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Cowboy Casserole – with a cheesy cornbread topping

This beefy, cheesy, cornbread-y Cowboy Casserole is the ultimate comfort dish, perfect for chilly evenings!

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 this casserole a little zip, a different taste than the usual chili flavor.

Cowboy Casserole - beefy, cheesy cornbread-y YUM!

YUM.

I did tweak her original recipe quite a bit for convenience and our family size.

Yield: Serves 6

Cowboy Casserole - with a cheesy cornbread topping

Cowboy Casserole - with a cheesy cornbread topping

This beefy, cheesy, cornbread-y Cowboy Casserole is the ultimate comfort dish, perfect for chilly evenings!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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, make cornbread mix as directed using the egg and milk.
  4. Pour beef mixture into 8×11 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).
If you love this recipe, you’ll probably like my recipe for Encha-Mac (enchilada mac and cheese) and my Simple Chili recipe! Another great family casserole recipe is Baked Spaghetti. Yummy!

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Cowboy Casserole - beefy, cheesy, cornbread-y with a bit of a kick!

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janie Morrison

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

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

janie Morrison

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

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

DeDe

Thursday 6th of March 2014

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

Dogglover

Friday 8th of November 2013

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

sroan05

Monday 30th of September 2013

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!

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Saturday 5th of October 2013

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

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