Fried Chicken Sandwich

If you like fried chicken, you are going to LOVE today’s recipe. Josh’s Fried Chicken Sandwich recipe is easy to make at home and better than any sandwich you can buy at a restaurant. Crispy, juicy, perfectly spiced fried chicken on a toast…

If you like fried chicken, you are going to LOVE today’s recipe. Josh’s Fried Chicken Sandwich recipe is easy to make at home and better than any sandwich you can buy at a restaurant. Crispy, juicy, perfectly spiced fried chicken on a toasted, buttery bun with a creamy sauce, refreshing slaw, and sweet pickles. Is…

Pumpkin Banana Bread

I LOVE baking quick breads and two of my all-time favorite recipes are banana bread and pumpkin bread. Well, I decided to bring two of my favorites together to make Pumpkin Banana Bread. You get the best of both worlds in ONE loaf! This is the perfect …

I LOVE baking quick breads and two of my all-time favorite recipes are banana bread and pumpkin bread. Well, I decided to bring two of my favorites together to make Pumpkin Banana Bread. You get the best of both worlds in ONE loaf! This is the perfect recipe to make when you have brown bananas…

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Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Josh and my boys LOVE a good, juicy steak. One of their favorite cuts is flank steak and they especially love grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce because it is loaded with flavor. They get steak AND an amazing sauce. The two combined are a match…

Josh and my boys LOVE a good, juicy steak. One of their favorite cuts is flank steak and they especially love grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce because it is loaded with flavor. They get steak AND an amazing sauce. The two combined are a match made in heaven. This recipes comes from my friend…

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Carrot Cake Muffins

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you like carrot cake, you are going to LOVE these Carrot Cake Muffins. They taste just like carrot cake but are totally acceptable for breakfast because they are muffins. YES! The muffins are super moist thanks to t…

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you like carrot cake, you are going to LOVE these Carrot Cake Muffins. They taste just like carrot cake but are totally acceptable for breakfast because they are muffins. YES! The muffins are super moist thanks to the fresh carrots and perfectly spiced thanks to the cinnamon, ginger,…

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Chili Cornbread Skillet

Some nights you just need something warm, comforting, and easy to help melt off the stresses of the day, like a big bowl of chili. And maybe some cornbread, too, for good measure. This easy Chili Cornbread Skillet has all the comfort of a pot of chili, with homemade cornbread baked right on top to […]

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Some nights you just need something warm, comforting, and easy to help melt off the stresses of the day, like a big bowl of chili. And maybe some cornbread, too, for good measure. This easy Chili Cornbread Skillet has all the comfort of a pot of chili, with homemade cornbread baked right on top to avoid excess dishes. Oh, and I hid a layer of gooey cheddar cheese between the chili and cornbread, too. Because cheese makes everything better!?

Originally posted 10-5-2013, updated 12-12-2019.

Cozy Chili Cornbread Skillet

Chili cornbread skillet in the skillet with wooden spoon, a serving scooped out onto a plate on the side.

What Kind of Skillet Should I Use?

You’ll want a deep, 4-quart skillet for this recipe. I used my 10″ 4-quart Oxo stainless steel skillet for this recipe. If needed, you could also use a smaller wide soup pot or Dutch oven. Using an oven safe skillet or pot is the best option, but read on if you do not own an oven safe skillet or pot.

What if I Don’t Have an Oven Safe Skillet?

If you only own teflon skillets, skillets with plastic handles, or skillets that have other non-safe parts, you can still make this recipe. Simply let the chili simmer in your skillet or pot while you make the cornbread, and then transfer to a 4-quart casserole dish before topping with the cornbread batter and baking.

Can I Add Meat to the Chili Cornbread Skillet?

Absolutely! I made a vegetarian version this time around because it’s quite cost effective and it makes the meal more pantry-staple friendly, but you can always add meat if you have it on hand or prefer your chili con carne. Simply replace one can of beans with one pound ground beef or turkey. Brown the meat in the skillet before adding the onion, garlic, and jalapeño in the beginning. 

Meal Prep and Freezer Friendly

This Chili Cornbread Skillet holds up extremely well in the refrigerator, and is also freezer friendly. As with any meal prep recipe, make sure to divide the dish into single serving portions right after cooking and get it into the refrigerator as soon as possible, so it cools quickly. Once cooled, the chili cornbread will keep in the refrigerator for about four days, or can be transferred to the refrigerator and kept frozen for about 3 months. You can see some of my favorite meal prep containers here.

Chili Cornbread Skillet in the skillet with some scooped out, on a yellow surface with black and white striped napkin

 

Chili Cornbread Skillet

This hearty and comforting Chili Cornbread Skillet is an easy, one-pot meal that is sure to make the whole family happy. Freezer friendly!

Chili

  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.04)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 1 yellow onion ($0.32)
  • 1 jalapeño (optional) ($0.15)
  • 1 15 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes ($0.89)
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste ($0.39)
  • 3 15 oz. cans beans (kidney, pinto, black) ($2.67)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder* ($0.30)
  • 1 tsp cumin ($0.10)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano ($0.05)
  • 1 tsp salt ($0.05)
  • 1 cup water ($0.00)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar ($0.85)

Cornbread

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal ($0.24)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour ($0.15)
  • 1/4 cup sugar ($0.20)
  • 4 tsp baking powder ($0.24)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1 cup milk ($0.31)
  • 1 large egg ($0.23)
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil ($0.16)
  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Slice the jalapeño lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and then dice the pepper. Add the cooking oil, onion, garlic, and jalapeño to a large 4-quart oven safe skillet. Sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent (about 5 minutes).

