Chili and Cornbread is featured on our menu pretty regularly during the winter, so I try to change things up once in a while. Instead of making a side of cornbread to go with my chili, I occasionally use the chili as a filling in my cornbread and make Chili Pie. It is the ultimate comfort food and is my kids favorite way to eat chili!
I use a sweet cornbread recipe and add peppers. You can also add cheddar cheese to the cornbread dough to add savory to the mix of sweet and spicy. Half of the cornbread mix is put into the pan, then chili is spooned over the dough, and the chili is topped with the remaining cornbread mix. If you follow a gluten-free diet, you can reduce the oil and add peppers to this gluten-free cornbread recipe .
Chili Pie is a great ways to use up leftover chili. I’ve included a recipe below, but you can use any chili recipe. You do need to strain off the excess liquid from the chili or it will make the bread soggy. I use a slotted spoon to strain the chili before putting it in the pie.
The chili recipe below makes more than needed for one Chili Pie. You can double the cornbread recipe and make 2 chili pies or repurpose the leftover chili in Chili Stuffed Potatoes  and Chili Pasta Bake .
Yield – 6 servings
Preparation Time – 20 minutes
Cooking Time – 30 – 35 minutes
- 1/2 lb. hamburger
- 1 small onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup peppers diced (I used red and green)
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 corn meal
- 1 1/4 flour
- 1/4 cup sugar (or honey)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 cup peppers
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (optional)
- Brown hamburger with onions, garlic, and peppers.
- Add tomatoes, beans and spices. Cook over a medium-high flame until it reaches a boil. Lower flame and simmer for 15 minutes.
- While the chili is simmering, begin making the cornbread. In a medium bowl, blend the corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Add the milk, egg, and oil to the dry ingredients; stir just long enough to ensure dry ingredients are moist. Stir in peppers and cheese. Pour half of the batter into a greased 8×8 pan.
- Using a slotted spoon, spoon 3 cups of chili on top of the corn bread mix. Pour the rest of the cornbread batter on top of the chili.
- Bake at 400 for 30 – 35 minutes or until the top begins to brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
I serve Chili Pie with a garden salad.