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Heat it up with my Mexican Fiesta Casserole!

It's getting cooler outside in some parts of the world and one of the best ways to warm it up is to put something warm inside you. A warm cup of cocoa, tea or coffee or a nice warm meal is the ticket! This casserole is one I created years ago and has been a favorite of my family. Now this will serve a crowd as we usually have a crowd around to feed. It's also great for potluck dinners.

Mexican Fiesta Casserole for a Crowd

2 packages corn muffin mix
2 cups whole kernel corn
1 can chopped green chilis
1 can ranch style beans
1 onion, chopped
1 lb ground beef
2 cups shredded cheese
1 1/2 cups medium heat salsa
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic salt or powder if you are watching salt intake
1 8 oz can tomato sauce

Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan. Prepare corn muffin mix as directed on package. Pour into pan. Bake only 4 -5 minutes.. it will not be done yet.. Remove from oven. Crumble and brown ground beef and onion in pan until done. combine with all other ingredients and simmer a few minutes until bubbly. Pour hot mixture on top of partially cooked muffin mix in pan. Sprinkle cheese all over top and put into oven. Cook until cheese is bubbly .. the corn muffin mix will be cooked by then.

Remove from oven and serve hot.

NOTE: you can add a bit of ground cayenne pepper and use hot salsa if you like the heat taken up a notch.


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