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Corn Bread-Topped Frijoles Recipe
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Corn Bread-Topped Frijoles Recipe

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“My family often requests this economical, slow-cooker favorite. It's loaded with fresh Southwestern flavors. One batch makes several servings-but it never lasts long at our house!” —Suzanne Caldwell, Artesia, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 can (8-1/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 367 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 708 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 14 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, pepper and pepper sauce. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine the eggs, milk, corn and oil; add to dry ingredients and mix well. Spoon evenly over bean mixture.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center of corn bread comes out clean. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Corn Bread-Topped Frijoles in Country Woman February/March 2009, p24

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"Putting it all together in the slow cooker did not work for me. The cornbread was not close to being done after 2 hrs - I scraped it off and threw it in the oven to finish cooking. All of the bean/tomato sauce seeped into it as well which probably caused it to not cook fully. The meal was salvaged and we did enjoy the flavors. I am trying it again but cooking the beans and cornbread separately."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"I would make this but I would put it in the oven. Go ahead heat the beans ect then pour cornbread over hot mixture, Bake for 45 min at 400 or until you are sure it's done."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"I just looked in my crockpot after 2 1/2 hours and the cornbread is not close to being done. I had to take it out because the beans are now burning the bottom of my cooker. I'm putting it in the oven and hoping for the best. It just may be a pizza night though. Just wish I read these reviews before and not after trying to make it."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"This was just okay. I liked the flavor but as someone else said, there is way too much cornbread. I agree the cornbread needs to be halved and maybe even double the bean mixture!! After I put the cornbread on top it only took about 90 minutes to cook, but I think my crockpot cooks a little hot. I'm not sure if I'll make it again."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"So far it's been 3 hours since I added the corn bread topping and most of corn bread is still raw. Followed directions exactly and I have a new slow cooker. I would not make this again."

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