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. 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!!
I don’t want to brag, but I’m totally going to do it. This chili has entered and won 1st place in the two only two chili cook offs we’ve ever done…it’s that good!
- 2 TBSP Olive Oil
- 1 yellow onion (chopped)
- 5 garlic cloves (minced)
- 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 & drained)
- 1 can black beans (rinsed & drained)
- 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
- 3 TBSP tomato paste
- salt & pepper
- Heat the olive oil, and add the onion, garlic & green pepper in a large saucepan. Cook about 5 minutes.
- Add the beef - cook until brown
- Add taco seasoning, cumin & cinnamon. Stir.
- Add beer & a bay leaf - cook until beer has evaporated (8-10 minutes)
- Add rinsed beans, and tomatoes (put the juice from the tomato 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 how:
- 3 cups cornmeal
- 2 TBSP baking powder
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 can creamed corn
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 chopped onion
- 1/2 cup green pepper
- Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and then pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Cook for 50-55 minutes (or until a knife is inserted in the middle & comes out clean) at 375 degrees.
- I don't always add the green peppers - depends on what I have on hand. It tastes great with them, but won't be ruined if you don't add them in.
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!