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Tex-Mex Bean Bake with Cornbread Topping

I frequently cooked this dish when I was on the cross-country team in college. We loved this veggie-packed bake so much I would have to make two! For a meaty version, substitute shredded chicken for half of the potato. —Samantha Westveer, Kentwood, Michigan
  • 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 chiles
  • 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) cornbread/muffin mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup solid-pack pumpkin


  • 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.
  • Stir in beans, corn, chiles, salt and cumin; heat through. Stir in broth and cream cheese until blended. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine cornbread 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 310 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 645mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 7g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Mary
    Jan 28, 2019

    Made it last night. Added turnip, because I had one, partial can of tomatoes, because I had left over, Was worried it would be bland, added some extra spicy seasoning, and some taco seasoning. Used chicken broth. It is quite good!

  • candyriver
    Jan 26, 2019

    I use Jiffy mix often. Sometimes I add a can of Creamed Corn. Yummy