Western Beef and Cornmeal Pie Recipe
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Western Beef and Cornmeal Pie Recipe

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With this hearty main dish recipe, the bread is baked right in the casserole. The meal covers all four food groups, and it's a guaranteed family pleaser. —Darlene Alexander, Nekoosa, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep:25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep:25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexican-style corn, drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 452 calories, 23 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 1195 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. In a skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Stir in remaining filling ingredients; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all crust ingredients except 1/2 cup cheddar cheese; mix well. Spread on the bottom and up the sides of a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish or 10-in. ovenproof skillet.
  3. Pour filling into prepared crust. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25-30 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Western Beef and Cornmeal Pie in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p59

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Followed comment below and cooked crust 10 min and then added sauce.. Corneal crust turned out great although overpowered by sauce inside. Took longer than expectedto make and flavor of dish is two thumbs down at this home."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"Hubby and I both gave this a B . The crust cooked fine in my Corning Ware oval casserole dish, but it was a bit thick so I discarded some of it the second time. We noticed it is even better the second day!"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"I would have given this a higher rating except for one factor. The cornmeal crust was still mush on the bottom and sides, except the edges were done at 30 mins. It needs to be pre-baked for about 10 minutes before you put the filling in so the whole crust is crispy. I also made 2 changes. I didn't have baking powder so I used 2 small boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix. I also took out the sugar because BBQ sauce is so sweet. I don't know if this made the cornmeal crust so mushy, but I can't see what the difference would be from the scratch. We will try this again doing the pre-bake on the crust."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

"My husband and i liked this. I added 1/4 chopped onion little garlic powder and seasoning salt, in place of reg salt. Baked for 35-40 min. Then added more cheese after baking. Can use reg flour instead of all purpose. Turned out great!"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"The combination of flavors was really different for us. Neither my husband nor myself liked this dish at all. I followed the directions accurately but the barbecue sauce and tomato paste combination was just not good. The crust recipe was great, we just didn't like the filling."

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