Seasoned beef and black beans are topped with cornbread batter and popped in the oven for a chili bake that makes a great potluck dish!


Recipe Summary

15 mins
40 mins
55 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  • Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Saute onion until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add meat, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Stir together and cook until meat is browned and crumbled and almost cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and beans and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk together buttermilk, egg, and oil in a large bowl. Add cornmeal, salt, and baking soda and stir together until batter is combined.

  • Transfer meat mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle Mexican cheese blend on top. Pour cornbread batter evenly over meat and arrange jalapeno slices on top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cornbread topping is evenly browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If you don't have buttermilk, you can add 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice to regular milk and let stand for a few minutes as a substitute.

Use ground turkey in place of beef if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

382 calories; protein 21.4g 43% DV; carbohydrates 33.8g 11% DV; fat 17.4g 27% DV; cholesterol 76.4mg 26% DV; sodium 1059.4mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
Loved making this recipe and it looks so fancy for even a potluck. I would personally like more heat next time. I would add extra seasoning or the cayenne which I left out. I might have added a little sugar for sweetness in the cornbread but that's just how my Grandma made it. I used vinegar added to milk instead of the buttermilk. I would make this again. So simple for a crowd too! Read More