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Bean & Cornbread Casserole
This hearty casserole makes for a wonderful main course or side dish – perfect for potluck get-togethers. You can also add ground beef to the recipe if you like a meatier meal. Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced or put through a press
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican oregano)
2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
2/3 cup cooked pinto beans, drained
2/3 cup cooked black beans, drained
1 4.5-ounce can chopped green chiles, drained
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup cream-style corn
1-1/3 cups self-rising yellow cornmeal (not cornbread mix)

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F.

Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, oregano, tomato sauce, pinto beans, black beans, and chiles. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Pour the bean mixture into the dish, cover, and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg and corn, stirring well. Add the self-rising cornmeal and stir, just to combine. Pour the cornmeal mixture over the bean mixture in an even layer.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cornbread topping is lightly browned. Serve hot.

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