Taco Cornbread Bake

Taco Cornbread Bake – our favorite Mexican casserole! Super simple to make with only a few ingredients and bakes in about 20 minutes. Ground beef, taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, cheese, and Jiffy Mix. Top the casserole with your favorite taco toppings and serve with some Mexican rice or a salad. Taco Tuesday never tasted so good!

Originally Posted 08/12/2011

slice of cornbread taco casserole on a plate with rice

Easy Mexican Casserole with Jiffy Mix

We’ve been making this easy Taco Cornbread Bake for as long as I can remember. It is super easy to make and tastes GREAT! Taco meat, black beans, cheese, Rotel tomatoes, and cornbread. It takes no time to put together and bakes in about 20 minutes. Top the casserole with your favorite taco toppings and serve with some Mexican rice. Taco Tuesday never tasted so good!

baking dish of taco cornbread casserole

How to Make Taco Cornbread Bake

This casserole is super easy to make. Start with cooking some ground beef in a skillet. Add water and taco seasoning. Simmer until the liquid is absorbed. Stir in black beans, diced tomatoes and green chiles, and cheddar cheese. Spread the mixture into a baking dish. Prepare a box of Jiffy Mix according to package directions. Spread the cornbread over the taco meat and bake. Top with a little extra cheese and bake just until melted.

  • Can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for the ground beef.
  • Feel free to add a can of corn, onions, or bell peppers to the meat mixture.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • Is Taco Cornbread Casserole spicy? We did not think this dish was spicy. If you are worried about the heat, make sure to use a can of MILD Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles.
  • Sometimes I substitute 1¼ cups of salsa for the Rotel tomatoes.
  • Can Taco Cornbread Bake be made in advance? If you want a really quick weeknight meal, you can mix up the taco meat mixture ahead of time and just top it with the cornbread batter right before baking.  
  • Can Taco Cornbread Bake be frozen? Yes. Bake the casserole as directed and cool completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. The casserole will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.
    • To reheat the casserole after freezing, thaw and bake covered in the oven for about 30 minutes. Can also reheat the thawed casserole in the microwave.
slice of cornbread taco casserole cut with a fork

What to Serve with Taco Casserole

As I said, this Mexican casserole is one of our all-time favorites. We like to top the casserole with some sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapeños. Olives, guacamole, and salsa are also good! You can really put this over the top with some QUESO DIP! YUM! We serve the dish with some Mexican rice or a quick salad. SOOOO good!

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slice of cornbread taco casserole on a plate with rice

Taco Cornbread Bake

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Taco Cornbread Bake – our favorite Mexican casserole! Super simple to make with only a few ingredients and bakes in about 20 minutes. Ground beef, taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, cheese, and Jiffy Mix. Top the casserole with your favorite taco toppings and serve with some Mexican rice or a salad. Taco Tuesday never tasted so good!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 (1-oz) packet taco seasoning
  • cup water
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8.5-oz) box Jiffy corn bread mix plus ingredients to make cornbread
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly spray an 8×8-inch dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water and taco seasoning. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in ½ cup of cheese, Rotel tomatoes and black beans. Spoon into baking dish.
  • Prepare the cornbread mix according to package directions for cornbread. Spread over beef mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for the ground beef.
  • Feel free to add a can of corn, onions, or bell peppers to the meat mixture.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • Is Taco Cornbread Casserole spicy? We did not think this dish was spicy. If you are worried about the heat, make sure to use a can of MILD Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles.
  • Sometimes I substitute 1¼ cups of salsa for the Rotel tomatoes.
  • Can Taco Cornbread Bake be made in advance? If you wanted a really quick weeknight meal, you can mix up the taco meat mixture ahead of time and just top it with the cornbread batter right before baking.  
  • Can Taco Cornbread Bake be frozen? Yes. Bake the casserole as directed and cool completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. The casserole will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.
    • To reheat the casserole after freezing, thaw and bake covered in the oven for about 30 minutes. Can also reheat the thawed casserole in the microwave.

Steph

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  1. I can’t have gluten any way I can make the corn bread gluten free? The jiffy has gluten in it so I can’t use it

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