Chili Cornbread Casserole

September/October 2010

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Here’s a fun way to serve chili and cornbread together. Don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you—this casserole is easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.

"I love this recipe but unless the sodium is cut drastictly I would' not be able to eat it. If you could give us sodium free or close to it recipes, it would appriciated Anonymous "
Chili Cornbread Casserole

26 Reviews for Chili Cornbread Casserole

Delicious and Easy!

I've made this several times because both my guy and I love it, plus it's so easy to make and keeps well in the fridge for several days as leftovers. I've made it with ground turkey, but prefer leaving out the meat for a vegetarian entree instead. I omit the salt in the cornbread recipe and use home-cooked beans instead of canned. I also like to use a mix of smoked gouda and cheddar. Today I'm going to use soy chorizo in the chili and smoked cheese- I think that will be a delicious combo!

Easy and quick to make. Also easy to adjust the recipe.
Comments (2)


Anonymous wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

I have been making a very

I have been making a very similar recipe for´s delicious and is really well received at pot lucks, etc. Try omitting some of the "extras" and use your old chili recipe AND your old corn bread recipe. Sometimes, "less is more"!

siegel_emily wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I should also add that omitting the meat cuts down the prep time, since all that is required for the chili is to sauté the veggies and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Every so often I make a huge batch of beans then rinse and freeze in portions to use whenever I need them, which also cuts down on prep time while saving money and using less processed ingredients.

Tasty, reheated well

My young kids and husband liked it and only my husband detected the presence of whole wheat in the cornbread. I omitted the cilantro from the cornbread. I split into two dishes, and baked them at the same time. It got gently reheated in the microwave a number of times (over a longer heating on low power, with a lid) and didn't lose too much of the original taste or texture for having been abused in such a fashion.

Easy, healthy, reheated well
Loved it...but next time

The cornbread topping was a VERY thin liquid...I was expecting it to be more dough like and thick...but it poured on and I was afraid it wouldn't turn out. However, it turned out just like the picture. Next time I will try canned diced tomatoes instead of crushed tomatoes or use 1/2 of each kind. I doubled the recipe and cut back on the amount of chili by 1 TBSP because there were 3 kids eating. I served it with red enchilada sauce on the side. Tasty...even our cilantro hater loved it!

11 people cleaned their plates and came back for more
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loisfreeman wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I should have said that the topping was just like the picture...the chili had no liquid at was very thick...very good...but very thick...that's why I'll try the diced tomatoes....

only used the cornbread topping, but...

Been looking for a cornbread topping with whole wheat flour. This was excellent. Used a chili recipe from another source that we love and then topped with this cornbread to make a casserole.


I love this recipe but unless the sodium is cut drastictly I would' not be able to eat it.
If you could give us sodium free or close to it recipes,
it would appriciated


Comments (1)


deetsgooch wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

I would hope that using salt-free beans and tomatoes would reduce the salt quite a bit. This cornbread recipe requires salt and baking soda and baking powder which all add soduim. I would look for a low salt cornbread recipe but add the cilantro. There are also salt, BS and BP substitutes that work very well in recipes. As a vegetarian I have gotten very good at subbing ingredients so that I can still enjoy great recipes. So don't discount a recipe, make adjustments.

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