Cornbread Chili Pie Casserole Recipe

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Step 3

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

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Cornbread Layer

Things You'll Need

  • 3 8.5-ounce boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

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Step 1

Add all the ingredients in a large bowl.

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Step 2

Stir until combined.

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Cornbread Chili Pie Casserole

Things You'll Need

  • Chili

  • Cornbread batter

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

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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.

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Step 2

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

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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.

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

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