Chili & Cornbread Casserole

Chili & Cornbread Casserole – sweet cornbread topped with a quick homemade chili and cheese. Comfort food at its best!!! Top with your favorite chili toppings. We like sour cream, fried onions and jalapeños. Jiffy mix, creamed corn, eggs, milk, cheese, ground beef, chili seasoning, diced tomatoes, chili beans, tomato sauce. The whole family LOVED this easy weeknight casserole! It is definitely going into the rotation! #casserole #chili #cornbread #groundbeef #jiffymix

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Cheesy Chili Cornbread Casserole

Chili and cornbread is one of our favorite meals this time of year. I decided to combine the two into one delicious casserole. Sweet cornbread topped with a quick homemade chili. Comfort food at its best!! SO good! Not only is this casserole delicious, but it is also super easy to make. Ready to eat in under an hour!

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How to Make Chili Cornbread Casserole

As I said, this casserole is super easy to make. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting 5 or 10 minutes for the casserole to cool off before digging in. You need to give the cornbread a few minutes to set up before slicing into the casserole. It will fall apart if you dive right in after pulling it out of the oven.

Start with making the cornbread layer with Jiffy mix, creamed corn, cheese, egg, milk. Pop it in the oven and make the chili. In a skillet brown some ground beef. Add a packet of chili seasoning, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chili beans. Remove the cornbread from the oven and top with the chili. Add some more cheese and finish baking.

  • Can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
  • I added beans to my chili. If you don’t like beans, just omit them from the recipe. It will still taste great!
  • If you like a spicier chili, swap out the diced tomatoes for a can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles. YUM!
  • Can Chili Cornbread Casserole be made in advance? Yes. Prepare the cornbread and do the first baking. Top the cornbread with chili and cheese and refrigerate.
  • Can Chili Cornbread Casserole be frozen? Yes. Prepare the cornbread and do the first baking. Top the cornbread with chili and cheese and freeze. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.
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What to Serve with Chili Casserole

We absolutely loved this casserole. The combination of sweet cornbread and savory chili was perfect! We topped the casserole with our favorite chili toppings – sour cream, jalapeño and fried onions. YUM! Give this casserole the next time you get a craving for chili. I promise it won’t disappoint!

You don’t need a lot of side dishes to go with this casserole. Maybe some green beans or a salad. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy casserole:

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Chili & Cornbread Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Chili & Cornbread Casserole – sweet cornbread topped with a quick homemade chili and cheese. Comfort food at its best!!! Top with your favorite chili toppings. We like sour cream, fried onions and jalapeños. Jiffy mix, creamed corn, eggs, milk, cheese, ground beef, chili seasoning, diced tomatoes, chili beans, tomato sauce. The whole family LOVED this easy weeknight casserole! It is definitely going into the rotation! #casserole #chili #cornbread #weeknightdinner

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8.5-oz) pkg corn muffin mix
  • 1 (14.75-oz) can creamed corn
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (1.75-oz) package chili seasoning
  • 1 (15-oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-oz) can chili beans, undrained
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine muffin mix, corn, eggs, milk, and 1 cup of the cheese. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain fat. Add chili seasoning packet, diced tomatoes, chili beans and tomato sauce. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Pour beef mixture over cornbread and top with remaining cup of cheese. Bake for an 20 additional minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes and cut into 6 or 8 squares. Top with favorite taco toppings, if desired.

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
  • I added beans to my chili. If you don’t like beans, just omit them from the recipe. It will still taste great!
  • If you like a spicier chili, swap out the diced tomatoes for a can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles. YUM!
  • Can Chili Cornbread Casserole be made in advance? Yes. Prepare the cornbread and do the first baking. Top the cornbread with chili and cheese and refrigerate.
  • Can Chili Cornbread Casserole be frozen? Yes. Prepare the cornbread and do the first baking. Top the cornbread with chili and cheese and freeze. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.

Steph

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  1. I prepared this as listed and my goodness; it was delicious. I topped it with little more cheese, red onions, jalapeños, and sour cream with green beans on the side. Thank you!

    1. I suggest freezing this casserole after baking. To reheat the casserole after freezing, thaw completely and cover with foil. Bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes until warm.

  2. OH.MY.GOODNESS!! I made this for supper tonight and it was SOO good!! My husband and my son told me not to make chili again unless I made it like this!! It was super easy too!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    1. I haven't made this with the creamed corn. So without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

    2. You can just skip the cornbread with creamed corn and make buscuits or get some rolls as a substitute. The yummy chili casserole will go with anything!!

    3. No, you do not have to use the corn. If you omit the corn just add a splash more milk to make up for the liquid in the creamed corn.
      Another thing I like to do sometimes is add some chopped jalapenos or green onions to the cornbread mixture. Good luck and enjoy.

    1. What a great idea! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

    2. I'm sure it can. This recipe is very similar to a Mexican cornbread which has the meat on the bottom and cornbread on top. Just cook the cornbread as directed by the instructions.

  3. Stephanie,

    What kind of muffin mix do you use? I'm not a big fan of the sweet mix and wondering which less sweet version works.

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