  2. Drain the canned beans then add them to the skillet with the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and water. Stir to combine.

  3. Allow the chili to come up to a simmer. Let the chili continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, as you prepare the cornbread topping.

  4. Begin to preheat the oven to 425ºF. In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until very well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and oil. Pour the milk mixture into the bowl with the cornmeal mixture and stir just until everything is moistened.

  5. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over top of the simmering chili. Carefully pour the cornbread batter over the chili and cheese, and spread it around until the surface is evenly covered.

  6. Transfer the skillet to the fully preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the cornbread is golden brown on the surface. To serve, simply scoop the cornbread and chili beneath onto a plate or bowl, and enjoy!

*The chili powder is a mild blend of chile peppers and other spices. It is not cayenne pepper, which is very spicy. I use this product, which has no heat at all. If your chili powder is spicy, start with a small amount and add more as needed.

Love chili? Check out my Simple Homemade Chili recipe with tons of ways to customize the flavors to make it your own! 

A plate with one serving of Chili Cornbread Skillet on a yellow surface with striped napkin

 

How to Make Chili Cornbread Skillet – Step by Step Photos

Diced onion jalapeño and garlic

Dice one yellow onion and mince two cloves of garlic. Slice the jalapeño lengthwise, scrape out the seeds with a spoon, then dice the remaining pepper. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño to a skillet with 1 Tbsp cooking oil. Sauté over medium heat until the onion is soft and translucent (about 5 minutes).

Remaining chili ingredients added to the skillet

Drain three 15 oz. cans of beans (any combo of kidney, black bean, or pinto—I used two black beans, one kidney). Add the beans to the skillet along with one 15 oz. can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, one 6 oz. can of tomato paste, 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1 tsp salt, and 1 cup water. Stir to combine. Allow the chili to come up to a simmer over medium heat. Continue to simmer the chili, stirring occasionally, as you prepare the cornbread batter.

Cornbread dry ingredients in a white bowl

Begin preheating the oven to 425ºF. Combine 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 4 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl. Stir until they are very well combined.

Cornbread wet ingredients in a separate white bowl

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup milk, 1 large egg, and 1/4 cup cooking oil. Pour the bowl of whisked wet ingredients into the bowl with the cornmeal mixture and stir just until the batter is combined (don’t over stir).

Add Cheese to Simmering Chili

Before adding the cornbread batter to the chili, sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheddar over the surface of the chili.

Spread cornbread batter over chili in skillet

Carefully spread the cornbread batter over the surface of the hot chili, making sure to spread from edge to edge.

Baked chili cornbread skillet finished

Bake the Chili Cornbread Skillet in the fully preheated 425ºF oven for about 25 minutes, or until the top of the cornbread is golden brown.

Close up of chili cornbread skillet being scooped out of the skillet

To serve, simply scoop the cornbread and chili beneath out of the skillet and onto a plate or bowl.

Chili cornbread skillet with some scooped out onto a white plate beside the skillet

COMFORT FOOD.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

In my opinion, you can’t fully experience the holidays unless you eat at least one chocolate crinkle cookie. I tend to indulge in more than just one because I love these cookies! The chocolate crinkles are fudgy with a soft and chewy center, but …

In my opinion, you can’t fully experience the holidays unless you eat at least one chocolate crinkle cookie. I tend to indulge in more than just one because I love these cookies! The chocolate crinkles are fudgy with a soft and chewy center, but still have a slightly crisp edge. The brownie-like cookies are coated…

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

My favorite recipe for classic pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. Coming up on our second anniversary of living abroad next month, I’ve decided it’s simply a fact — moving away from home is pretty much guaranteed to make you ridiculously nostalgic for all of your favorite comfort foods.  Especially when it comes to fall […]

My favorite recipe for classic pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.

Coming up on our second anniversary of living abroad next month, I’ve decided it’s simply a fact — moving away from home is pretty much guaranteed to make you ridiculously nostalgic for all of your favorite comfort foods.  Especially when it comes to fall baking, if you’re an American. ♡

Hence, the nonstop pumpkin-spice-a-thon taking place in our little Barcelona kitchen this fall.  So far this month, we’ve already made pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice granola, pumpkin bread (recipe coming soon), and lots and lots of pumpkin cream cold brew coffees (inspired by the one and only Starbucks) — all of which have been delicious.  But I think it’s safe to say that our favorite dessert so far has been this classic that I dig up from the blog archives every autumn.  It’s a recipe from my friend, Emily, that I first shared on the blog eight years ago.  And it’s one that always, always, always hits the spot.

Meet my favorite pumpkin bars recipe! ♡

I’m just going to say it — these pumpkin bars are quite simply the best.  The pumpkin bar batter itself is easy to whip up in just a few minutes (no mixer required), and then the bars bake up to be soft and moist and perfectly pumpkin-y, with just the right amount of pumpkin spice.  Then once the bars are topped with a generous spread of cream cheese frosting, look out, because that magical combination makes them downright irresistible.  They are pretty much guaranteed to be a hit for dessert.  And then, let’s be real, you should definitely serve them for breakfast the next day too.  (Yum.)

We made one batch of these pumpkin bars last week to share with a bunch of our friends and neighbors here, who always get very excited whenever they hear that we’ve been doing some American-style baking.  But afterwards, Barclay and I missed the sweet leftovers that we have usually with this recipe so much that we actually ended up baking a second batch the next day just to keep the pumpkin bar goodness going.  As always, they were just as nostalgic and delicious as ever, and I’m certain you will love them too.

Let’s make some pumpkin bars!

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