Sharon’s Southern Beans, Potatoes and Cornbread

by Sharon on June 16, 2011

This is Grandpa’s special supper. He is from Alabama and taught me how to make this quick and easy meal.  Nana and Grandpa live with us and this is our favorite food to eat together with all the children.

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Southern Beans, Potatoes and Cornbread

Yield – 8 servings
Preparation Time – 15 minutes
Cooking Time – 25 minutes


  • 2 cups plain yellow cornmeal  ($ .88) (Cornbread)
  • 1/4 t. baking powder  ($ .04)  (Cornbread)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil  ($ .08)   (Cornbread)
  • 1 egg  ($ .14)  (Cornbread)
  • Dash of salt ($ .03)    (Cornbread)
  • 1 and 1/2 c milk ( $ .27) (Cornbread)
  • 5 pounds potatoes ($2.20)
  • 2 cans black eyed peas (15.5 oz) ($1.13 each = $2.26)
  • 2 cans pinto beans (15.5 oz)  ($1.13 each = $2.26)


  • Peel and cut potatoes. Fry in electric skillet (in a little oil) at 300 degrees for around 25 minutes.
  • Mix together cornmeal, baking powder, vegetable oil, egg, milk and salt.  Pour this into a greased 9″ cake pan. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Open cans of beans and peas. Warm these up separately.
  • Serve potatoes, beans and peas with a slice of warm cornbread.

Cost $8.16

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine June 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm

There’s no flour in the cornbread recipe, am I reading that correctly?


Tricia June 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm



Sharon June 18, 2011 at 5:29 am

That is correct. There is no flour.


Feifel June 20, 2011 at 6:08 am

I usually add buttermilk to my corn bread recipe, otherwise it is the same as yours. Did you forget to list the milk? Thanks.


Sharon June 20, 2011 at 6:15 am

Oh Feifel, thanks! I just fixed it!


Julie June 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I swear, living with a single mom in WV, we nearly had this every week as it was cheap and easy. I have tried to add a little additional healthy, by using olive oil to cook the potatoes in, adding a bit of seasoned garlic mix to it, and sometimes will put green peppers and onions in the potatoes. Often, I go lazy and just do Jiffy cornbread. My family loves this and it is a super comfort food for me!


Sharon June 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Julie, that’s wonderful to hear!!


Beth May 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm

I made this cornbread tonight and it did not turn out like light and fluffy… it was dense and heavy and we ended up not eating it. I’m wondering if there is an ingredient missing?


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