“This is one of my favorite recipes out of my Best-Ever Casseroles cookbook. It's basically a southwestern chili topped with a cornbread crust. I think the key is the type of cornbread mix you use. I use Firenza Traditional Sweet Cornbread mix. It is the best cornbread mix ever!!! It's hard to find in the grocery store, but it can be ordered online at www.great-recipes.com. It's not cheap, but it is worth every penny ($5.00/box). One box is perfect if you double the recipe and use a very large skillet, just make sure to prepare the cornbread per the instructions on the box. It makes great leftovers.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 red peppers, cut into 2-inch squares (I prefer to dice them)
  • 14 cup onion, chopped
  • 15 ounces can baked beans
  • 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning mix
  • 8 12 ounces cornbread mix
  • 1 egg
  • 13 cup milk


  1. Combine ground beef, peppers and onion in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat; heat and stir until beef is browned and onion is translucent. Drain.
  2. Add beans and fajita seasoning; heat through, stirring frequently. Spread out evenly in skillet; set aside.
  3. Mix cornbread with egg and milk according to package directions. spread evenly over ground beef mixture in skillet; place skillet in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cornbread layer comes out clean.
  4. Let cool slightly before serving; cut into wedges. Serves 6.

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