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A super flavorful Mexican-inspired casserole, this family-friendly Mexican Chorizo Cornbread Casserole is easy to whip up with fresh chorizo pork sausage, cornbread mix, and a handful of pantry staples. Serve it up with sour cream, hot sauce, sliced avocado and lime for a weeknight meal everyone will love!

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When you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal, a one-skillet dinner is always a win. This Mexican Chorizo Cornbread Casserole starts off on the stove and finishes in the oven for a truly one pan southwest-inspired meal.

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Why not try my Marinated Pork Chop Bánh mì Ciabatta Sandwiches,  Slow Cooker Italian Shredded PorkSpicy Muffuletta Oven Panini, or Great Grandma’s Sloppy Joe!

Mexican Chorizo Cornbread Casserole

Making the Mexican Cornbread Casserole

To make this quick and easy casserole, you will need;

  • A bit of neutral oil, such as avocado oil or canola oil.
  • Ground, uncooked, Mexican chorizo sausage. If you want to maker this dish vegetarian, you could also use soy chorizo!
  • A red onion, and some fresh garlic.
  • A small can of diced green chilis.
  • 2 cups of grated/shredded smoked gouda cheese or sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Smoked paprika.
  • Dried oregano.
  • A couple boxes of good ol’ Jiffy cornbread mix.
  • A can creamed corn, and some frozen corn.
  • A couple eggs.
  • Sour cream.

To make the casserole, you’ll start by cooking up the aromatics and sausage to make the base of the4 filling. The chorizo sausage is super flavorful, so you won’t need much, and the filling cooks up VERY quickly. All the winning signs of a great weeknight casserole.

cooking the filling

Layering the casserole

Once your meaty filling is ready to go, you’ll transfer it to a bowl (briefly) while you stir up the cornbread mixture. Once the cornbread is ready to go, pour half into the same skillet you cooked the sausage in, and spread it into an even layer. At this point, you’ll add the sausage back in over top.

layering the casserole

Once the bottom layer of cornbread and chorizo mixture are in, you’ll add a bunch of shredded cheese. Either smoked gouda or sharp cheddar are great options here. Monterey jack would also be great. For this step- be sure to hold back half the cheese. I know it’s hard, but that cheese will still make it into the dish. Promise.

topping the casserole

Baking the chorizo cornbread casserole

Once your cheese is evenly layered over the chorizo mixture, you’ll top it with the remaining half of the cornbread mixture, and spread it evenly over top. Now (as promised) comes the rest of the cheese! Once the casserole is all assembled, it needs to bake for a mere 20 minutes- then it’s time to dive in!

adding the top cornbread layer

Serving suggestions

While you could just grab a spoon and go to town, I love to add a little flair to the casserole by serving it with some sliced avocado sour cream, cilantro and hot sauce. Other great options would be salsa, pico de gallo and lime. Dressed up or as-is- this casserole is always a hit!

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Mexican Chorizo Cornbread Casserole
Mexican Chorizo Cornbread Skillet Casserole
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Mexican Chorizo Cornbread Casserole

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Keyword: chorizo, cornbread
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • cast iron skillet or oven safe skillet, large

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or canola oil 
  • 1 lb uncooked ground chorizo sausage
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced 
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed 
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilis 
  • 2 cups grated smoked gouda cheese or sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp dry oregano

Cornbread layers

  • 2 8.5 oz  boxes Jiffy cornbread mix 
  • 1 14.75 oz can creamed corn
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Heat a cast iron skillet or oven safe skillet over medium heat.
    3. Add oil and onions, and season with salt and pepper. Cook onions, stirring occasionally for 6-8 minutes, until softened.
    4. Add the chorizo and cook, breaking up as you go for4-5 minutes until cooked through and browned.
    5. Add the smoked paprika, oregano and garlic and cook 1 minute, until just fragrant.
    6. Add the can of diced green chilis and stir to combine.
    7. Turn off the heat and set aside.
    8. TO a large mixing bowl, add the cornbread ingredients, and stir well to combine.
    9. Transfer cooked meat mixture to a small bowl.
    10. Layer half of the cornbread mixture into the skillet, and turn the meat mixture over top of the cornbread.
    11. Layer on t1 cup of cheese, then the reaming alf of the cornbread, Smooth cornbread over top in an even layer with a spatula or spoon.
    12. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese.
    13. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cornbread layer is set and lightly golden brown.
    14. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
    15. Serve with lime, cilantro, sour cream,, hot sauce, guacamole or avocado slices.

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