(This post was originally published on January 5, 2011. It has been updated.)
It is yummy, warm chili on the bottom. It is cheesy, golden corn bread on the top. It is easy and yet impressive enough to serve guests! It is chili pie!
Simple Chili Pie
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.)
- 1 can kidney beans (15 oz.), drained & rinsed
- 1 box corn bread mix (8 oz.)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown the ground beef in a skillet along with the onion and garlic. Drain grease if necessary.
Stir in chili powder, tomatoes and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook for about 5 more minutes until the liquid is mostly evaporated. Stir occasionally. Add beans & extra salt to taste.
While the chili is cooking combine the corn bread mix, egg, milk & cheese. Scrape the chili into a 9-inch glass pie plate. Spread the corn bread mixture over the chili.
Bake until golden, approximately 15-20 minutes.
Tips: Bake the pie on a cookie sheet! Sometimes this bubbles over & sometimes it doesn’t. It is not worth the risk. Also, this is a pretty mild chili. If you like your chili with some heat, season it accordingly.
This recipe is also kid friendly. At least it was with my kid!
2014 Update: Can you even handle toddler Grace?! She was 14 months old. Now she is nearly 4.5 years old! Goodness.
Raise your hand if you love chili pie!!
Have you ever turned chili into a pie?
This recipe was adapted from All You Magazine.