Cornbread Chili Pie

I’ve flipped through Reese’s Whiskey in a Teacup book a number of times, and finally added one of her recipes to the weekly menu – Cornbread Chili Pie. It was absolutely delicious and got rave reviews from the family. It really is a one pot meal (read my note below) and it reheated wonderfully. In fact, Mother and Daddy-O are coming to visit soon and I have this on the menu again for their stay!

Cornbread Chili Pie

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
2 (1.75-oz.) packets chili seasoning
1 (14-oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 c. chicken broth
2 (8.5-oz.) boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
2 eggs
2/3 c. milk
1 c. frozen corn, divided
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 (16-oz.) can kidney beans, drained

Suggested Toppings
Fresh salsa
Chopped green onion
Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a 9- or 10-inch cast-iron skillet or sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the onion and sauté for 1 minute before adding the garlic. Sauté for another minute and add the ground beef and pork, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon and stirring until the meat is brown.

NOTE: I started out with my 10″ cast iron skillet and it was not big enough. I had to move the mixture to a dutch oven to finish!

Drain off any excess fat and stir in the chili seasoning, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Mix over medium heat for 1 minute, then pour in the chicken broth. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the meat simmers, make the corn bread mixture: Stir together the Jiffy mix, eggs, and milk in a mixing bowl until just combined (do not overmix). Stir ½ cup of the frozen corn and the cheese into the corn bread batter and set aside. Stir the remaining ½ cup of corn and the kidney beans into the meat mixture.

If using a baking or casserole dish, transfer the meat mixture from the stove top to the baking dish. Pour the corn bread batter over the meat mixture and bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving with optional toppings such as salsa, green onion, sour cream, and shredded cheese.

The cute trio dish was a birthday gift and is from Nora Fleming. There are a few pieces and the attachments are all adorable. Here are links to mine:

Nora Fleming: Trio Dish & Pinata Mini

Oh, and if you are from the South or a fan of Reese, Whiskey in a Teacup really is a cute book. It’s well written, full of great pictures and has a lot of inspiration for celebrations, entertaining and home decor.

Stay safe this weekend – it looks like storms all over the South. We are off to a Grilled Cheese Festival today and then watching the Masters tomorrow.

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