4-H Corn Special Recipe

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Donetta Brunner of Savanna, Illinois traces this hearty main dish back to a 4-H cooking project. "I liked the recipe immediately, and it has traveled through the years with me to become a favorite with my children and husband, too. The only change I've made to the original is to add extra seasonings."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups seeded chopped fresh tomatoes or 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups fresh, frozen or canned sweet corn
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup crushed saltines
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 256 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein


  1. In a large skillet, brown beef and onion; drain. Stir in rice, tomatoes, corn, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine cracker crumbs and butter; sprinkle on top. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as 4-H Corn Special in Taste of Home August/September 1994, p45

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Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

"I liked this--the family didn't."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"I use this same meat mixture, but place the meat inside bell peppers. My family loves it!"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"I also added a bit of garlic powder. It was a very good gluten free meal with the saltines excluded. I served tortilla chips with it for the needed crunch."

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"We've been making this for years now and still enjoy it."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"This tasted great! My husband loved it. We got about 3 meals out of this. Very economical. Filling and sits on your stomach well. The only change I made was adding a little over a tsp of garlic powder - because we love garlic on everything. Definitely making this again."

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