Casseroles make dinner so easy and area everyone always loves when I make this Cowboy Cornbread Casserole recipe! A little bit of sweet heat is added to the ground beef along with veggies and black beans for a delicious and nutritious one dish meal the whole family will ask for more of.
Cowboy casserole is made with simple ingredients that even the picky eater in the family will be willing to eat. It is a heart main dish under 500 calories per serving that feeds 8-10 hungry people!
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Lean ground beef: I like to use 90/10 for this recipe to keep the fat counts lower
Onion: an aromatic that adds flavor
Red bell pepper: adds color and sweetness to the dish
Jalapeno: adds a spicy heat to the dish, adjust to your own tolerance (or leave it out if you wish)
Garlic: I like to use fresh garlic cloves, but jarred minced garlic works here also
Salt: added to taste to enhance flavors
Barbecue sauce: my families all time favorite is Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce and that is what I used in this recipe
Canned black beans: or use what you have on hand, pinto beans or red kidney beans are a good choice
Canned corn: or use 1-½ cups thawed frozen corn
Gochujang paste: I highly recommend using this! You don't have to but this fermented Korean chili paste adds a ton of flavor to the dish.
Jiffy corn muffin mix: there are several types of this cornbread mix out there, I used the honey cornbread mix
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