September 20, 2013

cowboy casserole

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.

Cowboy Casserole
Serves 4-6

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 egg
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).


  1. oh my gosh, this looks so yum! beef and cheese and cornbread?! yum yum yum!

  2. This looks so good - pinned!

  3. Made this tonight! Added 1/2 pack of chili seasoning and a can of tomato sauce...used a pepper and onion blend and 1lb of hamburger instead too. Turned out amazing!

    1. Glad to hear it! I might have to try it like that. :)

  4. I've made this a couple of times and both my husband and I love it!! So yummy!

  5. Made this last night and it was YUM! Pinned it too :)

  6. I made it today for dinner! Amazing. Family loved it! Thanks so much!

  7. I made it today for dinner! Amazing. Family loved it! Thanks so much!