Mexicali Hamburger Bake

I’m hooked every time I see the word “cornbread!” 

This recipe combines one of the great flavors of the South ~ cornbread ~ with spicy Mexican flavors.  It’s exactly like having salsa with your cornbread and meat. 

I came across this in my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and couldn’t wait to try this homey quick recipe.  It’s a zippy ground beef dish with the added goodness of tomatoes, corn and cheese.  Covering it all is a smooth layer of corn bread. 

If you like cornbread and Mexican food, you’ll like this spicy dish!

Mexicali Hamburger Bake


1½ pounds ground beef
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
1 cup shredded Mexican-style cheese, plus 3 tablespoons for topping

For corn bread topping:

½ cup yellow cornmeal
½ cup flour
1¼ teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons Mexican-style cheese

For olive topping:

¼ cup each of sliced green olives, black olives and pimentos.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add beef to a very large skillet.
Season with chili and garlic powders, salt and pepper.
Sauté beef until brown; drain off fat.
Stir in undrained tomatoes and corn; heat through.
Transfer to a greased 2-quart baking dish.

In a medium bow, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Stir in egg, milk and oil.
Spread evenly on beef mixture.
Sprinkle with remaining 3 tablespoons cheese.
Bake, uncovered about 30-35 minutes or until topping is set.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Scatter olive mixture over top.
6 servings


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips, recipes and cookbook giveaway! 


  1. You had me at cornbread too Pam!

  2. That looks really good. I might have to cut back on the spice a bit though.

  3. This is my kind of meal! I'm saving this for sure, thanks!!

  4. this is a very satisfying meal especially in this cooler weather

  5. Oh boy, this looks such comforting meal! Make you stay warm. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you're having a great day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  6. Dear Pam! Sorry for not visiting as often as I would like, but summer has meant a house full of family visiting.

    This is a great dish, I really love Mexican food, so I will try it! Big hugs

  7. Easy . . . Mexican . . . cornbread. You got me on all three of those words. This looks amazing and I will be adding it to my file.

    Thanks, Pam.


  8. Si que tiene una pinta estupenda este plato.


  9. This really floats my boat. As someone who doesn't really like to bake, I'd probably use a box of cornbread mix. There's also something called spoonbread. I wonder if that could be a topping.

  10. Mmm...this looks delicious. Gotta love a quickie meal that doesn't look (or taste) like a quickie.

  11. Oh my please share! looks super tasty.

  12. Some of my favorite flavors, this sounds delicious. I know we'd love it in this house :D

  13. Looks like a nice hearty Winter meal, something that is needed around here, Yummy!

  14. Unlike my sweet southern mother, I've never met a cornbread that I didn't like. She, on the other hand, was aghast that anyone would put sugar in it--not me!


  15. This really sounds interesting, on my 'to do' list. Diane

  16. This sounds really yummy and filling, i'm going to try it!

  17. Pam, Mexican comfort food! I'm not big on Olives or Pimentos...but it looked great without them. Another recipe for my wife to play with. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  18. We haven't made this in forever! I love how you forget about favorite recipes. It is cold and rainy here today and this would be so great for dinner, and I think I have all of the ingredients on hand - even better!

  19. Wow, two in one! A complete, delicious meal! I like that it is a simple and satisfying one dish meal! Thanks for sharing!

  20. We call this tamale pie, and it's one of my favorite meals. A friends husband makes this, and it's always a treat. I've never made it, but this recipe looks simple enough even for the likes of me!!

  21. We love anything Mexican! Great blend of flavors!

  22. i can't find cornmeal near my place, otherwise I would love to try this.

  23. I love a good casserole topped with cornbread. Delicious!

  24. Oh yes, cornbread love! This looks delicious, thanks Pam.

  25. My husband (and I) would GO CRAZY over this! It's a great idea...taking a classic to a whole new level! :)

  26. Looks way deliciuos. There is not much cornbread can't improve upon! Some of the best textures and flavors in one dish.

  27. I adore mexican food but have never (surprisingly?) had cornbread. This one looks like a must-try for sure!

  28. This looks fabulous Pam! Very mouthwatering delicious!
    Have great evening...
    Blessings, Catherine

  29. I love cornbread as well. This is a kid friendly dish. I know my family will love it. You always post wonderful recipes. :)

  30. I just made this tonight and it's awesome! I'll link back to you when I post it but I'm going to change the name as I made some tweaks to it. Thanks so much for your awesome recipes!


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