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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mexican Pie with Cornbread topping

This casserole is packed with flavor and easy to prepare with a corn bread topping! The casserole can also be dressed up with Fresh Avocado, Fresh Tomatoes, Guacamole, Salsa or fresh salsa and sour cream.    It was a crowd pleaser as I made it twice during the holidays for the two waves of house guests!

This is another casserole that was prepared ahead of time and frozen for the Christmas holidays. The topping was added just before baking.

My recipe is very much like a chili with a cornbread topping.  In other words, use your favourite chili recipe.  I also did another casserole without meat which went well with everyone

Spicy Chili

1 ch onion
I package ground meat, optional
2-3 T taco seasoning
1 can  diced tomatoes
1 can corn
1 can Black Bean
1 Bell Pepper
1 hot pepper

Can add;
Mushroom, celery stack, carrot

Caramelized one chopped white onion.

Chop Sweet Bell peppers 

Add Ground meat to the caramelized onion.  Fry until the meat is cooked. Mushrooms can also be added at this point.

Add a tin of diced tomatoes to the mixture.

Add a couple of tablespoon of Taco Seasoning or Chili seasoning 

I did add a diced hot pepper to the meat chili but left the vegetarian chili plain.  

Spoon the chili into a prepared casserole dish

Freeze until ready to use. Thaw out before preparing the cornbread topping and baking at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes

Cornbread Topping
I forgot how good this is! My Grandmother used to make a Johnny Cake with raisins which I loved hot from the oven as a kid!

Start with two bowls that you can use for the dry and wet ingredients

 In one bowl mix;
2 eggs
1/4c oil
1c buttermilk, (add 1 t of vinegar to milk to sour it)

In another bowl mix;
1 c Cornmeal
1/2 c flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 Onion,chopped and caramelized
1 can of corn
1 Bell Pepper 
 1 hot pepper 

Mix wet ingredients int dry
Add onion, peppers, and corn

Note you can also add grated cheese to the mixture or sprinkle some on the topping before baking! optional
Bake at 350 fro 30 to 35 minutes. 

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