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skillet chilli cornbread with greenery

Skillet Chili Cornbread

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


Skillet chili cornbread is an easy comfort food made in your trusty cast iron pan.  Serve this family friendly recipe for dinner tonight.  Your friends and family will be asking for seconds.  Plus, clean up is a breeze as it dirties one dish.



For the Chili

  • 1 pound ground beef (453g)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, with juice (794g can)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste (85g)
  • 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (439g can)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated (170g)

For the Cornbread

  • 1 cup cornmeal (113g)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (120g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk (236 ml)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (115g)

For the Topping & Garnish

  • 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated (170g)
  • 1/2 cup flatleaf parsley, chopped (about 6-8g)


Making the Chili

  1. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat.  Once it's cooked, drain the fat into a small bowl, then put the hamburger in a medium bowl.
  2. While the hamburger is cooking, chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  3. In the same skillet over medium high heat, saute the onion in olive oil for a few minutes, then add the garlic.  Stir occasionally and cook until fragrant.
  4. Dump the hamburger back into the skillet.  Add the diced tomatoes with the juice, tomato paste, and the rinsed kidney beans.  Stir in the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, and salt.  Mix all the ingredients really well.  Turn the heat down to medium low and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir then sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of cheese evenly over the top.

Making the Cornbread

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients: cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients.  Start by beating the egg with a fork, then add in the buttermilk and melted butter.  Stir to combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Mix well so there is no dry ingredients at the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Spread the cornbread mix evenly over the top of the chili and cheese, then bake for 20 minutes at 400F.
  6. Take the chili cornbread out of the oven and sprinkle 1 1/2 cups (170g) of grated cheddar evenly over the cornbread.  Bake for another 10 minutes at 400F, or until the top has a good color.  Garnish with chopped parsley.


  • The ratios of chili to cornbread should be equal when assembling this dish.
  • Omit the cheese if you need to lower the calories.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chili cornbread skillet, easy chili cornbread bake