Loaded Cornbread Casserole Recipe

While many casseroles are main dishes complete with a starchy base, vegetables, and protein, others are instead side dishes, which is the case with this kicked-up cornbread. While it does have a little bit of meat in the form of bacon and vegetables in the form of canned corn, it's not really something you'd eat as a main dish but instead makes a hearty side that would go great with chili or barbecue. Recipe developer Jessica Morone does note, though, that "You would want to eat this with a fork rather than just cutting a slice out and eating it with your hands."

Morone calls this cornbread casserole "simple, moist, and full of flavor." She admits there may be a little more effort involved than with cornbread casseroles that start off with a packaged mix, she feels that this scratch-made dish is "still a very easy recipe" and goes on to say that "it tastes much better" than anything made with a mix.

Collect the ingredients for this loaded cornbread casserole

Before you get started on this casserole, check your pantry for cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and pepper, as all of these are needed for the batter. You'll also be using milk, sour cream, butter, and cheddar cheese, along with a can of corn, a can of creamed corn, and some bacon bits.

"You can use frozen corn instead of canned corn if you want," Morone explains, but adds that "You still want to use canned cream corn, though." She also says it's okay to cook and crumble your own bacon (you'll want it nice and crispy) rather than using prepackaged bacon bits as she does here. In this case, she notes, you'll want about ½ cup, which would be eight slices.

Make the cornbread batter

Preheat the oven to 350 F. As it heats up, mix up the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and pepper. Stir in the creamed corn, corn kernels, milk, sour cream and melted butter, then finish off the batter by adding the bacon bits and 1 cup of the cheese.

Bake the cornbread

Spread the batter into a greased 9x13-inch pan, then sprinkle what remains of the cheddar evenly over the top. Bake the cornbread for 40 to 45 minutes. Once the casserole is done, the center should be set, not jiggly, and the color should be golden brown.

This casserole makes great leftovers

While Morone feels that this cornbread casserole tastes best when warm, this doesn't mean you have to finish the entire thing in a single sitting. She tells us it should be good in the refrigerator for up to five days and says, " I like to cut out individual slices and microwave them for about 30 seconds." If you want to reheat a number of pieces at a time, though, she suggests baking them at 350 F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Loaded Cornbread Casserole Recipe
5 from 122 ratings
When plain old cornbread just won't cut it anymore, this loaded cornbread casserole will save the day.
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cornbread casserole on white plate
Total time: 50 minutes
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (14 ¾-ounce) can creamed corn
  • 1 (15 ¼-ounce) can corn kernels, drained
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 3 ounces bacon bits
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and pepper.
  3. Mix the creamed corn, corn kernels, milk, sour cream, and melted butter into the dry ingredients.
  4. Stir the bacon bits and 1 cup of the cheese into the cornbread batter.
  5. Spread the batter into a greased 9x13-inch pan.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the batter.
  7. Bake the cornbread for 40-45 minutes, until it is golden brown and the center is set.
  8. Slice and serve warm.
Calories per Serving 278
Total Fat 14.9 g
Saturated Fat 7.7 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 38.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 26.9 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Total Sugars 3.5 g
Sodium 352.7 mg
Protein 9.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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