The weather is (slowly) changing from boiling hot to cool and crisp, every Saturday from here until Thanksgiving will be taken up with us either road-tripping to College Station, Tx or glued to the T.V., there’s an obscenely large, menacing maroon and white flag flying proudly in our front yard, and my husband has turned from being a mature, respectable man into a squealing 8 year-old child. This can only mean one thing: it’s Aggie football season, indeed. Yes, friends, my husband and I are Aggies. Big ones. My hubby went to school there and even though I didn’t (there’s no music program to speak of, hardly), I come from a family of proud Aggies. Therefore, every September, we get serious about Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football.

This is our “Aggie shelf” in the living room- these were my granddad’s belongings from his days at A&M – yearbooks, (very old) stuffed animals and lots, lots more. We’re so proud to display his things in our home; Joel, especially.

Football food is SO good (which, by the way, if you love it as much as I do, check out my “Football Food” tag! Lots of game-day goodies in there!). There’s nothing better than having some friends over to watch the game and eat good food – like this pie! It’s an old family favorite that gets made a lot around football season. I love the layer of spicy beef and cheddar cheese- it has SO much flavor! The good news is, this keeps really well in the fridge- just pop the leftovers back in the oven for 10 or 15 minutes and it’s just as moist and flavorful as it was the first day- maybe even better!

Game-Day Mexican Cornbread Skillet Pie

1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup oil
1 cup sour cream
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 can cream style corn
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 small can green chiles

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the first 8 ingredients in a bowl and set aside. In a medium pan, saute the onions, garlic and peppers over medium-high heat until soft. Add in the ground beef and cook through. Drain off grease and stir in the tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, salt and cayenne pepper. Remove from heat.
Grease a cast iron skillet (or any oven-safe skillet) and sprinkle the bottom with a little cornmeal. Spread half of the cornbread mixture, followed by the beef mixture. Top with the cheddar cheese, then spread the remaining cornbread mixture over the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy in front of the T.V. while cheering for your favorite football team! Serves 4.

Recipe source: Sing For Your Supper original (though technically I guess I can’t take credit since my mom has been making it for years!)

Gig ‘Em and God Bless! ;)

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  1. That looks AMAZING!!!

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    Comment by Layla — September 7, 2010 @ 7:33 PM

  2. Thanks so much, Layla!! :)

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    Comment by amy — September 7, 2010 @ 7:38 PM

  3. Oh holy yum! Delicious! And Go Aggies!!

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    Comment by Jessica — September 7, 2010 @ 7:57 PM

  4. That looks seriously delicious. It seems like when I’ve seen similar ones, they either have the cornbread on top or bottom, not both. I love your spin on it and can’t wait to try it!

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    Comment by amanda @ fake ginger — September 7, 2010 @ 8:05 PM

  5. I am with you – I love college football! This pie sounds delish!

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    Comment by Steph@PlainChicken — September 7, 2010 @ 9:04 PM

  6. What a nice surprise inside that cornbread. Looks super delish.

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    Comment by Eliana — September 7, 2010 @ 10:09 PM

  7. AWesome! My husband is a HUGE football fan (not me however!) and maybe making some delicious football food will get me into the NFL spirit. I’m totally checking out your football food tag – that should keep me busy for awhile!

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    Comment by delishliving — September 8, 2010 @ 2:05 PM

  8. Oh my. That looks awesome!

    Could you bake it in a round pie or casarole dish as opposed to a skillet?

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    amy Reply:

    Jennifer- you absolutely could do that! Sure!

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    Comment by Jennifer — September 8, 2010 @ 2:36 PM

  9. OMG! Had no idea you were an Aggie!! Me too! OK…now I love you and your blog just a little more! Gig ‘em!! I’m going to the game next weekend! Can’t wait! Also can’t wait to make this recipe! I’m an East Texas girl and I can’t think of anything better than cornbread!
    XO!

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    amy Reply:

    Kelley- we’re going to the game this weekend! So glad to know you’re an Aggie too! :)

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    Comment by The Hidden List — September 8, 2010 @ 6:42 PM

  10. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are Aggie fans and their kids are totally “Aggied-out.”

