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Easy Mexican Cornbread Casserole With Ground Beef

Satisfy your craving for Mexican food any night of the week with this family favorite!

My easy Mexican cornbread casserole with ground beef is a great way to fill everyone up and get dinner on the table without a fuss.

A Very Flavorful Dish

Mexican cornbread casserole with ground beef on a white plate. The casserole is topped with sour cream and shredded cheese.

It features a cornbread layer on top with a flavorful ground beef mixture below, seasoned with Mexican spices.

Best of all, it only takes a few ingredients to put it all together for an epic dinner everyone is going to want you to make again and again!

A Casserole Dish the Whole Family Will Love

When you make a hearty dinner, you’re less likely to hear that telltale rummaging through the pantry later on.

You know, when your kids complain they’re hungry and have to eat ALL the snacks.

But this one-dish meal has you covered in numerous ways.

For one, it’s got flavorful cornbread on top that no one can resist. For another, it checks off all the boxes for Mexican flavors that everyone loves.

And yes, it’s a one-dish meal that will make cleanup a breeze. 

Mexican cornbread casserole with ground beef on a white plate. The casserole is topped with sour cream and shredded cheese. The casserole dish is in the background along with a bowl of salsa and sour cream.

It’s a comforting and satisfying casserole, and you really don’t need much else with it except perhaps a fresh green salad or veggie side dish.

You can browse my collection for other recipes you can throw together in a flash to go along with this yummy casserole to make your dinner complete. 

Ingredients for The Mexican Beef Casserole

Ground Beef Casserole

  • Ground beef
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced onion
  • Taco seasoning
  • Whole kernel corn
  • Refried beans
  • Rotel with diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • Shredded Mexican cheese

Cornbread Topping

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sour cream
  • Egg

Full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Mexican cornbread casserole with ground beef on a white plate. The casserole is topped with sour cream and shredded cheese. The casserole dish is in the background along with a bowl of salsa and sour cream.

How To Make The Easy Mexican Cornbread Casserole With Ground Beef

  1. Cook the ground beef, onions, and garlic. Drain the grease and return the meat to the skillet.
  2. Next, add the taco seasoning, corn, refried beans, and Rotel, and mix well.
  3. Pour the meat mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish and spread out.
  4. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of the meat mixture.
  5. For the cornbread, add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  6. Next, add the milk, sour cream, and vegetable oil and mix well.
  7. Pour the cornbread mixture over the meat mixture and spread out.
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the cornbread is done baking.

Step-By-Step Instructions For How to Make My Easy Mexican Cornbread Casserole Recipe

Meat Mixture

Raw ground beef in a large saucepan.

Start by adding the ground beef to a large saucepan.

For this recipe, you can use regular ground beef, lean ground beef, or ground turkey.

Raw ground beef in a saucepan with onion and garlic.

Sprinkle the minced onion and garlic into the pan. Cook the three ingredients on medium heat. Drain the grease when done.

Ground beef, corn, Rotel, and taco seasoning in a saucepan.

Add the Rotel, corn, and taco seasoning and mix well.

Refried beans in a saucepan with ground beef, corn, and Rotel.

Next, add the can of refried beans to the saucepan and mix well.

Mexican ground beef casserole inside of a baking dish covered with shredded cheese.

Spread the meat mixture inside a greased casserole dish and sprinkle the Mexican cheese blend over the top.

Cornbread Topping

Cornmeal and flour in a clear glass mixing bowl.

Add the flour and cornmeal to a large mixing bowl.

Cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

Add the baking powder and salt to the bowl.

Pouring milk into cornbread batter.

Pour the milk into the bowl.

Pouring vegetable oil into the bowl with cornbread batter.

Next, pour the vegetable oil into the bowl.

Cornbread batter in a clear glass mixing bowl with sour cream and eggs.

Add the sour cream and egg and mix the ingredients.

Cornbread mixture spread out over a meat mixture in a casserole dish.

Pour the cornbread batter over the meat mixture and spread out.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the cornbread is done and golden brown on top.

In my recipe details further down, you’ll see this cornbread mixture is not from a mix. But you could use Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix if that’s what you’ve got on hand.

If you don’t have refried beans or you aren’t fond of them, you can swap those for black beans. And if cream-style corn is the only one you’ve got in your pantry, that will work too.

Cooked golden brown cornbread on top of meat mixture.

Optional Ingredients

As for toppings, I love to set out some more Mexican cheese blend, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

  • Chopped bell pepper
  • Green onions
  • Sliced black olives
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Chili powder to make it a little spicy.
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cream corn

Letting everyone add what they like will make them happy and turn your busy weeknight into a proper fiesta. 

How To Store The Casserole

Store the ground beef Mexican casserole in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated.

Mexican cornbread casserole with ground beef on a white plate. The casserole is topped with sour cream and shredded cheese. The casserole dish is in the background along with a bowl of salsa and sour cream.

Easy Mexican Cornbread Casserole With Ground Beef Recipe Card

This is a wonderful recipe when you need a full meal on a busy night.

It’s the kind of easy recipe that works wonders when your kids invite friends over without telling you to.

Full of bold and zesty flavors, it’s always a hit every time I serve it. I know you’re going to put this in your weekly menu rotation after everyone in your house goes wild for it!

Mexican cornbread casserole with ground beef on a white plate. The casserole is topped with sour cream and shredded cheese. The casserole dish is in the background along with a bowl of salsa and sour cream.

Easy Mexican Cornbread Casserole With Ground Beef

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Mexican cornbread casserole with ground beef is one of those Mexican dishes that everyone loves. The tasty dish is easy to make and is packed with large chunks of meat and delicious ingredients.

Ingredients

Ground Beef Casserole

  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 ounce package of taco seasoning
  • 15.25 can of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 16 ounce can of refried beans
  • 10 ounce can of Rotel with diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 cup of shredded Mexican cheese blend

Cornbread Topping

  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

Instructions

Ground Beef Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Brown ground beef in a skillet with minced onion and garlic. Drain the grease.
  3. Next, add the taco seasoning, corn, refried beans, and Rotel and mix.
  4. Pour into the casserole dish and spread out.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the ground beef mixture.

Cornbread Topping

  1. Add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Next, add the milk, vegetable oil, sour cream, and egg and mix.
  3. Spread the cornbread batter over the top of the meat mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown.

Notes

Some people like to sprinkle more shredded cheese over the top of the cornbread just before it finishes cooking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 682Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 944mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 43g

Nutrition is approximate.

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