Taco Cornbread Casserole is made with ground beef, taco seasoning, Rotel, corn and cheese, all underneath a layer of soft cornbread! This Mexican Cornbread Casserole is perfect for busy weeknight dinners and one that everyone will enjoy!
You are going to enjoy this cornbread casserole recipe because it is super fast and easy to throw together making it perfect for hectic days and weeknights. We love it as a fun twist for Taco Tuesday because it has similar flavors but it mixes up the usual go to meal for something a little different.
Easy Cornbread Taco Bake
This delicious recipe is both frugal and fun. Made with canned beans, hamburger meat, corn, and Rotel it is a flavor explosion in every bite. The fluffy Jiffy Cornbread on top helps to seal in that incredible flavor and add a little sweet contrast to the mix that all just works so perfectly together.
Ingredients for Jiffy Cornbread Taco Bake
-Ground Beef: You will need 1 pound of ground beef, but ground sausage can be used as well if that is your preference.
-Creamed corn: Use 1 15-ounce can of creamed corn to add in extra sweetness and to help thicken the filling.
-Mexi-corn: You will need 1 10-ounce can of Mexi-corn. If you cannot find this, then you can cut up a red pepper and use a can of whole sweet corn instead.
-Rotel: Add in 1 10-ounce can of Rotel and use any spice level you want. So if you want your dish mild or hot, the choice is yours.
-Pinto beans: Adding in 1 can of pinto beans, or black beans, will help to add in a little more protein and texture.
-Taco seasoning: You will need 1 ounce of taco seasoning to ensure that the filling is well flavored.
-Cheese: Use 2 cups of shredded cheese to make this dish perfect. The amount will be divided between steps and you can use any cheese, but cheddar and Mexican blends work best.
-Jiffy cornbread: Use 2 boxes of the Jiffy cornbread muffin mix (or bagged cornbread muffin mix).
-Eggs: 2 large eggs are needed for the cornbread.
-Milk: You will need ⅔ cups of milk to help moisten the cornbread mixture into a nice thick batter.
How to make Taco Cornbread Casserole
Making the filling
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then, spray the inside of a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. You can also use a 2-quart baking dish if preferred.
Then, in a large skillet, cook your hamburger or sausage until it’s no longer pink, and then drain off any excess grease from the meat.
Next, add in the taco seasoning to the meat mixture.
After that, add in the creamed corn, Mexi-corn, Rotel, and 1 ½ cups of the cheddar cheese, stir to combine.
Now, pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
Make the topping
In a mixing bowl combine the cornbread mix with the eggs and milk until well combined.
Proceed to spread the cornbread mixture over the top of the meat filling in the casserole dish.
Then, place the pan in the oven and then bake for 35-40 minutes. The cornbread is done when you can poke the center with a toothpick and have it come out clean.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.
Continue to bake for another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
Serve immediately, you can top with come sour cream if desired. Enjoy!
Taco Cornbread Casserole
- 1 pound ground beef
- 15 oz creamed corn
- 10 oz Mexi-corn
- 10 oz Rotel
- 14.5 oz pinto beans
- 1 oz taco Seasoning
- 2 cups shredded cheese divided
- 17 oz Jiffy cornbread muffin mix two 8.5 oz boxes
- 2 large eggs
- ⅔ cup milk
Making the filling
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then, spray the inside of a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. You can also use a 2-quart baking dish if preferred.
- Then, in a large skillet, cook your hamburger or sausage until it’s no longer pink, and then drain off any excess grease from the meat.
- Next, add in the taco seasoning to the meat mixture.
- After that, add in the creamed corn, Mexi-corn, Rotel, and 1 ½ cups of the cheddar cheese, stir to combine.
- Now, pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
Make the topping
- In a mixing bowl combine the cornbread mix with the eggs and milk until well combined.
- Proceed to spread the cornbread mixture over the top of the meat filling in the casserole dish.
- Then, place the pan in the oven and then bake for 35-40 minutes. The cornbread is done when you can poke the center with a toothpick and have it come out clean.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.
- Continue to bake for another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
- Serve immediately, you can top with come sour cream if desired. Enjoy!
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What are some Jiffy taco cornbread casserole toppings?
Some great topping ideas include chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, avocado slices, salsa, fresh sliced jalapeno, or pickled jalapeno. You can go as crazy with the toppings for this recipe as you want or keep it simple.
How long is taco casserole good for?
You can keep this taco cornbread casserole stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat your servings in the oven or microwave until warmed through before eating.
Can I freeze cornbread casserole?
Yes, this dish can be frozen for up to 3 months if you want an easy future dinner meal idea. Simply make and bake as directed and then let it cool completely before storing it in an airtight container. You can also simply store serving-sized leftovers to make smaller meals if desired.
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Taco cornbread casserole made with ground beef, taco seasoning, Rotel, corn & cheese, all underneath a layer of soft cornbread! Classic Jiffy Cornbread Taco Bake recipe perfect for busy weeknight dinners!
Do you drain mexicorn and beans ?
Yes, please drain these before using or the added moisture may make the recipe turn out differently than expected.
I am getting ready to make do I drain the beans?
I like to open a can of beans into a colander and then rinse the beans under cool running water to drain them and remove excess liquids off of them before using.
Diana harrington says
Would this work in a sheet pan? Double or triple it? Thinking for church potluck.
We have not tried this recipe in a sheet pan so we can’t say for certain. Sheet pans usually come in different sizes but for a 26×18 sheet pan you should be able to fit this recipe as-is (meaning no doubling needed) the bake time would also be reduced by about half. For a church potluck though, grabbing (1) disposable aluminum 9×13 baking pans and using them just sounds a tad more convenient and with less mess to clean up later. Anyways, if you try this recipe in a sheet pan, let us know how it goes, we’re all very interested to hear.
Emma wong says
How can half this recipe ? It’s just my husband and I eating this.
When do the beans go in? The recipe doesn’t state..
Im sorry for the confusion, the beans go in with the creamed corn
Can I prepare this the nite before and bake it the next morning
I dont see why not!
James Witt says
Just curious, I know to drain the mexicorn and drain and rinse the beans, what about the rotel? Do you drain them? Thanks!!
I usually do use the can lid and try and drain the Rotel James. No need to go crazy or anything, but YES to basic draining.
Ellen Fourroux says
Hi! I used to make a variation of this dish many years ago. I prefer sausage instead of Ground Beef now, but, what kind of sausage do you suggest? I get confused whenever some says, “You can use sausage if you like.” There are a million different kinds of sausage out there, so not sure what kind would be best. I appreciate the advice!
You can use basic Italian sausage or chorizo, if you don’t mind the heat! Even a ground chicken or turkey sausage would be great.
It was excellent will definitely make Thank you very much
Thanks Michael! Glad you enjoyed it!