Chili Bake

Easy Chili Bake

The Basic Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground hamburger, fully cooked and drained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon cajun seasonings
  • 1 can Chili beans (don’t drain)
  • 1 pkg (8 oz), Jiffy Cornbread mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 0z Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese, optional
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You may or may not have tried Pampered Chef’s Chipotle Chili Cornbread Bake, which is way yummy.  We’re just not huge chipotle people, and I don’t own any Chipotle seasoning, so I had to adapt.

When looking for ideas on how to make this recipe better for my family, I also found Jiffy’s Chili Corn.   This also looks way yummy (although, I have not actually made that recipe).

The Directions:
Preheat oven to 400.  Brown hamburger and drain excess grease.  Remember to season meat as it cooks.  Pour hamburger into a 8×12 pan. (9×13 is a teeny bit too large for this recipe).

In a separate bowl, stir together Jiffy mix, sour cream, and egg.  Let stand for a couple of minutes.

Stir beans and salsa into meat.

Top chili mix with cornbread mix.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, until golden and slightly browned on edges (tip: a toothpick or knife inserted into the center of the cornbread should come out clean).  Optional: Pull out pan and top with shredded cheese; sit in hot but off oven additional few minutes, until cheese is melted.

Let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.  Resting the dish helps prevent it from being “runny.”

Variations and Tips

  • Make your favorite chili any way you love it (but not super saucy) instead of using the recipe above.  Love turkey chili?  Use that recipe!  Hate beans? Don’t add them.  It’s that easy.
  • Make traditional Jiffy cornbread or make whatever cornbread you love.
  • Use a chili powder mix or taco seasoning instead of the seasonings I listed.
  • Don’t like cornbread?  No problem. Use Crescent Rolls! Just press all the perforations to seal, top your chili, and cut a few slits in the top (like a pie crust).  Bake at 350 about 20 minutes or until done.
  • Don’t have salsa? Use 6 oz of tomato sauce or 1 undrained can of Rotel tomatoes.
  • Vegetarian? Make this with just veggies, sauce, and cheese.  Or try Boca Ground Crumbles or Morningstar Farms Recipe Crumbles for a meaty substitute.  (Note: I have not tried either brand’s crumbles.  I have it on good authority that both work well in recipes.) Or try TVP.
  • Add more veggies by adding some chopped bell peppers and onions to your hamburger meat.  Chili is also yummy with corn, finely chopped carrots, or finely chopped potatoes.
  • This can be made in the microwave!! For more info, google the Pampered Chef recipe.

Got your own Chili Bake recipe? Tell me about it!

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