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RECIPE: Chili Corn Bread Salad, A Mexican Layered Salad

Here’s a variation of the popular Mexican layered salad that’s begging to be served for Cinco de Mayo. The difference: crumbled corn bread, mascarpone and ranch dressing instead of sour cream, and no guacamole.

This Chili Corn Bread Salad recipe was adapted from another recipe by Emily Carncross of Lodi, Wisconsin. She used Crave Brothers mascarpone (one of the world’s best—more about Crave cheeses) and Wisconsin Cheddar.*

Emily comments, “I was looking for something different to bring to a potluck and came across this salad. I did not have any sour cream, so I substituted mascarpone cheese and really liked the taste it added to the dressing.”

*Why is Cheddar capitalized? It’s due to editorial style. Some publications capitalize the names of foods named after places. Cheddar is a place, as are Asiago, Brie, Camembert, Gorgonzola, Parmesan (Parma), Roquefort and many others. Other cheese names, such as blue cheese, chevre/goat cheese, cream cheese and mozzarella, are descriptive rather than place names. THE NIBBLE thus does not capitalize them.


A Mexican-style layered salad with a surprise: corn bread! Photo courtesy


Mexican Layered Salad Ingredients

  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, undrained
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of sage
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces, each) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

    1. BAKE. Prepare corn bread batter according to package directions. Stir in the chilies, cumin, oregano and sage. Spread in a greased 8-inch-square baking pan. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool.

    2. MIX. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, mascarpone and dressing mix; set aside.

    3. LAYER. Crumble half of the corn bread into a 13x9x2-inch pan. Layer with half of the beans, mayonnaise mixture, corn, tomatoes, green peppers, onion, bacon and cheese. Repeat for a second layer (the dish will be very full).

    4. CHILL. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or longer. Yield: 12 servings.


    Check out this handsome white ceramic casserole nestled in a woven rattan basket:

  • Medium: L 13 x 7 x 3
  • Large: 16 1/2″L x 8 1/2″W x 4″H

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