Western Beef and Corn Casserole Recipe
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Western Beef and Corn Casserole Recipe

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When our daughter was born, this easy-as-pie main dish went straight to the front of my recipe box! My husband really likes its Western flavors, and we raise some of the ingredients right here on our family farm! —Deb Poitz, Fort Morgan, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup hickory-flavored sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 434 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 1277mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining filling ingredients; set aside.
  2. For crust, in a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Fold in 1/2 cup cheese. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk and egg.
  3. Spread crust mixture over the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Pour filling into crust. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Western Beef and Corn Casserole in Country Woman March/April 1990, p31

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4412critter User ID: 2557271 13397
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"Great recipe but I changed out salsa for the tomato sauce and added black beans. I also used a box of corn bread and added a little flour (it was too runny) and added the corn bread to the bottom and sides. This was great the night of and maybe even better the next day!"

25kevin User ID: 2113564 10031
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"The online recipe is missing part of the sentence that should say "1/2 cup hickory-flavored or regular bbq sauce". Kind of an important phrase to be missing! I cut out the original recipe so have it in print. I have made this many times! I make one and half times the cornbread base and bake it in a 9 X 13 pan. Sometimes I add a can of black beans (drained & rinsed). Use 1 cup of frozen corn instead of canned. This is fantastic!"

TexasCookie User ID: 4277703 12851
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Hickory sauce would be a commercial barbecue sauce flavor. I use KC Masterpiece Hickory in this recipe and it's great."

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 13396
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"this looks good but I have a question. what is hickory-flavored sauce? where would I find it in the grocery store? thanks."

TexasCookie User ID: 4277703 201446
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"This dish is so much better than the fairly simple ingredients suggest. It is also very simple to make. I recommend it with no reservations."

jgfan User ID: 48477 32745
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009

"Cornmeal is found in the baking aisle near the flour. "

mammascookin User ID: 2528396 39648
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009

"OK maybe I'm an idiot but I could not find cornmeal at the grocery store. So I just used a box of corn bread muffin mix. It worked. Should I be looking in the baking section or the ethnic foods?

I agree with previous poster. I have a 3 1/2 and 22 mo. who loved eating this."

tattooedsuess User ID: 3440418 14187
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"This dish was positively delicious! I chose to bake mine in a deep casserole dish, and the crust turned out perfect. It was one of my favorites in a long time, and I will definately be making this one again and again. Even my picky 5 year old and 18 month old loved it! Thanks for such a delicious recipe!"

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