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Bean-and-Sausage Cornbread Casserole

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Bake time 25 mins
Yield

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-lb.) package mild ground pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 4 (16-oz.) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with zesty green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8-oz.) package shredded Mexican four-cheese blend
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup self-rising white cornmeal mix

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 7 minutes or until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink. Add onion and bell pepper, and sauté 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Drain. Stir in beans, tomatoes, and salt.

  2. Pour sausage mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups cheese. Stir together buttermilk and cornmeal mix, and spoon over cheese; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

  3. Bake at 425° for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned.

  4. Black Bean-and-Chicken Cornbread Casserole: Substitute 1 lb. skinned and boned chicken breasts, chopped, for sausage, and 4 (5-oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained, for pinto beans. Stir 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro into chicken mixture with beans.