Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pumpkin Black Bean Bake

Since I didn't have any fresh jalapeno peppers, cherry tomatoes or cilantro on hand from the garden, I decided not to make the Jalapeno-Olive Relish to go along with the recipe this time.  I'll keep it in mind for early next fall!

Source:  adapted from

1 lb. ground beef
2 c. 1/2 " pieces of peeled pumpkin or winter squash
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 c. frozen whole kernel corn
1 4-oz. can diced green chiles
1 t. sea salt (or more, to taste)
1 8-1/2-oz. pkg. corn muffin mix
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 c. milk
1/3 c. pumpkin puree, or canned pumpkin
Jalapeno-Olive Relish (optional, see recipe below)

Preheat oven to 400 deg.  In a large skillet, cook ground beef, pumpkin and onion over medium heat until meat is browned and onion tender, breaking up ground beef with spoon; drain fat if necessary.  Stir in black bean, corn, chiles and salt.  Transfer mixture to a 2-1/2 qt. baking dish.

In a medium bowl, stir together corn muffin mix, egg, milk and pumpkin puree until just combined.  Spoon over beef mixture.

Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cornbread topping comes out clean.  Serve with Jalapeno-Olive Relish, if desired.

Jalapeno-Olive Relish

1/4 c. halved pitted green olives
1-2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1-2 T. snipped fresh cilantro

In a small bowl, combine above ingredients.

Serves 6.

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