Mexi-Cali Cornbread Casserole

Mexi-Cali Cornbread Casserole at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Kimberlee.

Need an easy dinner meal? Try this delicious Mexi-Cali Cornbread Casserole! It’s so good that my teenage son even said,”Mmm, Mom, this is good.” 🙂

Mexi-Cali Cornbread Casserole


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 ounce can diced green chilis
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix (or equivalent homemade mix)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (or 2/3 cups milk + 1/3 cup water)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup + 1/3 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese


  1. In a large skillet, saute onions in olive oil until almost translucent.
  2. Add ground beef, stirring and cooking until well browned.
  3. Add tomatoes, chilis, garlic salt and chili powder and stir to combine.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs and milk. Add the Jiffy cornbread mix and stir to combine.
  5. Add corn kernels and 1 cup shredded cheese. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients.
  6. Spoon ground beef mixture into an 11 x 17 inch glass baking dish. Dollop cornbread mixture on top and spread to cover.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup cheese on top and bake for another 10 minutes or until cornbread is cooked and cheese is lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Courses Main Dish


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  1. Kimberlee: Do you make your daughter a different dinner, or can you tell me if you have found any good gluten free alternatives to JIFFY? because I would be all over this recipe, except for the gluten 🙁

  2. Diane- This particular night I did serve her leftover chili because she doesn’t like cornbread. Here is a recipe we tried once (not as good as Jiffy though):

    Hope this helps. 🙂

  3. I make something similar with beef, tomato, and beans. YUM!

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