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Single Serve "Mexican" Ground Beef Bakes

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This recipe for Single Serve "Mexican" Ground Beef Bakes is great because it's easy to make and individually portioned in small casserole dishes. Made with hearty ground beef and seasoned to perfection with chili powder, celery salt, garlic and more, this is one of those beef casserole recipes that's nearly impossible to resist! If you're looking for the best recipes for tamale pies, try out this unique version that's sure to please everyone at the table.


Cooking Time15 min

Cooking MethodOven, Casserole


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile pepper (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • shredded cheese and scallions (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

  3. Saute onion until translucent, continue continue, stirring occasionally until onion begins to brown.

  4. Add garlic, cook one minute more. Remove onions and garlic and set aside.

  5. Add ground beef to the skillet and brown, drain off fat.

  6. Return onion and garlic mixture to the pan with the browned beef. Mix the chili powder, ancho chile pepper, cumin, cumin seeds, and celery salt together and sprinkle over meat and onions. Stir together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Add 3/4 cup beef broth and stir together to be sure herbs and spices are distributed.

  8. Add tomato paste and mix everything together. use remaining broth if mixture is too thick.

  9. Distribute meat among 4 single-serve baking dishes.

  10. Following instructions on the Jiffy box, mix together the muffin batter and distribute it over the meat mixture. Place baking dishes onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until muffin mix is lightly browned. Garnish with shredded cheese and chopped scallions.

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I was scratching my head after seeing the ingredient list wondering where in the world is the cheese? I mean I'm pretty sure everyone that loves or eats Mexican food is aware that you can't or shouldn't have anything Mexican without cheese...luckily after reading further into the recipe and seeing that it was present, all was good in the world and my mouth continued to water as I fantasized about this recipe. I really love single serve meals and this would be great to freeze for those days when you're feeling like something a little spicy.


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