, but I do believe I qualified that this was a white girl tamale and there was no holds barred! We sliced it up and served it with lettuce - I'm not sure what my shredded lettuce obsession is, just go with it! Thomas said it could have used something else, maybe more salsa or some guacamole, but I thought for a fake tamale it was pretty darn good (and it held its shape pretty well)!