Tex-Mex Bean Bake with Corn Bread Topping Recipe

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I frequently cooked this dish when I was on the cross country team in college. We loved this veggie-packed bake so much that I would have to make two! For a meaty version, substitute half of the potato with shredded chicken.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup solid-pack pumpkin


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato, onion and peppers; cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until potato is cooked halfway through.
  2. Stir in beans, corn, chilies, salt and cumin; heat through. Stir in broth and cream cheese until blended. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, combine corn bread mix, egg, milk and pumpkin. Spoon over bean mixture. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the topping portion comes out clean.
    To Make Ahead: Can be made a day in advance. Prepare as directed, omitting topping. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Prepare topping and bake as directed.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tex-Mex Bean Bake with Corn Bread Topping in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2016, p194

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