Comfort Food: Sweet & Spicy Cornbread Casserole

sweet spicy cornbread casserole

Winter is back in full force and I’ve been cooking dishes that need to spend a little time in the oven. Turning the oven on means our home gets a little bit warmer and baking a comforting meal is good for warming the family up from the inside out! This Cornbread & Hamburger casserole is a quick way to toss together ordinary items that everyone loves.

The hearty filling has a slight heat to it from mild Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and chilies. To kick it up a notch, use the hotter variety. Each square is topped with slightly sweet cornbread. I use Jiffy mix since it’s easy and tastes great but it would also be delicious with from-scratch cornbread — just add a bit of sugar to sweeten it up. Eat it hot out of the oven as-is. Or, if you want to dress it up, top with a sprinkle of cheese and dollop of sour cream.

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Sweet & Spicy Cornbread Casserole
 
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Sweet cornbread topping and slightly spicy hamburger filling meld well in this warming casserole.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 10
Ingredients
Filling
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1 14.5oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 10oz can Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and green chilies (mild)
  • 1 19oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 Tbs parsley (or ¼ c fresh)
  • ½ – 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp celery seed
  • ½ tsp salt
Topping
  • 2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ c milk
  • 1 Tbs sugar
Optional
  • ½ – 1 c cheddar cheese, shredded
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 9″x13″ casserole dish with non-stick spray, set aside.
  3. In large skillet, cook ground beef, onions and pepper until beef is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
  4. Stir in remaining filling ingredients.
  5. Bring to a simmer over med heat and simmer 5 minutes, to heat through.
  6. For topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the cornbread mix, eggs, milk and sugar.
  7. Pour ground beef mixture into prepared casserole dish.
  8. Top with cornbread batter and spread lightly to cover filling.
  9. Bake in preheated oven 30 – 35 minutes, until cornbread is cooked through.
  10. Store leftovers tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.
Notes
You can either top the cornbread batter with cheese before baking, or add a sprinkle to individual servings along with some sour cream. Tastes great as leftovers!

 

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Comments

  1. 1

    This looks so good! I’m going to try it this week. Thanks for the great idea.

  2. 2

    I make something like that too and it’s delicious! Now I’m craving this!
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  3. 3

    Pinned this to my brand new board titled “food I would definitely eat.” Hillbilly cuisine at it’s finest combining various ingredients to make a simple meal.

    Gonna put this recipe right next to my “tater pie” recipe…

    Just sayin

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  4. 5

    As long as I take a Zantac first, this sounds amazing!!!!

  5. 6

    WOW! This sounds great. I love a meal-in-one dish :). Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Katy recently posted…My Baby Turned 18My Profile

  6. 7

    Cornbread makes any dish taste good, it’s one of my faves and we don’t eat it near enough. This looks delish.
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  7. 8

    Oooh this looks and sounds delicious! Hearty and perfect for this time of year!
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  8. 9

    Sounds delish. Would it work if the cornbread was on the bottom as well or instead of?
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    • 10

      I think it would be really good with the cornbread on the bottom! I’ve seen some dishes cooked that way before, I just haven’t tried it yet — let me know if you do!

  9. 11

    I tried this recipes and it was amazing! Thank you so much for posting it.

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