Let’s talk easy weeknight recipes. I know many of you are looking for meal ideas that you can make in 30 minutes or less during the work week. I am too. So I have a good one that you can add to your weeknight meal plans. Check out my Cheesy Cornbread Casserole. *This post contains affiliate links to some of my favorite’s. Full Disclosure.
This is a recipe I learned from my paternal grandmother, almost 10 years ago. I adapted her original recipe by adding in some of my favorite seasonings, additions and cheeses. But it’s still the same delicious and simple dish I grew to love when visiting my grandma. I just gave it a cheesy kick!
I always loved it whenever Big Mama cooked for me, even if it was a simple breakfast of pop open canned biscuits and eggs. We used to have a lot of conversations about her homemade jams and how life used to be when my dad was younger. Moments I’ll always hold close to my heart.
She’d often tell me that she doesn’t really cook that much anymore, especially since there wasn’t anyone to cook for but herself. So whenever we’d visit, we never expected a big spread of food or a lot of trouble made about what we were going to eat. Often times, we cooked for ourselves or went out to dinner. It was never a big deal. It was just expected that that was the way that things were in big mama’s house.
I can still hear her fussing about all the groceries that my parents used to buy when we’d visit. She used to tell us to make sure we eat everything up before we go because she wasn’t gonna eat it and it would spoil. That was big mama.
Although she wasn’t a big time cook, I could always expect my grandma to make breakfast, spoil us with her delicious jams, apple butter, quilts and savory cornbread casserole.
Cheesy Cornbread Casserole
I hope you’ll love my Cheesy Cornbread Casserole as much as me and my family does. This dish is quick and easy. Be sure to bookmark this or add it to your meal plans. All you’ll need is a few cans of vegetables, some ground beef and a simple box of Jiffy Cornbread mix. So not only is this inexpensive to make, but this entire dish takes less than a half hour to make.
What You’ll Need
- Frying Pan
- 2 Mixing Bowls
- 9 x 13 Casserole Dish
- 1lb Lean Ground Beef
- 1 box Jiffy Cornbread Mix
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup of Milk
- Medium onion – diced
- 14.5oz. can of corn
- 14.5oz. can of green beans
- 14.5oz. can of diced tomatoes with green peppers & onion (ok to substitute for plain diced tomato)
- 1 cup Kraft shredded three cheese blend
- 2 packets Velvetta cheese sauce or 1 can of queso
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Seasoned Salt
- Black Pepper (to taste)
To prep (5 Mins): Preheat frying pan on stove top to Med-High heat. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dice onion and open/drain all cans. Make sure to drain any excess liquid from your canned tomatoes.
A good trick is to use the can top as a strainer. Press it down into the can to squeeze out any excess.
Add ground beef, onion and minced garlic to pre-heated frying pan. Let meat cook thoroughly.
While your ground beef is cooking, prepare your cornbread mix according to the package directions. In a small mixing bowl, add cornbread mix, egg and milk. Whisk until there are no lumps in the batter and set aside.
Stir the ground beef. If it is done, drain any remaining fat if preferred. Then, pour ground beef mixture into a large mixing bowl.
Add corn, green beans and diced tomatoes to your ground beef mixture. Stir well. Add seasonings (Garlic Salt, Seasoned Salt, Pepper) and mix again.
Pour ground beef mixture into casserole dish. Spread evenly making sure to cover the bottom of the dish.
Top with cheese sauce, making sure to distribute the sauce evenly over the ground beef. Then, sprinkle generously with shredded cheese.
Next, you’re gonna top it all off by covering the casserole with the prepared cornbread batter. Pour it evenly over the top making sure to cover any open spaces. Your dish should be entirely covered in corn bread batter.
Bake for 25 minutes or until batter is fully cooked. You can test it by inserting a butter knife into the center. If it comes out clean, it’s ready. Otherwise, just pop it back into the oven for 5 more minutes.
I hope you and your fam will love this dish just as much as mine does. It’s a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables and makes an excellent next day lunch. Enjoy!
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Do you have a favorite cheesy casserole?