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Mexican Beef & Cornbread Bake

Mexican Beef & Cornbread Bake is an easy, comforting casserole featuring a layer of taco-seasoned ground beef mixed with salsa, black beans, corn, and olives, and topped with green chile cheddar cornbread.

Mexican Beef and Cornbread Bake ~ taco-seasoned beef, black beans, and corn are topped with green chile cheddar cornbread in this quick, easy meal | FiveHeartHome.com

So…I realize that it’s technically not fall yet. And I am cognizant of the fact that temperatures around here will likely hover in the 90s through at least Halloween. However, the fact that summer vacation has ended means that we’re back to our hectic school year routine. I need fast, simple suppers, whether those come in the form of slow cooker wonders or cozy casseroles…99-degrees in September be darned. πŸ˜‰

Mexican Beef and Cornbread Bake ~ taco-seasoned beef, black beans, and corn are topped with green chile cheddar cornbread in this quick, easy meal | FiveHeartHome.com

This is one of those stand-by, ever popular recipes that I’ve had in my arsenal since I was a sprightly young newlywed. Is it fancy? No. Is it complicated? No. But is it speedy to make and pleasing to ingest by pretty much everyone? YES. Why yes, it is.

Mexican Beef and Cornbread Bake ~ taco-seasoned beef, black beans, and corn are topped with green chile cheddar cornbread in this quick, easy meal | FiveHeartHome.com Mexican Beef and Cornbread Bake is obviously not Mexican in the sense of authentic cuisine from the heart of Mexico…so don’t judge my title here. πŸ˜‰ Rather, it’s got more of an Americanized Tex-Mex vibe going, between the taco seasoning, salsa, black beans, corn, and black olives.

Mexican Beef and Cornbread Bake ~ taco-seasoned beef, black beans, and corn are topped with green chile cheddar cornbread in this quick, easy meal | FiveHeartHome.com The photos pretty much sum up the simplicity of this recipe. Just brown your ground beef, simmer it with a bit of salsa and taco seasoning, stir in the beans, corn, and olives (if you care for them), and spoon all of that savory deliciousness into a baking dish.

Then whip up a batch of cornbread, throwing in some diced green chiles and grated cheddar cheese for good measure. Spread the batter on top of the beef mixture and bake the whole shebang until it achieves a lovely shade of golden brown. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, additional salsa, diced avocado, or whatever else floats your boat. Prepare to go to bed full and happy.

Mexican Beef and Cornbread Bake ~ taco-seasoned beef, black beans, and corn are topped with green chile cheddar cornbread in this quick, easy meal | FiveHeartHome.com

Or if you are this poor, mistreated child, prepare to wail because your heartless mother sweetly asked you to scoot out from the background of her Mexican Beef & Cornbread Bake photo shoot. Let it be noted, however, that said heartless mother knew exactly what this little cutie was up to, seeing as how it’s been awhile since her sneaky little hand made a food photography cameo

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One final note…I always keep a jumbo jar of Homemade Taco Seasoning and a colossal container of Homemade Cornbread Mix in my pantry, and I use them both all the time. I like the convenience of having a prepared mix on hand without having to worry about the preservatives and questionable ingredients found in a lot of store-bought seasonings and mixes. It makes recipes like this one that much faster to put together while allowing me to control exactly what I’m feeding my family. (And if you’re interested in making your own mixes and kitchen staples, I’m always adding new recipes to that section of the blog!)

Mexican Beef and Cornbread Bake ~ taco-seasoned beef, black beans, and corn are topped with green chile cheddar cornbread in this quick, easy meal | FiveHeartHome.com

Well, that’s pretty much it, folks! Even if the season and the temperatures haven’t quite reached comfort food status yet, they’ll get there soon enough. In the meantime, I’m taking full advantage of every quick, easy meal in my repertoire…and this happens to be one of my family’s favorites. Enjoy!

