Cornbread Cowboy Casserole

Loaded with veggies, and ground beef, topped with cornbread. This casserole has a southwestern twist!

What is a cornbread cowboy casserole?

Ground beef is layered with corn, beans, and peppers. On top a thick layer of cornbread batter is poured. The whole dish (or pan) is baked until the cornbread is puffy and cooked through. This casserole comes together in a flash, and makes for the perfect weeknight meal.

I use a small cast iron skillet for this recipe…

The recipe proportions fit the small 9″ skillet. If you have a large sized skillet, feel free to just double this recipe.

Cast iron skillets are the best! They are good for you, because they are free of toxins, they are super durable, and they last forever! 

You can also use a pie dish…

Or any oven safe baking dish, if you don’t have a cast iron skillet. If it is a large dish, just remember to double the recipe above, otherwise the casserole will be spread very very thin in the dish.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 25 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 55 mins
Servings: 4
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

You Need

For the Filling

For the Cornbread Topping


For the Filling

  1. For this recipe I use a 9 inch cast iron skillet. One pan is all you need!

    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    • Brown ground beef, some pink is ok, it will cook more in the oven later. Season with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, parsley.
    • Remove ground beef from pan. 
    • In the same pan, saute chopped onion, and red bell pepper until soft.  
    • Add beef, corn, beans to pan. Stir to combine.

Make the Cornbread Topping

    • In a medium bowl mix cornmeal, and all other dry ingredients for cornbread.
    • Add honey, milk, egg, olive oil. Mix until combined.
    • Add scallion.
    • Pour over casserole filling in cast iron skillet.
    • Bake 20 minutes. 
    • Enjoy!


In a time pinch? You can always use a cornbread mix in a box.

Tired of ground beef? Ground lamb is a fantastic swap for the ground beef in this recipe!

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