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Critter Fritter Casserole
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Ingredients (13)

  • 2lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup jarred jalapeno peppers, chopped (more if you like really spicy)
  • 8oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 small box jiffy cornbread mix
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
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At the Texas State Fair, I indulged in a small and delicious treat called a Critter Fritter. It was a jalapeno stuffed with meat, breaded and fried and covered with cheese sauce. I decided to develop a casserole based on those flavors and ingredients and came up with something I think is pretty good. I thought I’d share.


  1. 1Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. 2Brown ground beef in large pan. Remove meat and set aside. Drain all but 2 tsp of fat from pan. Add onion to pan and saute until tender, approx. 3-4 minutes. Add meat back to pan. Add garlic powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, chili powder and oregano. Stir to combine and cook 1 minute. Add jalapenos, stir and cook 5 minutes.
  3. 3While meat is cooking, combine cornbread mix, butter, milk and egg in small bowl. Set aside.
  4. 4Transfer meat mixture to an 8-inch square glass pan. Top evenly with shredded cheese. Pour cornbread mix evenly over top.
  5. 5Bake 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into squares and serve.
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