Though chili pairs well with many foods, you can't go wrong with sweet cornbread. The classic combination is hearty, satisfying and full of flavor. So, why not make both in a cornbread chili pie casserole? In this two-for-one recipe, you can enjoy cornbread and chili in every bite. Read on to meet your new go-to potluck dish.

Bake cornbread chili pie casserole

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Chili Layer

Things You’ll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef, turkey or chicken

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, deseeded and diced

  • 15 ounces canned corn

  • 3 garic cloves, minced

  • 15 ounces canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Olive oil

Ingredients for chili

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 3-quart casserole dish.

In a large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons oil. Cook the bell peppers and onions for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Cook bell peppers and onions

Step 2

Add the ground meat and cook for 10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Use a spatula to break up the meat as it cooks. Drain the fat, if necessary.

Cook ground meat

Step 3

Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, corn, beans and spices. Stir well and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes or until thick.

Add crushed tomatoes and simmer

Cornbread Layer

Things You’ll Need

  • 3 8.5-ounce boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

Ingredients for cornbread layer

Step 1

Add all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine cornbread ingredients

Step 2

Stir until combined.

Mix cornbread batter

Cornbread Chili Pie Casserole

Things You’ll Need

  • Chili

  • Cornbread batter

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping

Ingredients for cornbread chili pie casserole

Step 1

Fill the casserole dish 2/3 full with chili. (You'll likely have 1 to 2 cups of chili leftover.) Top with shredded cheese.

Add chili and cheese to casserole dish

Step 2

Layer the cornbread batter on top, spreading into an even layer.

Add cornbread batter

Step 3

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cornbread is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Serve with sour cream, scallions and/or extra cheese.

Cornbread chili pie casserole

For an extra kick, garnish with sliced jalapeño peppers or a drizzle of hot sauce.

Cornbread chili pie casserole recipe


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