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Easy Chili Cornbread Skillet Casserole Bake Recipe

Easy Chili Cornbread Skillet Casserole Bake is a family-favorite dinner in our house. The recipe combines the rich flavors of chili with a comforting golden cornbread top, all perfectly combined in a single skillet.

Cook up some cherished family moments with our Easy Chili Cornbread Skillet Casserole Bake – a must-try recipe for a busy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. 

baked chili cornbread skillet bake on a lodge cast iron skillet on a cream and white cloth  a black bowl with cheddar cheese in it to serve on top from a top view

What You Will Love about One Pot Chili Cornbread Skillet Bake

  • Effortless Preparation: A single oven-safe skillet for stove top cooking means less cleanup and more time with your family.
  • Warm and Cozy Comfort Food: The perfect easy recipe for chilly evenings for your hungry family.
  • Budget-Friendly Recipe: Make a delicious, filling meal without breaking the bank using a packaged mix for the cornbread
  • Leftover Easy: Even better the next day, making for a hassle-free lunch or dinner for any night of the week.
  • Easy Cleanup: Only one cast iron skillet for the ground beef mixture and one medium bowl for the cornbread.
  • Family Friendly Flavors:  A great recipe for the entire family even your picky eaters.
  • Beginner-Friendly: Perfect for those new to cooking.
  • Traditional Flavors: A delicious Homemade chili and a topping that will remind you of your cowboy cornbread casserole that you make with jiffy cornbread mix.
  • Sentimental Comfort: Evoking cherished childhood favorites and bringing back favorite memories of cool nights, fall leaves, and homemade chili.
Easy Chili Cornbread Skillet Casserole Bake Recipe close up of the skillet on the stove top with a serving spoon and a slice removed.

Tools Needed:

  • 1 Large Cast Iron Skillet
  • Large Wooden Spoon
  • Large Serving Spoon
  • Large Mixing Bowl
close up of a slice gone and the serving spoon in the skillet with onion, green pepper, corn and ground beef with the cornbread topping golden brown on top.

Ingredients Needed for Chili Cornbread Bake

  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 Green or Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground Beef
  • 2 Garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cumin
  • 1 can Kidney Beans (can substitute chili beans or cannellini beans)
  • 1 can of Tomato Sauce  (15 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen Corn
  • 1 package of Cornbread mix plus ingredients required on the box
chili cornbread skillet bake on a lodge cast iron skillet on a cream and white cloth with a white plate with a serving with a fork and a black bowl with cheddar cheese in it to serve on top top view with a sering cut out of the skillet

Easy Chili Cornbread Skillet Casserole Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F or 190° C
  2. Over medium heat in the cast iron skillet add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and saute one medium onion for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the lean ground beef and cook until cooked through.
  5. Add the chili powder and cumin and stir.
  6. Add the kidney beans and tomato sauce. Cook another 2 minutes. Turn off the stove top. 
  7. While the ground beef mixture is cooking prepare the cornbread mixture.
  8. Mix together the cornbread mix, the egg, milk or half and half, and light olive oil and mix. (You can use your family or favorite homemade cornbread instead of the prepared cornbread mix)
  9. Gently spoon the cornbread batter on top of the chili in the cast iron skillet. Gently spread to the edge of the skillet.
  10. Place the cast iron skillet on a cookie sheet and cook in the 375° oven for 25 to 35 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown and a toothpick comes out dry. 
  11. Serve with your favorite chili toppings or tortilla chips. 
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Easy Chili Cornbread Skillet Casserole Bake Recipe chili cornbread skillet bake on a lodge cast iron skillet on a cream and white cloth with a white plate with a serving with a fork and a black bowl with cheddar cheese in it to serve on top top view with a sering cut out of the skillet

Easy Chili Cornbread Skillet Casserole Bake Recipe

  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Mail Dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Easy Chili Cornbread Skillet Casserole Bake is a family-favorite dinner in our house. The recipe combines the rich flavors of chili with a comforting golden cornbread top, all perfectly combined in a single skillet. 


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 1 Green or Red Pepper chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 can Kidney Beans (can substitute chili beans or cannellini beans)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen Corn
  • 1 can of Tomato Sauce 15 oz

For the Cornbread Topping:

  • 1 box of Krusteaz Honey Cornbread
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup of Milk or fat-free 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1/3 cup of light olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F or 190° C
  2. Over medium heat in the cast iron skillet add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and saute one medium onion for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the lean ground beef and cook until cooked through.
  5. Add the chili powder and cumin and stir.
  6. Add the kidney beans and tomato sauce. Cook another 2 minutes. Turn off the stove top. 
  7. While the ground beef mixture is cooking prepare the cornbread mixture.
  8. Mix together the cornbread mix, the egg, milk or half and half, and light olive oil and mix. (You can use your family or favorite homemade cornbread instead of the prepared cornbread mix)
  9. Gently spoon the cornbread batter on top of the chili in the cast iron skillet. Gently spread to the edge of the skillet.
  10. Place the cast iron skillet on a cookie sheet and cook in the 375° oven for 25 to 35 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown and a toothpick comes out dry. 
  11. Serve with your favorite chili toppings or tortilla chips. 

Notes

  1. This recipe also make a delicious casserole. Just make the ground beef mixture in a large skillet and transfer to a casserole dish. Make your cornbread mixture and layer on top and bake as above. 
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