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Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake

Use ground turkey and low-fat soup and milk to lighten up this hearty casserole.

Southern Living APRIL 2014

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
  • Hands-on: 20 Minutes
  • Total: 40 Minutes


  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 (6-oz.) package buttermilk cornbread mix
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook ground turkey in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Add green onions, and sauté 1 minute.

2. Stir in soup and next 2 ingredients. Bring to a low boil, and remove from heat. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese and 1/4 cup cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour turkey mixture into a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray.

3. Stir together cornbread mix, 3/4 cup water, 3 Tbsp. cilantro, and remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Pour cornbread mixture over turkey mixture in baking dish.

4. Bake at 400° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.

Note: We tested with Martha White Buttermilk Cornbread & Muffin Mix.


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