This is the Mardi Gras of all casseroles! No “gumbo” about it, this smooth and easy Louisiana Beef Bake will have your dinner boat bayou floating in no time with all the Cajun flavors you love. The jazzy, spiced-up ground beef, layered on some best-of-the-South cornbread and topped with melted gooey cheddar cheese, is just about as Louisianian as it gets (minus the crawfish)! No boiling necessary; whip up Louisiana Beef Bake in no time for the festival of flavors that your French-Quarter-loving-heart (and tummy) desire. This is the “big easy” recipe you’ve been looking for! Getcha some! Hooo-weee!

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Ingredients

  • 1 (8.5-ounce) package cornbread/muffin mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
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Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease a 7×11-inch baking dish.

Step 3 –In a medium bowl, prepare the cornbread/muffin mix according to the package directions.

Step 4 –Spread the cornbread/muffin batter on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Step 5 –In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook and stir the ground beef until it is browned and crumbly, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 6 –Stir the diced tomatoes, the mixed vegetables, the tomato paste, and the Cajun seasoning into the meat and bring to a boil.

Step 7 –Reduce the heat and simmer the meat mixture, uncovered, about 5 minutes.

Step 8 –Evenly spread the meat mixture on top of the cornbread/muffin batter.

Step 9 –Evenly sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the meat mixture.

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Step 10 –Bake the meat mixture, uncovered, until it is golden-brown, about 25-30 minutes.

Step 11 –Evenly sprinkle the beef bake with the green onions.

Step 12 –Plate and serve.