Mexican Beef and Cornbread Bake ~ taco-seasoned beef, black beans, and corn are topped with green chile cheddar cornbread in this quick, easy meal | FiveHeartHome.com

Mexican Beef & Cornbread Bake

Yield: 6 servings

Mexican Beef & Cornbread Bake

Mexican Beef & Cornbread Bake is an easy, comforting casserole featuring a layer of taco-seasoned ground beef mixed with salsa, black beans, corn, and olives, and topped with green chile cheddar cornbread.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning (OR 1 package store-bought taco seasoning)
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 (2.25-oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 batch Homemade Cornbread Mix (OR 1 (8.5-oz.) package store-bought cornbread mix), plus ingredients to prepare as directed
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles

Instructions

  1. With oven rack in center position, preheat oven to 350Β°F. Lightly grease or spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Set a pot or large skillet over medium heat and cook ground beef until browned. Drain grease, stir in salsa and taco seasoning, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes on low until thickened. Stir in black beans, corn, and black olives, and transfer mixture to prepared baking dish, spreading it in an even layer.
  3. Prepare cornbread batter according to package directions, stirring in cheddar cheese and green chiles until just combined. Spread batter over beef mixture, smoothing to edges of dish. Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until cornbread is golden brown and tests done with a toothpick. Serve with sour cream, additional salsa, cheddar cheese, black olives, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, or your favorite garnishes.

Notes

You may use something other than an 8-inch square baking dish as long as it has a similar capacity. Just make sure it's not too deep or the cornbread may not cook through.

Use mild salsa, or even tomato sauce, for a mild dish. Use hot salsa if you prefer more spice. You may omit the green chiles if you wish, but they are typically pretty mild (unless they are labeled hot).

Corn does not have to be completely thawed. I typically toss it in a colander on top of the black beans and rinse everything together, which partially thaws the corn.

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Adapted from Ortega.

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Comments

  1. Debbie Caraballo says:

    Delicious! I love anything with the flavors of Mexican food! Pinning for later….have a wonderful rest of the week!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Deb…I hope you enjoy this one! Hope you’ve had a great week and that your weekend is even better! πŸ™‚

  2. My elder boy was be doing hand stands over this recipe. It looks delicious. You posted a classic picture of your little girl. Poor darlin’—so sad/mad

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Oh good, Carol…I hope your son (and entire family) enjoy this one if you have a chance to try it! And yes, my daughter will turn 2 in a couple of weeks…she’s perfected her sad/mad face, but fortunately, it typically passes quickly and she’s generally pretty happy. πŸ™‚ Have a fabulous Friday!

  3. Cara Okupski says:

    Thank you for the delicious recipe. I made it last night and the family LOVED it and devoured it!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy to hear that, Cara! I’m glad that your family enjoyed this and I really appreciate you taking the time to come back and let me know. πŸ™‚ Hope your week is off to a great start!

  4. This dish looks great! I had a little friend join me for photos today too. I only had a little corner to shoot from. Thanks for linking up at Saturday Night Fever!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha ha, Jaren…aren’t little friends the best?! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that I plan to make your taco casserole for game day Sunday!

  6. My picky eaters and I all loved this recipe! My entire menu for the week is from your blog! Can’t wait to try the King Ranch Chicken and the Chicken Spaghetti. I have never made either and I’m sure your recipes are the best to start with!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy that y’all enjoyed this, Tina! I hope that the rest of your menu this week goes over just as well… πŸ˜‰ It makes my day to hear that you’re having success with my recipes. Thanks for taking the time to let me know, and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  7. Hello. My question is when adding the ingredients I noticed it didn’t say add water. Was this accidentally omitted? I added about 1/2 cup since the taco mix called for 1cup.
    Let me know
    Thanks
    Charles

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Charles! Great question. πŸ™‚ I usually don’t add water with the taco seasoning when making this recipe since the salsa is already pretty liquid-y. That being said, feel free to add some water if it seems to help the beef absorb the taco seasoning. I don’t think you can go wrong either way. πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed this recipe, and I hope you have a great rest of the week!

  8. Karen Moran says:

    I totally love that photo with the luscious green salad with berries, and the (also luscious!) little hand intruding!

    https://www.instagram.com/p/lsgSQ_HZc3/?modal=true

    This will be a real classic in years to come.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha, Karen…thanks! That little hand found its way into a lot of my food photos over the years… πŸ˜‰

  9. I tried your recipe yesterday for a pot luck and it was a HUGE hit. I also made a vegetarian version using chopped cremini mushrooms and it turned out well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So happy to hear it, Kathi! And I love the idea of your cremini mushroom version…thanks for sharing that! πŸ™‚

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