No, that title isn’t an exaggeration. I am in LOVE with this chili & cornbread…and have been for years! It’s the BEST - especially in these fall/winter months coming up. It’s an amazing meal to serve when you have a crowd of people coming over…or just for your family so you can enjoy the leftovers!!
A few years ago, I was watching a morning show on TV, and one of Billy Joel’s wives was on it, and she made this chili & cornbread. I started with her recipe as a “base”, but over the years have changed it to make it truly mine!
CHILI INGREDIENTS:2 TBSP Olive Oil 1 yellow onion (chopped) 5 garlic cloves (chopped) 1 green pepper (chopped) 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef 1 packet taco seasoning 1 tsp. cumin 12 oz. beer 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 bayleaf 1 can kidney beans (rinsed) 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes 3 TBSP tomato paste salt & pepper
Heat the olive oil, and add the onion, garlic & pepper in a large saucepan. Cook about 5 minutes.
Add the beef – cook until brown
Add taco seasoning, cumin & cinnamon. Stir.
Add rinsed beans, and tomatoes (put the juice from the cans into the mixture too).
Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Once the hour is finished, add the tomato paste and salt & pepper as desired & cook for another 15-20 minutes uncovered.
While your chili is simmering – you can make your cornbread! Here’s the ingredients:
CORNBREAD3 cups cornmeal 2 TBSP baking powder 2 TBSP sugar 2 cups milk 1/2 cup olive oil 1 can creamed corn 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup green pepper
Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and then pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Cook for 55 minutes (or until a knife is inserted in the middle & comes out clean) at 375 degrees.
Mmmmm soooo good!
Once the cornbread & chili are both done – cut off a hunk of that cornbread and eat it right in a bowl of chili. If you like, you can add some sour cream & cheddar cheese too!
Seriously – you HAVE to try these recipes! It’s been a big hit for everyone I’ve served it to. The cinnamon in the chili & the cheese, peppers & onions in the cornbread make them winners!