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Mexicali Spoon Bread Casserole

No recipe image available.A tasty Mexican meat sauce, with bell pepper, corn and sliced black olives, is topped with a cornbread crust and cheddar cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12-ounce) can corn, undrained
2 teaspoons salt - divided use
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 large eggs

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cook ground beef, chopped onion, chopped green bell pepper, and crushed garlic clove in a large skillet until the onion is tender and the meat is browned; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, canned corn (undrained), 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, chili powder, pepper, and sliced black olives. Heat to boiling then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine milk, cornmeal, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat just until the mixture boils. Remove from the heat and stir in shredded cheddar cheese and eggs.
  3. Pour the ground beef mixture into an ungreased 3-quart baking dish and immediately pour the topping onto the meat mixture.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C), uncovered, until the center is set, about 40 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.