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  • Writer's pictureMelisha Meredith

Healthy Taco Casserole with Cornbread Topping

Anyone else eat taco casserole growing up? I did! But it was always made with a box of Jiffy Cornbread Mix, and I would prefer not to eat that anymore.


So, I made a healthier version!


It has nutrient dense ground beef, cancer fighting onion and garlic, healthy fats in the meat and cornbread.


Feel free to mix in organ meats with this recipe. I often use venison in this one as well.





Healthy Taco Casserole with Cornbread Topping Recipe

serves 6


Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 c. whole kernel organic corn, drained if it was frozen and defrosted

  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

  • 1/4 cup diced onion

  • 1-2 garlic cloves, diced

  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper

  • 4 oz. can diced green chiles (can omit)

  • 3 Tbl. taco seasoning

  • 1 cornbread recipe (mine below*)

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Instructions:

  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat with the onion and garlic until no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles.

  • Stir in the corn, tomato sauce, bell pepper, chiles and taco seasoning.

  • Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.

  • Prepare cornbread mix according to directions for cornbread. Spread over beef mixture.

  • Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes.

  • Sprinkle with cheese and place back in the oven.

  • Bake until cheese is melted and a toothpick inserted into cornbread layer comes out clean, 3-5 minutes longer.


Let it cool slightly and then serve.


We love this dish with a nice, fresh, crisp salad.


*Cornbread Recipe


Ingredients:

  • ½ cup real butter

  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup buttermilk (mix a splash of vinegar into milk to make buttermilk)

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup organic cornmeal

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


Instructions:

  • Melt butter in a large glass mixing bowl.

  • Add in coconut sugar til mostly dissolved.

  • Whisk in the 2 eggs, and then the buttermilk.

  • Add dry ingredients, stir until blended but don't overmix.

Apply to above recipe.



Let me know if you try it out! - Melisha

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