This weekend I decided to make a dish that I haven’t made in a longggg time. That is Mexican Meatza. This is a Rachael Ray recipe. She calls it this because she describes it as Mexican pizza, but it’s not really.
Mexican meatza is taco meat on top of corn bread. Yep! You read that correctly. In the past I used this as a party dish because it is easy to make and super yummy. I think it became one of those we’ve had this too many times so now I never make it recipes. I recently purchased/received cast iron pans to go on my gas stove. I decided that having a cast iron skillet was a good reason to break out the meatza recipe again. So I did!
I baked the corn bread in the cast iron pan following the directions on the package, I used Jiffy Corn Muffin mix.
Then I made my taco meat. I make my own seasoning mix, but you can easily use a package or follow the seasoning on Rachael’s recipe. I added in onions and cubanelle peppers (that’s what kind I had), but I put them through the grater on my food processor. This way the boys wouldn’t whine and pick out all the pieces.
When the corn bread is baked, top with the cooked meat and cheese. Pop it back into the oven for 5 min or until the cheese is ooey-gooey.
I serve with salsa and sour cream. You could also serve with lettuce, tomatoes, raw onions, jalapenos… anything you put on your tacos.
In the past, I have made this in an 8×8 or 9×13 depending on how many people I was serving. I never had an issue with serving it. When I made it in the cast iron pan, the layer of meat didn’t stay on top of the cornbread when I served it. The picture above was my slice, the only one that remotely stayed together. Next time I’m gong to put some of the cheese between the cornbread and the meat… glue!
Richard and I really enjoyed this. Richard wished it was a bit spicier since the cornbread adds a layer of sweetness. I didn’t add as much heat since I was feeding it to the boys. Typically I would add jalapenos and red pepper flakes to the taco mix for this to kick it up a notch.
Blake tried the cornbread, but didn’t like it. He did eat all the taco meat off the top.
Colby had a mini meltdown when he was served this and threatened to top it all with ketchup even when I told him he didn’t have to have the cornbread. He did end up eating the taco meat with nacho chips, but not totally willingly. I think he was having an off night, so I wouldn’t totally take his opinion at face value. 🙂