Cheesy Mexican Cornbread Squares

Cheesy Mexican Cornbread Squares

Mexican cornbread casserole is a south-of-the-border inspired main dish and will be a family favorite of kids and adults alike.

45 min. prep time
8 servings
454 Ratings



1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 small (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
1 (16-ounce) jar mild thick and chunky salsa
1 (11-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 to 2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon chili powder


1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk*
2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
2 Land O Lakes® Eggs, slightly beaten
8 ounces (2 cups) shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced ripe olives, drained


Sour cream
Salsa, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch baking pan; set aside.

Cook ground beef in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 10-12 minutes or until no longer pink; drain. Stir in all remaining filling ingredients. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes; set aside.

Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl. Stir in buttermilk, butter and eggs just until moistened. Spread onto bottom of prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Spread meat mixture evenly over cheese. Bake 30-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and olives. Continue baking 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

*Substitute 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1 cup; let stand 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 450

Fat: 21g

Cholesterol: 125mg

Sodium: 1350mg

Carbohydrates: 37g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Protein: 29g

Recipe #5856©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Made this tonight as a side dish , was excellent. Need sour cream to go on top, can be a little dry.
This recipe has been one of our family favorites for years (we have it in a small Land o Lakes recipe book). We're not vegetarians but we actually have only made this with the meat maybe twice... the veggie version is our regular thing!

Omit the meat and sautee onions and around 2 cups chopped peppers (red, orange or whatever you have) before adding the remaining filling ingredients. Instead of using all cheddar cheese for sprinkling towards the end we sometimes mix in monterey jack.
This was very good, I made it w/o the beef and used black beans instead. Will make again and probably vary it each time.
This is a definite keeper! What I really enjoyed about this is that it doesn't just call for a taco seasoning packet like a lot of "Mexican" recipes. The cornbread is delicious - I plan to make it by itself. I used the Mild Salsa like the recipe calls for and am going to try Medium next time to spice it up a bit more. Yummy!
This recipe went over well with my great-grands. I was afraid it might be a little too spicy but at the rate it was eaten I did not have to worry. It was just right and delicious.

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