Creamy Sloppy Joe and Cornbread Casserole

Sloppy Joe and Cornbread Casserole

We spent an amazing fall day at a local pumpkin patch.  Complete with hayrides, pumpkin picking and animals!

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I really, really love fall family days.

Another things I really love are Sloppy Joe’s!  But now that I have a toddler eating them as a sandwich seems extra sloppy!  A casserole was the prefect solution.  I found this easy casserole recipe (that I of course modified a little) and came up with a creamy and filling dinner.

My secret ingredient – Cream Cheese!  I know it probably sounds gross, but since I was a kid we put cream cheese on Sloppy Joe’s!  We’d put it on the sandwich, like a condiment.  Now I can’t eat it without.  I shared it with my Birth Month Club with Lucas when we were all still pregnant and I had a few converts!  So try it this way – I promise you’ll like it!

Ingredients:

  • 1  box corn muffin mix (the small 8.5oz Jiffy is what I use)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  •  1 egg
  • 1  can creamed corn
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar, divided
  • 2 small cans of sloppy joe mix, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 4oz of cream cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare your 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray

Combine the corn muffin mix, milk, egg, corn and 1/2 cup of the cheese in a bowl.  Mix well and then pour into the baking dish.

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Bake until just set (for me it’s around 14 minutes).

While that is baking, heat a skillet over medium-high heat and melt your butter.  Add in the peppers and onions and cook for a few minutes until they begin to soften.

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Add the ground beef to the pepper and onion mix and brown while crumbling.  Add one full can of the sloppy joe sauce and half of the other once the meat is no longer pink.

Remove from heat and add in 4oz of cream cheese and stir until fully combined.

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When the cornbread is just set, remove from the oven.  Pour the remaining sauce over the cornbread.

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Spread the meat mixture over  that.  Top with the remaining cheese.  Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes!

That’s it – simple, easy and delicious!

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