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Craving Comfort Food? Make this Cornbread Chili Casserole


Do you love warm cornbread and chili as a comforting Fall meal? If you’re looking for a yummy way to combine the two, check out this easy Cornbread Chili Casserole! It makes for a delicious and simple meal any day of the week.


Cornbread Chili Casserole

*Adapted from Mr.Food.com

1 Large Onion, chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 pounds Ground Beef, or Ground Turkey
1-28 oz. can Crushed Tomatoes
2 -16 oz. cans Red Kidney Beans, drained
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
2-8.5oz. packages of Corn Muffin Mix (Such as Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix)
{Plus – Ingredients for batter}


Directions: In a large pot over med/high heat add a little olive oil and cook onions and garlic for a couple of minutes until tender. Add ground meat and brown 8-10 minutes until cooked. Drain off any excess liquid. Add remaining chili ingredients except for cornbread mix and let simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. Transfer chili to a large 9×13 casserole dish.

Make cornbread batter and pour over the top of chili. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes until cornbread is golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Serve with sour cream and cheese if desired. Serves 8


  • I used my favorite oven safe 3 Quart Enamel Cast Iron pan to make it a one pot meal. You could also use a Cast Iron Dutch Oven pot or just transfer to a large casserole dish to bake like the recipe states.
  • The original recipe calls for one box of muffin mix and we use two boxes so the bread top is thicker. If you’d like less cornbread, just use one box and decrease baking time to around 20 minutes.
  • If you like spicy chili add more chili powder, cayenne pepper, or we like to use Tabasco.
  • I didn’t have a large can of crushed tomatoes on hand and instead used one 15oz. can crushed tomatoes, and one 15oz. can diced tomatoes, drained. It worked out great.

This dish tastes amazing…. Comfort food at it’s BEST! We love chili and this is a great quick and basic recipe. You could also substitute your own favorite chili recipe and use the same idea for those times you have leftover chili to use up. Next time I’d like to experiment with adding corn, chilies, and cheese to the cornbread batter.  Yum!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 43

  1. CourtA

    I’ve been making this for years but doing it the cheater’s way 😊 with Stagg Steak House chili and Marie Callendar’s corn bread mix. 13×9 pan 3 cans of chili on the bottom, pour prepared corn bread mix on top, bake, and voila! It’s great for potlucks and it reheats really well, too. Yum!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Nice! Great idea

  2. babymair

    Thx so much for this recipe.!! And all of your recipes .This will b perfect with the cold weather on the way.And I can always keep the ingredients on hand in case we r snowed in.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- thanks for stopping by!

  3. Karen

    I make a simolar recipe but use salsa instead of the tomatoes & add 1/2 cup cheese to cornbread mix & also top it with cheese. So yummy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yum! Great idea

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Amy!

    • Jill P.

      I also use that one and it’s great!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  4. Just Me

    I make taco meat and put cornbread on top and bake. My son loves it.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yummy! Great idea

  5. Julia L.

    Yummy! I want to try this on the first chilly evening of fall. Thank you and great pictures!

  6. barbara

    I use to have this as a child and totally forgot about it til I saw this post! Now I can make it for my kids. Thanks Collin!

  7. TD

    This recipe is so yummy. I used to buy Jiffy cornbread mix until I discovered Krusteaz honey cornbread mix.

  8. Fun

    I used to love watching Mr Food… RIP.

    • Julie

      Me too! “Ooh, it’s sooo gooood!”

  9. nel

    Love this. I do add creamed corn to the cornbread mix too. Easy to tailor to your family’s preferences and freezes well. Can bake from frozen or thawed.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great idea!

  10. Steph

    This is called corn pone pie where I’m from:) my favorite meal!

  11. Jeanette

    Yummy! Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- enjoy!

  12. Cori

    I make this regularly but I like to mix corn into my chili and put cheese on top of chili before pouring the cornbread mix. I also sprinkle some cheese on top of the cornbread or mix it in. If I want it spicy I mix jalapeños and cheese into the cornbread mix .

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sounds great! Thanks Cori 😀

  13. Kelly

    We make something similar and add hot dog slices to it. It’s a huge hit! We’ve done it with cornbread on the bottom and top as well. With a cool morning like today, this might be on our menu tonight…

  14. MsB

    One of my favorite dishes! Thanks for sharing!

  15. mel

    Yes, you’ll def want to add chopped green chilies & cheese to the cornbread mixture. Really ups the flavor!! I also prefer to use Quaker Corn meal mix to make the cornbread topping. IDK if it’s just me, but I find Jiffy tastes weird.

    • Chelwood

      Jiffy has a sweet taste to it like cake IMO. I’m going to use Mexican cornbread mix and your idea to add the chilies

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Sounds yummy!

  16. StephB

    Yum! Such a great easy one pot dinner I might try making corn bread from scratch for the top:)
    Thanks for the fun new dinner ideas!

  17. Erin

    We’re still in the 90s here, but when the cool weather comes, this will be awesome! Thanks!

  18. Saving Mom

    Thanks so much ! Sounds delicious!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- thanks for stopping by!

  19. KD

    If I use minced garlic in a jar how much do you use? I’m not sure how that figures out to a clove of garlic. Any ideas?? Thank you

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      1/2 teaspoon minced typically equals a clove of garlic. 😀

  20. Dd

    Made this tonight! Excellent. Any ideas on how this will freeze????

  21. kd

    Do you think I could cook this in two small dishes instead of one big one? If so what size dishes would I use? I thought I could drop one off to my grandmother since there is only my husband and me. Thanks.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! Great idea ❤️

  22. flavours2017

    Grt recipe and thanks for sharing 😊

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for stopping by!! 👍

  23. Melissa

    Could I do this recipe without the beans? Kids and hubby dislike beans. Would I need to substitute it somehow?

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