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Southwest Cornbread Stuffing

Add a little kick to your holiday dressing this year. Our Southwest Cornbread Stuffing is a sure-fire way to keep your dinner guests coming back for more!

Southwest Cornbread Stuffing #holiday #thanksgiving #mexican

Anyone can tell you the name of their favorite holiday dish. Particularly on Thanksgiving.

Mine is, and has always been, cornbread stuffing.

That may surprise some of you, with such highly praised holiday competitors as pumpkin pie, braised turkey, and sweet roasted sweet potatoes.

Yet there is something ridiculously comforting about a bread-based dish saturated in butter and herbs.

Making Southwest Cornbread Stuffing #holiday #thanksgiving #mexican

Once the weather turns cold, I immediately start obsessing over the endless ways one could prepare cornbread stuffing.

I certainly love traditional stuffing recipes, but often find the ramped-up alternative versions even more appealing.

Easy Southwest Cornbread Stuffing #holiday #thanksgiving #mexican

Today’s Southwest Cornbread Stuffing is a wonderful alternative that incorporates lots of fresh veggies and a bit of spice.

The southwest spices complement the cornbread base in such a way, that even though this stuffing recipe isn’t traditional, it would fit in perfectly with your classic Thanksgiving or Christmas menu.

How to Make Southwest Cornbread Stuffing #holiday #thanksgiving #mexican

I started this quick and easy Southwest Cornbread Stuffing by sautéing onions, garlic, celery and peppers until tender. Then I add bold and tangy Old El Paso “Roasted Tomato” Mexican Cooking Sauce, Old El Paso Green Chiles, black olives for contrast, and fresh cilantro.

Old El Paso Mexican Cooking Sauces are a new product that allow you to simmer up quick flavorful dishes in a flash. However, I found the fresh zesty flavor provided wonderful seasoning to my Southwest Cornbread Stuffing!

Bold Southwest Cornbread Stuffing #holiday #thanksgiving #mexican

Before baking, I tossed in shredded Mexican cheeses, to bring all the flavors together.

Just look at that! Zesty and indulgent. Bold and comforting. A super-star on any table.

Amazing Southwest Cornbread Stuffing #holiday #thanksgiving #mexican

Southwest Cornbread Stuffing is quick to whip up and throw in the oven, but would also be amazing stuffed inside your holiday bird!

Imagine a juicy turkey packed full of Southwest Cornbread Stuffing, then rubbed down with butter, cumin and chile powder.

Spicy and swoon-worthy!

Simple Southwest Cornbread Stuffing #holiday #thanksgiving #mexican

Southwest Cornbread Stuffing #holiday #thanksgiving #mexican
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Southwest Cornbread Stuffing

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Easy and flavorful Southwest Cornbread Stuffing that will have your holiday guests coming back for more! This cornbread stuffing is filled to the brim with goodness.
Servings: 12


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 red bell pepper seeded and chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper seeded and chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 packet Old El Paso "Roasted Tomato" Mexican Cooking Sauce (or 1 can red enchilada sauce)
  • 4.5 ounces Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles
  • 3.8 ounces sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro + extra for garnish
  • 14 ounces dried cornbread stuffing
  • 2 cups shredded "Mexican blend" cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock or vegetable
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, onion, garlic, celery and chopped bell peppers. Saute and stir for 3-5 minutes, until soft. Then turn off the heat and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour the Old El Paso Mexican Cooking Sauce into the skillet, followed by the green chiles, olives, cilantro, and dried stuffing. Stir to combine. Then toss in the shredded cheese, reserving a handful for the top.
  • Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Then spoon the cornbread stuffing into the dish. Drizzle the stock over the top of the stuffing, covering the entire dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese and a little more cilantro.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden and the cheese has melted. Serve warm.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 267kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 1089mg, Potassium: 202mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 810IU, Vitamin C: 21.7mg, Calcium: 172mg, Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Sommer Collier

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions are my own.

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19 comments on “Southwest Cornbread Stuffing”

  1. I can not find online or in store the roasted tomato sauce. What is a substation for this item?
    Thank you! 

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  4. Hey there, looks Delicious!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Do you bake this goodness covered or uncovered?

  5. I love stuffing! It’s a definite must at Thanksgiving and a cook it for dinner often too. This looks amazing, I love the southwest vibe! I cannot wait to try it.

  6. Stuffing is my favorite thanksgiving dish too. What a delicious spicy twist. Looks amazing! Pinned!

  7. Such a festive flavored corn bread!! Thanksgiving guests would LOVE it!

  8. Love all that vegetable and cheese you added to this stuffing! The cornbread version is the best!

  9. This looks great! I am a big fan of unconventional stuffings! Such a unique flavor combo!

  10. Southwest cornbread stuffing – such a great idea. Love that flavor profile.

  11. This may be my favorite Old El Paso recipe of yours yet!! I adore cornbread, especially as a stuffing. But these flavors!! Whoa bessie!

  12. Cornbread stuffing is irresistible for me. Love the southwest twist!

  13. Last year was the first time I made cornbread stuffing. OH MY GOODNESS! Amazing stuff. Love the southwest vibe!

  14. Maybe it is because I am from the Pacific Northwest, but I have never had Cornbread StuffinG!! But this sure looks delicious!

  15. What a great twist on the traditional stuffing recipe.

  16. This southwest stuffing looks lovely! So much great stuff in there!