Cornbread With Ground Beef Casserole

 The Cornbread casserole topped with Greek yogurt and a little cilantro. It sides well with Spanish rice!
The Cornbread casserole topped with Greek yogurt and a little cilantro. It sides well with Spanish rice!
   Home grown banana peppers with other key ingredients.
Home grown banana peppers with other key ingredients.
 The bottom layer heated in a 350 degree oven to the point where it doesn't run.
The bottom layer heated in a 350 degree oven to the point where it doesn't run.
 Meat, garlic, onions and banana peppers browned and ready for tomatoes.
Meat, garlic, onions and banana peppers browned and ready for tomatoes.
 Tomatoes, salsa, black olives, and whole corn ready for the casserole dish.
Tomatoes, salsa, black olives, and whole corn ready for the casserole dish.
 In the casserole dish ready for cornbread layer.
In the casserole dish ready for cornbread layer.
 Cornbread layer added.
Cornbread layer added.
 1 cup of cheddar cheese added to top.
1 cup of cheddar cheese added to top.
  About half an hour in the oven at 350 degrees to a golden brown.
About half an hour in the oven at 350 degrees to a golden brown.
 After 5 minutes cut and ready to eat!
After 5 minutes cut and ready to eat!

A Southwestern Taste That Celebrates Corn!

Corn the corner stone for many meals.So many of Mexican and Native American dishes are crafted on or designed to use the ancient vegetable known as Maze or corn. This casserole dish does exactly that. It uses yellow cornbread and whole corn kernels with ground beef, black olives, onions, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, salsa and chili powder to achieve a great southwest taste that celebrates the taste of corn. The moisture from the meat and cheese keeps the cornbread from being dry and what you end up with is a casserole that tastes very similar to an enchilada casserole only with beef, corn and of course cornbread! This dish is ideally suited to feed a lot of people. It can be prepared in a 13 x 9 x 2 in casserole dish and can feed 8-10 people. It can be served with a side salad, but it is ideally paired with Spanish rice. The reason that the two are so well paired is because they both have onions, black olives and chili powder.

Ingredients

Cornbread Mix

2 cups of yellow self rising cornbread mix

11/4 cups milk

1 large egg

1/4 Cup of vegetable oil or butter

Meat filling mixture

2 Lbs. ground beef

16 Oz of stewed tomatoes

3/4 Cup of chunky salsa

16 Oz. of can whole kernel corn

20 Med black olives sliced

2Tbs.olive oil

1 Medium onion chopped

5 Medium banana peppers

1 Tbs. Minced garlic

2 Cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

2 Tbs. chili powder

1/8 Tsp. salt

1/8 Tsp. pepper

Directions

Prepare the bottom layer. Prepare the cornbread mix by combining all of the cornbread mix ingredients: 2 cups of yellow self rising cornmeal mix,11/4 cups milk, 1 large egg, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil or butter into a blender and mix for about 20 seconds, to smooth out. Pour half of the mixture from the blender into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch casserole dish, spread it all over the bottom of the dish, then place it into an oven at 350 degrees for a 5-7 or until it is just barely set up(it doesn't move around when you tilt the dish). Then take it out and set it aside.

Preparing the meat filing. Put 2 table spoons of olive oil into a hot pan on medium heat. Add 2 pounds of ground beef, add 1/8 tsp of salt and pepper, then add the chopped banana peppers. Continue to brown and drain off the fat from the ground beef until it is half brown and then add chopped onions and 1 tables spoon of minced garlic. When the meat is completely brown and all fat is drained add a 3/4 cup of salsa and 16 oz. of stewed tomatoes. Next add the chopped black olives and 2 Tbs. of chili powder and 16 oz. of can corn. Cook until onions and peppers are tender and add one cup of cheddar cheese and spoon entire meat mixture evenly over bottom layer of cornbread in casserole dish.

Preparing the top & baking. Top with remaining cornbread mixture left in blender and top with 1 cup of cheddar cheese and place in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until brown. Wait 5 minutes and then serve! 

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

A delightfuly interesting meal..that as a Cajun would use red pepper instead of black pepper,great hub Nifty@50;)


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Mentalist acer for your post! This is a great dish to spice up the heat on by adding red pepper, cayenne, hot sauce, green chilies, jalapenos or jalapeno cheese(my favorite)!


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Angelllite 6 years ago from United States

Love it! Hey don't forget the popcorn!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Angelllite for you post! I guess pop corn would be a good dish to spice up, ( I like hot pork rinds)!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks saleheensblog for your post! The one thing about cornbread that i don't like is it tends to be dry! This dish however, is not! The cheese and juices from the meat melt together with the cornbread to make a wonderful tasting casserole!


olegeorgia peach 6 years ago

Sorry I missed out on this one. It looks really good.

Looks like a good Church Social Dish.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Yes, I agree this would be a great part of any pot luck gathering! It taste great by it's self or with rice and a salad! Thanks olegeorgia peach for your comment!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Oooh my goodness nifty! I've only had this once, but is was just sooooo good. It is not a meal that one would want to eat every day, but it does make a southern girl happy to have the recipe. Definitely, bookmarking this one. :)


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Money Glitch for your post! This is the ticket when you want to have your cornbread, corn or Tex-Mex fix!

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