Fiesta Bake Aka Pretty Good Goop

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is like a cheater tamale pie. My husband's grandpa used to call it "Pretty Good Goop" when he asked Grandma to make it! We have tried many variations of this recipe. I have listed some at the end.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium high heat until beef is no longer pink. Drain.
  3. Stir in salsa, taco seasoning and water. Bring to boil.
  4. Reduce Heat and cook until thickened. 5-6 minutes.
  5. Stir in corn and olives.
  6. Spoon into an ungreased 8x8 baking dish.
  7. Prepare corn muffin mix according to directions. Stir in cheese and green chiles.
  8. Spread corn muffin mixture over the meat mixture.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cornbread is browned and center is done.
  10. Top with additional salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese or ? if desired.
  11. We have added pinto beans, kidney beans, red or green pepper- added the green chiles to the meat mixture instead of the cornbread mixture, added the corn to the cornbread -- it is very versatile. It freezes okay too.


Most Helpful

really yummy! i did switch the beef for soy, and it was still very yummy! my daughter loved it! excellent work!

Angie M-G May 19, 2009

We had this for dinner last night, and it turned out really good! There were a couple of things that I did differently, only because I didn't have everything on hand. I added a little green pepper in with the onions and meat, as I needed to use it up. Instead of the salsa, I put a can of tomatoes with diced chilies in the meat. I didn't have a can of green chilies, so I only put cheese in the jiffy mix. It cooked up beautifully (I was going to submit a photo, but the camera wasn't working), and I love that its so versatile. I think next time I might add some beans to the meat, and maybe some sour cream to make it creamier. Thanks for such a great recipe!

Emily H. February 18, 2009

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