The Larson Lingo · Oct 19, 2018

Taco Cornbread Casserole

Growing up, we had some sort of casserole for dinner each week.
I think the word casserole gets a bad rap sometimes because in the 80's & 90's many casseroles were filled with "cream of soups" and cheese. Lots of cheese.
But, casseroles CAN be healthy! And good for you!
Whenever I see a casserole recipe, I try and "healthy" it up and add fresh ingredients to it and also as a garnish.
The beauty of casseroles is that you can make them ahead of time.
Here is a casserole that is a family favorite!
Here is what you need:
- 1 lb of ground turkey - 1 cup of diced onion - 1 packet of Taco seasoning (I use the less sodium one) - 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained -1 can of corn, rinsed and drained - 1 cup of your favorite Salsa (I use fresh salsa from the refrigerated section) - Shredded Cheese - 1 box of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix (plus the ingredients needed to for the mix which is 1/3 cup milk and 1 egg)
Directions: In a skillet, cook the ground turkey with the packet of taco seasoning and 1 cup of diced onions.
Note: You are NOT adding water to the taco seasoning mix.
When the ground turkey, onion & taco seasoning is done cooking, add 1 cup of salsa, drained black beans & drained corn to the mixture.
Simmer for 5 minutes so all the flavors combine.
While the mixture is simmering, mix the Jiffy Corn bread mix per the package directions (you will need to add 1 egg & 1 2/3 cups of milk) Spread the cornbread mixture in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. I spray the pan with Pam before I add the cornbread mixture.
DO NOT COOK THE CORNBREAD YET. Add the mixture to the uncooked cornbread:
Cover with foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Take off the foil and cover the top with shredded cheese:
Bake (uncovered) for 10 minutes (or until cheese is all melted)
Let cool for a few minutes & then you are ready to serve it!
We love garnishing it with avocado & cilantro on top.
I also like to add sour cream & more fresh salsa.
The cornbread on the bottom adds so much flavor! YUM.
I hope you like this as much as our family does. This is a meal that ALL 5 of us will eat, even my 2 picky eaters! Enjoy!
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