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mexicali spoon bread casserole

★★★★★ 18
a recipe by
Tonya Young
Denison, IA

I have a weakness for Mexican food, so when I tasted this, I had to have the recipe! It's a fun alternative to the more traditional fare. The cayenne gives it a great kick!

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This casserole was a hit. Krissi and I are kind of the faint of stomach as far as heat goes. so we kind of questioned the cayenne AND the chili powder. But the men in the house loved it. If you are among the faint of stomach like us, you can certainly reduce the amount of heat. It would still be delicious.

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★★★★★ 18
serves 8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mexicali spoon bread casserole

  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 3/4 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 can
  • 1/2 c
    ripe olives, sliced
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper, optional
  • 15 oz
    tomato sauce
  • 1
    clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c
    green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 c
    chopped onion
  • 2 lg
    eggs, beaten

How To Make mexicali spoon bread casserole

  • 1
    Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook and stir the meat, onion, green pepper and garlic in a large skillet until the onion is tender and the meat is browned. Drain off the excess fat.
  • 2
    Stir in the tomato sauce, UNDRAINED corn, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, the chili powder, cayenne, if using, pepper and olives. Heat to boiling then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, while preparing the cornmeal topping.
  • 3
    Mix the milk, cornmeal and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir over medium heat just until the mixture boils. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese and eggs.
  • 4
    Turn the hot meat mixture into an ungreased 2 1/2 to 3-quart casserole.
  • 5
    Immediately pour the topping onto the meat mixture.
  • 6
    Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in the topping comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Serve hot.