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Cowboy Joe Casserole

Tonight, we experimented with some ground beef, and the whole family decided we needed to share this recipe. The two year old ate three servings, and finished big brother's leftovers. The adults really appreciated the sweetness and crunch of the top layer, that balanced nicely with the slightly tangy bottom layer.

This comes together really easily, and if you have a big cast-iron skillet you can bake in, it can be a one pan dinner! (HOW do we not have one of those? We need to correct that ASAP.)

Give this recipe a try, and let us know how you like it!


Makes a 9"x13" pan full - about 12 servings.


2 boxes JIFFY corn muffin mix

1 c. corn (drained or frozen)

1 c. sour cream

4 tbsp. melted butter

2 large eggs

2 c. Shredded cheese

1 tbsp. Oil

1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 tbsp. Minced garlic

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. Montreal steak seasoning

1 tbsp. Beef bullion

2 lb. ground beef

1 c. ketchup

2 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. yellow mustard

2 tbsp. Head Country BBQ sauce

Sea Salt

Black pepper


Preheat oven to 400.

Prepare cornbread base: In a medium bowl, combine corn muffin mix, corn, sour cream, melted butter, 1 cup of the shredded cheese, and eggs and whisk until evenly combined. Set aside.

Make joe meat: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil and cook bell pepper and onions until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chili powder, steak seasoning and bullion. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain excess fat to your liking.

Stir in the magic sauce: ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and BBQ sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Pour sloppy joe mixture into a 9x13" pan and spread evenly. Pour the cornbread over the top. Bake until the cornbread starts to brown a little -about 15 minutes. Take out and sprinkle remaining shredded cheese over the top and place back in oven and until cheese begins to brown and get a little crisp -about 8 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes before serving.

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