Beef & Cornbread Skillet Pie

This is an old recipe I used to make when I lived in Yellowknife. It is similar to a Shepard’s Pie I suppose, but with a cornbread top instead of mashed potatoes.

I made this in a cast iron skillet but if you don’t have one, use a skillet that is oven proof or cook the meat in a frying pan, mix in the  vegetables and then put everything into a deep casserole dish that will accommodate the recipe.. a pie pan is too shallow, and a square baking pan is too small as well. A   8 x 10 rectangle Pyrex dish will work. Serve with some salsa, & guacamole!\

NOTE: the topping is thick so if you make this in the skillet, & you don’t want alot of cornbread topping cut the recipe in half, if you are making this in a pyrex baking dish, use the whole recipe.

Here is the recipe

Beef & Cornbread Skillet Pie

1 large onion, chopped

1 lb ground beef

2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables ***you can use any small  pre-cooked vegetable you’d like here..corn niblets, peas, etc

1 tsp chilli powder ***or to your taste

1 tsp salt



Cornbread Topping

2 egg

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 cup water

1/2 cup oil

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 regular size  creamed corn

  1. In an oven proof skillet ( if you have one)  Saute onion until soft
  2. Add the ground beef and brown until  throughly cooked. Break up the meat with your spoon so there isn’t any large chunks of ground beef…
  3. Add the frozen mixed vegetables and spices. Mix and heat through
  4. Make the cornbread topping..Beat the eggs, add the cornmeal, milk, oil, baking soda and creamed corn. Mix well
  5. If you have browned the meat in an oven-proof skillet, spread the meat mixture out evenly in the pan then pour the cornbread topping all over the meat mixture.  If you are not using an oven-proof skillet, remove the meat mixture from the fry pan and put into a casserole dish, top with the cornbread topping then bake.
  6. Bake at 375F for 50 to 60 minutes until the cornbread is cooked

*** There is not any grated cheese in any of the pictures because I didn’t add it!