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Homemade or Jiffy Taco Cornbread Casserole

Taco cornbread casserole with ground beef and layered with cheddar cheese on top is comfort food baked in the oven. Cheap family friendly meal. You can make the breading from scratch in this case or use boxed like we did with our Jiffy Cowboy Casserole recipe.

Taco Cornbread Casserole

Taco casserole with cornbread layer is the ultimate feel good meal. Use spicy ground sausage or beef, corn and even black beans would be great inside. If you want new Mexican ground beef recipes on taco Tuesday this is always a winner with kids. (affiliate links present)

Cornbread Taco Bake

We didn’t add pasta inside the meat layer this time like we did with our Instant Pot Taco Casserole. You could boil some elbow macaroni to al dente beforehand and mix those in, about 1/2 cup uncooked, too if you wanted to. That is more Italian in nature though, instead I opted for corn kernels and diced tomatoes.

This sort of Hamburger HotDish is always a huge hit with everyone and a great way to use up leftovers too. If you had hamburgers the night before and looking for a way to use it up this would be a great second meal solution. You would never know it started off as precooked out of the fridge cooked the day before.

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Ground Beef Cornbread Casserole

When it comes to the meat you could use half spicy ground sausage and half beef if you wanted to add a bit of heat. I have done this with our Chili Cornbread Casserole before and it has always been a hit.

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A small onion diced
  • Minced garlic
  • Corn canned, drained or frozen
  • Tomato puree or tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced chiles 4 oz.
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Taco seasoning
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 c cheddar cheese

Then below is what I used for the cornbread layer. This one is rather basic but you could add a bit of heat like with our Jiffy Mexican Cornbread with diced chiles in it. Semi-homemade or from scratch works, just enough for a square baking dish, but a thin layer so you can layer the taco meat mixture over the top with cheese.

  • 1 egg
  • Cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

If you wanted quick easy peasy you could make your favorite taco meat, throw in some diced tomatoes and sour cream with boxed batter instead of from scratch for a Mexican Cornbread Casserole.

Ground Beef and Cornbread

Ground Beef and Cornbread

The combinations of these main two ingredients are really endless. This is always a winner but we have created Jiffy Tamale Pie too. I like to add a bit of spicy to that one and typically I will use a boxed mix instead of homemade for the breading. Also this time I poured the batter on top vs. the bottom here. Either way works really.

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a pan on the stovetop add olive oil until hot and then add diced onions with ground meat. Cook 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook until meat is no longer pink.
  • Then add chiles, tomato sauce, corn, salt and spices. Mix together.
  • Cook covered for 10 minutes on low heat.
  • Add sour cream and stir in, remove pan from heat. In a bowl combine ingredients for cornbread.
  • Spray 8×8″ pan and pour in batter. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Take out of oven, pour seasoned ground beef taco meat mixture over the top and bake for 15 minutes, then remove and sprinkle grated cheese over the top and bake for another 5-10 minutes until melted and lightly browned.
  • Serve scooped out topped with sour cream and chives.

Now if I have made Instant Pot tacos the night before I may have leftover proteins, I hate to waste so use that. Whether it was shredded beef or ground meats you would just want about 1 pound left to make it as directed below. Won’t need any browning in that case.

Ground Beef Cornbread Casserole

Taco Casserole

Now let’s go over some variations you could make to this, tweaks I like to say. Let’s start with the meat. Ground turkey is fine and will be lower in fat, but with less flavor. Ground chicken works with the same outcome.

Optional toppings or items you could include into the mix might be diced green onions, sliced olives or diced jalapenos for heat. Your cornbread mixture is best to use measurements below to only fill half of your pan, Jiffy cornbread mix is about the same amount vs. Krusteauz which I love but will fill the whole thing with no room for meat.

Cheeses are many. I love Mexican cheese blend that has some taco seasoning tossed in there with many of our Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Recipes. Sharp cheddar shredded cheese is my second choice. You can find dairy free varieties out there too. We love a lot and could add some into the middle as well as on the top, or remove all together if you’d rather.

Can you add meat to cornbread?

I would not add it into the batter itself, rather layered like our taco casserole recipe here. You can bake it on the bottom or pour over the top of your seasoned ground beef mixture and bake that way for a one pot dinner that is family friendly for all.

Cornbread Taco Bake

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Taco Cornbread Casserole

Taco cornbread casserole with ground beef and layered with cheddar cheese on top is comfort food baked in the oven. Cheap family friendly meal
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword casserole, cornbread, ground beef, taco
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 292kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Cornbread Layer

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. In a pan on the stovetop add olive oil until hot and then add diced onions with ground meat. Cook 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook until meat is no longer pink.
  • Then add chiles, tomato sauce, corn, salt and spices. Mix together. Cook covered for 10 minutes on low heat.
  • Add sour cream and stir in, remove pan from heat. In a bowl combine ingredients for cornbread.
  • Spray 8×8" pan and pour in batter. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Take out of oven, pour taco meat mixture over the top and bake for 15 minutes, then remove and sprinkle grated cheese over the top and bake for another 5-10 minutes until melted and lightly browned.
  • Serve scooped out topped with sour cream and chives.

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Nutrition Facts
Taco Cornbread Casserole
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 376mg16%
Potassium 443mg13%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 439IU9%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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