I kindof have a knack for spotting recipes that are going to taste good. When I saw the recipe for Cowboy Dinner from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, I knew it was going to be a good thing (no brainer, pretty much everything she makes is delicious). And it was. Beef, cheese and cornbread are a match made in heaven. And the salsa gives it a little zip, a different taste than the usual chili flavor.
I did tweak her original recipe quite a bit for convenience and our family size.
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 c chopped onions (use frozen!)
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 c chopped bell pepper (optional)
1 c salsa
1 c frozen corn kernels
1/2 to 1 can of beans (I use half a can of black beans)
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
1/3 c milk
1. In large skillet, brown the ground beef with onions, garlic and bell pepper.
2. Add salsa, corn and beans. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. In bowl, mix cornbread mix as directed using the egg and milk.
4. Pour beef mixture into 8x11 casserole dish. Top with cheese, and stir it into beef mixture a little.
5. Top with cornbread mixture, spreading it as much as possible.
6. Bake at 350 until cornbread is set and slightly brown (about 20 minutes).