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1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 medium green or red bell pepper, seeded and cut into rings

2 cups Martha White Buttermilk Self-Rising Corn Meal Mix
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon sugar
1 (16-ounce) jar chunky-style salsa
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten

1.  Preheat the over to 425°
2.  Make the filling:  Heat the oil in a 10 1/2-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add the ground beef, onion, chili powder, salt and garlic salt; cook until the beef is no longer pink.  stirring frequently and breaking up any clumps of meat.  Remove the beef mixture from the skillet to a bowl.  Place the bell pepper rings in a single layer in the bottom of the skillet.  Spoon the beef mixture over the rings.
3.  Make the topping: Stir together the corn meal mix, cheese, sugar, salsa, milk, oil and egg in a medium bowl; stir until well blended.  Spread the batter evenly over the beef mixture in the skillet.  Bake until golden brown, 32 to 38 minutes.
4.  Place a serving plate over the skillet; carefully invert and remove the skillet.  Cut into wedges.  If desired, this can be served from the skillet: Cut into wedges and carefully turn each wedge upside down onto a serving plate.

Serves 6

Fran Pickens of Hendersonville, Tennessee, took home first-place honors at the National Cornbread Cook-off in 2001 with this spicy entry.


We hope you enjoy this recipe from the new Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook: A Treasury of Timeless Delicious Recipes.  The cookbook can be ordered from the Lodge web site or from Amazon. For more information about Lodge and their cast iron cookware, visit www.lodgemfg.com.