Cowboy Cornbread Casserole

It had potential. All the pieces are there – beef, cheese, cornbread, tomatoes. But it was, as my daughter in law said, confusing to the taste buds. Sweet, spicy, back to sweet, then off to a chili flavour – but no idea what to expect when looking at the contents of your fork.

I saw this on my Facebook feed yesterday and thought it was worth a try….potentially, but not as written.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 28oz can of tomatoes, chopped or whole and chopped, doesn’t matter
  • 1 can green chilis
  • 1 – 2 cups of peas (corn would be more fitting, but I found the peas in the freezer first)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 can of baked beans
  • 1 can of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar or whatever cheese you want/have
  • 1 recipe of cornbread – either use a mix or make from scratch

Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Prepare the cornbread batter. Grease a 9×13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 425 F…..make sure all pans are cleaned out of the oven and all previous spills are, as well, or you will end up with smoke to fill the house and a small oven fire. 🙂

When the beef is browned, add it, the spices, the peas, the cheese and the beans to the cornbread mixture and stir together. Transfer to the baking pan/casserole dish and put in the oven. Mine was pretty full so I ended up using 2 pans and they went in together for 25 minutes….20 would have been better.

This could have been good, as I said above, all the elements are there, but somehow, it just did not work.

If I make this again, the cornbread will become a top crust rather than having everything mixed in. It needs onion, garlic, bell peppers, black beans rather than baked beans (the original recipe called for ranch beans which I don’t think I’ve never seen in Calgary and doubt I would buy if I did find them). Chili baked beans might work. Actually, chili would probably be the best in this case, however, this keeps you from having to actually make chili.

The original recipe was:

  • 2 pks of cornbread mix (batter from scratch)
  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 1 can rotel (tomatoes & chilis, already together)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn ( I used peas)
  • 1 can ranch style beans (I used baked beans)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 pack taco seasoning (cumin, chili powder, paprika)

I’m sad to say, this was a fail….hardcore. I cannot imagine the original recipe would have been any better. I dumped a wackload of salsa on top of mine and that helped immensely, but it should not have needed it. 😦

Loki says, “I got a new calming collar put on me last night and now I’m practically comatose….until tomorrow”. The 60 day collar is super effective for 2-3 days, then moderately effective for 30 days. There is no way it could go 60 days….he’s a beast!

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