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Mexicali Spoon Bread Casserole

Mexicali Spoon Bread Casserole

Similar to a tamale pie recipe. Sometimes referred to as the most delicious thing there ever was, this aromatic mix of ground beef, tomato sauce and, spices, topped with a cheesy polenta style cornbread-like topping baked as a casserole is certain to become a family favorite.















Meat mixture
1 ½ pounds ground beef, lean
1 cup onions
¼ cup green bell peppers
1 clove garlic
15 ounces tomato sauce
12 ounces corn kernels, canned
thawed, frozen corn works as well
1 ½ teaspoons salt
teaspoon black pepper
½ cup olives
ripe, sliced
Cornmeal topping
1 ½ cups milk
½ cup cornmeal
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup cheddar cheese
2 large eggs


Heat the oven to 375℉ (190℃).

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef onion, green pepper, and garlic until the onion is translucent and the ground beef is browned.

Drain off any excess fat. Stir in the tomato sauce, undrained canned corn, 1½ teaspoons salt, the chili powder, black pepper, and sliced olives.

Heat to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer; uncovered, while preparing the cornmeal topping.

Add the milk and ½ teaspoon of salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat (stir frequently to make sure the milk doesn't scorch).

Rapidly whisk in the cornmeal, bring back to a boil and remove from heat. The mixture will be quite thick.

Remove from the heat and stir in the eggs and cheese.

Turn the hot beef mixture into an ungreased 1½ to 3-quart (2 to 3 liter) casserole. Immediately spoon/pour the topping onto the beef mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven, uncovered until a knife inserted in the topping comes out clean, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Serve hot.


* not incl. in nutrient facts


about 1 year

We loved the cheese infused cornbread/polenta style topping and the ground beef mixture was flavorful. Will make again. Great combination of ingredients that we always have on hand. Made a solid weeknight dinner.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 274g (9.7 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 34041% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 855mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 10%
Sugars g
Protein 59g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 22%
Calcium 17% Iron 20%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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