Here is a simple little beef dish that sounds a bit weird but is definitely tasty.


  • 1 pound  ground beef
  • 1 pound  tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup  pitted olives (such as green, ripe, Kalamata, and/or Nicoise), coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup  water
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1 8 1/2ounce package corn muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup  shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
  • Pitted olives, coarsely chopped tomatoes, and cilantro leaves (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a 12-inch skillet cook beef until browned. Drain off fat. Add chopped tomatoes, the 1/2 cup olives, the water, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

2. Prepare corn muffin mix according to package directions. Divide hot ground beef among four (12- to 16-ounce) casserole dishes . Top with muffin mix; sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until topping is light golden and cooked through. If desired, top with olives, chopped tomatoes, and cilantro.