I was looking for something different to make the other night, and had a box of Trader Joe’s gluten free cornbread mix calling to me.  I started Googling ideas and came across a recipe for a “cobbler” that sounded appealing.  I couldn’t find one that used a cornbread mix or had exactly what we wanted in it, so I chose the closest one and changed it up.  What follows is inspired by this recipe.  If you’re interested in making the cornbread from scratch, here is our favorite cornbread recipe.  This cobbler is great if the kids want to help, as it’s so simple and requires mixing and little more.

Black bean Cornbread Cobbler

Black Bean Cornbread Cobbler


1 box of cornbread mix (10-12 ounces) and whatever is required to prepare it, or homemade cornbread batter

2 cans of black beans (rinsed)

1 can of diced tomatoes (spicy if you so desire)

½ t* cumin

½ t salt

¼ t pepper

* “t” stands for teaspoon


Prepare cornbread batter as directed by box or recipe, and set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine black beans, diced tomatoes, cumin, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese.  Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 9 x 9 pan, and pour in bean mixture.  Spoon the cornbread batter over the top of the bean mixture, and spread evenly.  Cook for 45 minutes, until set in the middle.  Let cool slightly before serving.  We had it with steamed broccoli and fruit salad, and there was just enough left for lunch the next day.

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