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    Comment by Jen — September 9, 2010 @ 7:12 PM

  11. Just wanted to say WHOOP! Class of ’06 here.

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    Comment by Kathryn — September 11, 2010 @ 8:01 PM

  12. yay… Gig Em!

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    Comment by ashley — September 13, 2010 @ 3:26 PM

  13. hook ‘em ;)

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    Comment by bev — September 13, 2010 @ 8:33 PM

  14. Yum, this looks SO tasty! Love it. :)

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    Comment by sara — September 14, 2010 @ 11:51 AM

  15. This sounds incredible, especially the double cornbread crust!

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    Comment by Jeanne — September 14, 2010 @ 9:22 PM

  16. I am totally stealing that idea like a pair of Aggie boots! ;-)

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    Comment by Libby — September 14, 2010 @ 9:54 PM

  17. Could this be doubled in order to serve more people? If so, what size dish would you bake it in?

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    Comment by Kathy — September 16, 2010 @ 3:39 PM

  18. Kathy, you could definitely double it! I bet it would work in a (fairly deep) 9×13 dish. If not, just use two smaller ones.

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    Comment by amy — September 16, 2010 @ 3:41 PM

  19. Wh06p! This looks great :) I already knew you and the hubs were Aggies which a good reason why I was following your blog ;) You are doing fabulous with your blog, by the way :)

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    Comment by Krista — September 18, 2010 @ 10:27 AM

  20. I love that you have your grandfather’s old A&M yearbooks. I was on the Aggieland staff and I work for the company that publishes the book now. Each fall, I love seeing the new book.

    Whoop and Gig’em! :)

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    Comment by Arena @ {thenerdswife} — September 21, 2010 @ 9:29 PM

  21. Hey!! This was soooooo good! My family loved it!

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    Comment by Abbi Kunce — September 23, 2010 @ 3:57 PM

  22. Just catching up on Google Reader (I’m WAYYYYYYYYYY behind!) and your post caught my eye… I’m an Aggie as well! Class of 2000 and 2002. Wh’00p!

    My guest room has been assigned the Aggie theme – and that’s after paring decorations down SUBSTANTIALLY after my apartment in college – I had to let it all go and move on to a more ‘sophisticated’ decorating scheme in the house! ha ha!

    Anyways – look forward to trying this stuffed cornbread – sounds fabulous!

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    Comment by Neé Neé — September 23, 2010 @ 4:17 PM

  23. Nee Nee- So nice to hear from another Aggie!! Our upstairs office is completely done in Aggie decor. It’s a little pathetic, really…*sigh* oh well, we’re not shy about our Aggie pride in this house! :)

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    Comment by amy — September 23, 2010 @ 4:19 PM

  24. I JUST stumbled upon your blog and lo and behold you’re an AGGIE! Or an Aggie at heart (as am I!). My Dad was class of ’78 and my brother is class of ’14. Awesome! And I’m loving the blog. YAY!

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    Comment by Alisha — September 27, 2010 @ 2:47 PM

  25. Alisha- YAY for Aggies!! :) I’m so glad you did stumble on my blog- thanks for your sweet comment!!

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    Comment by amy — September 27, 2010 @ 2:48 PM

  26. Although we are not sports fans we are native Texans and this recipe sounds delish for anytime of the year. I am wondering, though…Is there no flour in the cornbread mixture? Also, 2/3 cup of oil is a LOT of oil. Do you suppose it would hurt to reduce the amount to 1/3 cup?

    Thanks, Brenda

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    amy Reply:

    Brenda- it makes a good deal of cornbread, so if you do decide to reduce the oil, I wouldn’t do it by too much. And no, there is no flour. Hope you enjoy!

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    Comment by Brenda Spann — March 29, 2011 @ 6:15 AM

  27. We live in Texas and my husband and brother are Aggies!!! My brother played baseball for them! :-) LOVING going through all of these recipes! :-)

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    Comment by Elizabeth Ann — October 17, 2012 @ 1:12 PM

  28. Even LSU Tigers love this! Great year for the Aggies.

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    amy Reply:

    It sure was! We love being in the SEC!

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