Easy Mexican Beef Cornbread Muffins

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Total Recipe Time:  25 to 30 minutes
Makes 8 servings.

1 recipe Mexican-Style Beef Breakfast Sausage (recipe follows)
1 package (8-1/2 ounces) cornbread muffin mix
1 large egg
1/3 cup low-fat or skim milk
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
1.Prepare Mexican-Style Beef Sausage. Remove from pan.

Mexican-Style Beef Sausage:  Combine 1 pound Ground Beef, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves, 1-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder in large mixing bowl mixing lightly but thoroughly.  Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add sausage mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to  350°F. Prepare muffin batter according to package directions with egg and milk.  Fold sausage into muffin batter.

3.Spray 24 mini-muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. 
4.Divide muffin batter evenly among 24 mini muffin cups, filling cup to top.  Top batter evenly with cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until muffins are cooked through and cheese is melted and golden brown.

Cook's Tip:  Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving: 254 calories; 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 73 mg cholesterol; 490 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrate; 2.2 g fiber; 18 g protein; 4.2 mg niacin; 0.3 mg vitamin B6; 1.6 mcg vitamin B12; 2.5 mg iron; 15.5 mcg selenium; 3.7 mg zinc; 23.6 mg choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B12, selenium, and zinc as well as a good source of vitamin B6 and iron.
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