Supper Casserole with Pumpkin & Green Chile Cornbread Topping ♥
A Welcome-to-Fall Recipe

Supper Casserole with Pumpkin & Green Chile Cornbread Topping
A one-dish casserole supper, meat cooked with on-hand vegetables and flavored with green chile salsa. The cornbread topping repeats the green chile flavor and adds pumpkin for color, moisture and nourishment.

Who else has noticed? When winter turns to spring, we long for the first bites of spring, waiting with much anticipation for the first asparagus, the first artichokes, the first strawberries.

But fall? Not so much. As soon as fall 'happens' -- it hit here in St. Louis on Monday -- we can immediately start cooking our fall favorites. You see, they've been around for a few weeks, we've just been ignoring them to get our last fill of tomatoes and peppers and okra and and and.

For me, cornbread is one of the siren calls of autumn and the cold-weather months, baked first, baked last, baked often in between. It was a welcome welcome to autumn. I pulled this Supper Casserole out of the pantry, you can too by using what meat (Note to Vegetarians) and vegetables you have on hand, then topping it with the pumpkin-colored and chile-spiked cornbread.

Hello fall, glad you're here.


Hands-on time: 35 minutes
Time to table: 90 minutes
Serves 6 or 8

Splash of water
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey or in my case, ground elk)

2 cups slow-roasted tomatoes or 15-ounces canned diced tomatoes
1 cup green chile salsa
1 cup frozen corn (no need to thaw)
15 ounces canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée (make sure to buy 100% pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon kosher salt or salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large deep skillet, cook the water, onion and ground meat until onions are soft and meat is fully cooked (for the most flavor, let the meat 'brown' and even get a small amount of 'burn' before turning it). Stir in the remaining ingredients. Transfer to a low casserole dish.

1 egg, whisked
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin purée
4 tablespoons butter, cubed and melted in the microwave in 10-second increments
1/2 cup green chile salsa

2 cups flour, fluffed to aerate before measuring
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal (stone-ground cornmeal is too coarse here for my taste)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, brown sugar, pumpkin, butter and salsa. Separately, whisk together the remaining ingredients, then stir into the egg mixture. Using two spoons (one to scoop, one to scrape) place small dollops of the cornbread batter atop the Meat Layer, butting them against each other. Bake for about 40 minutes or until Meat Layer is bubbly and the Cornbread Layer is fully cooked. Cover and let cool for about 10 minutes. Serve and savor!

Play around with the ingredients in the Meat Layer, adding more vegetables to extend the meat further or to feed more mouths. If using slower-to-cook vegetables such as carrots, winter squash or sweet potato, cut them into very small cubes so they'll cook evenly and quickly.

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~ Sweet Cornbread ~
~ Pumpkin Cornbread ~
(which I made earlier this week and inspired the casserole's topping)
~ more cornmeal recipes ~
from A Veggie Venture

~ Skillet Cornbread ~
~ Apple Cider Indian Pudding ~
~ more cornmeal recipes ~
from Kitchen Parade

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  1. You know, I bet I could add another can of beans (pintos? kidney?) instead of the ground beef and it would be just as good. Well worth a try - thanks!

  2. Alanna...the food sounds good (too many carbs/calories for me to try right now) but that picture is great! Nice work..

    best, Stephen

  3. Liz C ~ Of course, thanks for being open-minded about switching out the meat for beans!

    Stephen ~ Thanks! This was one of those dishes that added up to more calories than I expected, for sure. It's one of the reasons why when people ask the question, should recipes include nutrition information, my answer is, Yes, yes, yes! I know you're adding nutrition information to your site as it's revamped to reflect your new Type 2 diet, I'm sure many of us will appreciate that.

  4. I just printed out this recipe to make for my family. It looks yummy! I've often wondered if adding a biscuit or cornbread batter on top of a casserole would get soggy so I'm anxious to give it a try.

  5. Janice ~ The bottom side of the cornbread layer s definitely softer than the top side but it worked for me. You will want to make sure that the pan is big enough so that that layer is no more than an inch or so thick. I think it also helped to have the 'dollops' of cornbread, rather than one flat surface, so that there's more surface area that gets direct heat.

  6. This looks REALLY good and fall-ish! I think I will try making the bottom layer and freezing some of it. Or maybe I could make this whole recipe in large muffin tins and then freeze them, pop them out and keep them in baggies to reheat later.

  7. Looks absolutely delicious! Carbs and calories are great to indulge in every now and then ;)

  8. Saw this on The Kitchn, and it looks sooo good! We'll have to make this soon. :)

  9. this sounds so amazing. i think i'll try it with venison sausage that's hanging out in my freezer.

  10. Your wonderful recipe was the inspiration for my version. I had left over pulled pork & butterkin squash to substitute for the ground meat & pumpkin. I added some diced zucchini & cumin. It was absolutely delicious!

    1. QuiltingAgain ~ That’s a brilliant adaptation! So glad it worked for you, those are my favorite kind of recipes! Thanks for making the time to let me know!


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