Cornbread Chili Cobbler

Cornbread Chili Cobbler is a fun take on the classic cornbread and chili meal. Simmer easy homemade beef chili in a skillet and then top with dollops of homemade cornbread. Bake the dish until it’s bubbling and golden brown. The perfect, savory cobbler.

This dish is further proof that chili and cornbread were meant to go together. If this classic meal has not been part of your life yet, give it a try. I guarantee you’ll get it.

Cornbread chili cobbler makes me think of crisp fall nights and football games. It’s the perfect dish for a fun get-together or a chilly weeknight.

Cornbread Chili Cobbler with a serving spoon taking out a scoop.

Cornbread Chili Cobbler

Cornbread Chili Cobbler is a fun take on the classic cornbread and chili meal. Simmer easy homemade beef chili in a skillet and then top with dollops of homemade cornbread. Bake the dish until it’s bubbling and golden brown. The perfect, savory cobbler. 

This dish is further proof that chili and cornbread were meant to go together. If this classic meal has not been part of your life yet, give it a try. I guarantee you’ll get it. 

Cornbread chili cobbler makes me think of crisp fall nights and football games. It’s the perfect dish for a fun get-together or a chilly weeknight. 

Cornbread Chili Cobbler with a serving spoon taking out a scoop.

Why KJ Loves

Cornbread Chili Cobbler

Cornbread Chili Cobbler

Why not have your chili and cornbread all in one?! That’s what I love most about this recipe – it’s a fun spin on the classic combination of chili and cornbread. Serve this chili cobbler with your favorite chili toppings and watch it disappear before your eyes!

Chili simmered in a pan.

Making the Chili

First, let’s talk about making easy beef chili. 

This is a classic recipe. No frills. But sometimes, the basics are the best. 

With this simple chili recipe, the hardest thing you’ll need to do is cut an onion. It’s all downhill from there. 

You’ll brown the hamburger and then add onions and spices. Stir in beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Realistically, you could just call the beef chili good to go right there. 

But we want to be a little extra.

That’s where the cornbread comes in.  

The dry ingredients for the cornbread in a bowl.

Homemade Cornbread Ingredients

If you’ve never made homemade cornbread before, this is a good cornbread recipe to start with. Since you are dolloping it on top of a chili base, you don’t have to worry about your cornbread drying out. 

Just like the chili, there isn’t anything fancy here. Just delicious comfort food. I love the way the cornbread gets golden brown on top and creates a “cobbler” look. 

Cornmeal

Use yellow, finely ground cornmeal, so the cornbread is smooth and fluffy. 

Flour 

This helps bind the cornbread ingredients together. 

Milk

A bit of milk adds richness and keeps the cornbread moist.

Butter

Melted butter keeps this cornbread from drying out (plus, you just can’t go wrong with butter). 

Sugar & honey

What’s better than honey on cornbread? Plus, a little bit of sugar adds an extra hint of sweetness to this dish.

Prepared cornbread in a bowl.

One Skillet. Yesss.

Reducing dishes is always a win. You can make this recipe in just one skillet—as long as it is oven-safe. A cast iron skillet or a braiser are great options.

If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, don’t fear. You can make the chili, carefully pour it into a 9×13 baking pan, top with the cornbread, and then bake it.

Cornbread dolloped on top of a skillet of chili ready to be baked in the oven.

The Fixins’

We can’t forget about the toppings.  

My go-to’s are shredded cheese, sour cream, and green onions. If you like a little extra heat, sliced jalapeños would do the trick.

You could even serve this meal with tortilla chips and scoop away!

Baked Cornbread Chili Cobbler out of the oven.
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Cornbread Chili Cobbler with a serving spoon taking out a scoop.

Cornbread Chili Cobbler


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Cornbread Chili Cobbler is a fun take on the classic cornbread and chili meal. Simmer easy homemade beef chili in a skillet and then top with dollops of homemade cornbread. Bake the dish until it’s bubbling and golden brown. The perfect, savory cobbler. 


Ingredients

Scale

For the chili:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and strained
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce

For the cornbread topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

For the chili:

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, oven-safe skillet. Add in the onion and sauté for several minutes until translucent. Add in the hamburger and cook until fully browned, breaking it up into pieces along the way, about 10 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, cumin and salt.
  2. Pour the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce into the ground hamburger mixture and stir until fully combined. Add in the black beans and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.

For the cornbread topping:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and sugar. Whisk in the honey, milk, melted butter and egg until smooth.
  2. Use a large spoon to evenly dollop the cornbread over the top of the prepared chili. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the cornbread is golden brown on top. Serve with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, you can always pour the prepared chili into a large baking dish before topping with the cornbread and baking.
  • Light red kidney beans can also be used if desired.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 438
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Sodium: 793mg
  • Fat: 17.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.1g
  • Fiber: 5.2g
  • Protein: 25g
A close-up photo of a scoop of cornbread chili cobbler.

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  1. Michal

    My family LOVES this recipe!! Perfect one pot meal that’s quick and easy with lots of flavor.

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