Southern-Style Beef Pie

Note: This high-calorie recipe is especially for teens with cystic fibrosis (CF). Teens with CF often need to consume additional calories to help them meet their nutritional needs.

Serve this dish alone or add some vegetables on the side. This high-calorie meal tastes even better the next day. 

Prep time: 75 minutes


2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1/2 c. onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 lb. ground beef

16 oz. can red kidney beans, drained

14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained

2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded

8 1/2 oz. cornbread mix

1/3 c. heavy cream

1 egg

1/4 c. sour cream

8 1/2 oz. can of creamed corn


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In medium skillet, sauté onion and garlic in vegetable oil over medium heat. Cook approximately 10 minutes until tender, but not brown.
  3. Add cumin, chili powder, cocoa, and cinnamon to skillet.
  4. Add ground beef and cook at medium high heat. Cook meat until browned.
  5. Add red kidney beans and tomatoes to meat mixture and remove from heat.
  6. Spoon beef mixture into a greased 2-quart casserole dish.
  7. Spread shredded cheddar cheese on top of meat.
  8. In a separate bowl, mix cornbread mix, milk, egg, sour cream, and creamed corn together.
  9. Pour cornbread batter over top of meat and cheese. Spread batter evenly.
  10. Bake for 40 minutes or until top of cornbread is golden brown. 

Serves: 6

Serving size: 1 1/4 cups

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

761 calories

37 g protein

45 g fat

1100 mg sodium

412 mg calcium

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Variations and suggestions:

You can cut this recipe in half and make cornbread muffins with the leftover batter.

Reviewed by: Allison Brinkley, RD, LD/N
Date reviewed: March 2009

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