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Zesty Beef Cornbread Dinner

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.


6-8 servings

These Southwestern inspired squares are delicious by themselves, of course—but the sauce gives them an extra "zing" of zesty flavor, and I never make this recipe without it!—Edith Lawler, Clinton, Missouri


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 can (8 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chili peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in ketchup and salt.
  2. Prepare corn muffin mix according to package directions. Spread half of the batter into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Spoon beef mixture over batter; sprinkle with cheese. Spread remaining batter over cheese.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Let bread stand for 5 minutes after removing from oven; cut into squares and spoon sauce over.

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