Chili and cornbread go so well together, why not bake them in the same pan! I've been making this for years and my kids love it. I use ground turkey, but ground beef could be substituted if preferred. You can make this in individual 12- to 16-ounce casseroles if you prefer. Serve with tortilla chips and top with sour cream if desired.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook turkey, celery, and onion in a skillet over medium heat until turkey is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Add chili powder, black pepper, cumin, and red pepper. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, chili beans, and cannellini beans. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  • Combine cornbread mixes, milk, and egg in a bowl and mix well. Spoon batter into the prepared baking pan. Spoon turkey mixture over batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, uncovered, until edges of cornbread are nicely browned and center appears to be set, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top. Return to the hot oven and bake until cheese is melted, 5 to 10 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

You can use a Mexican cheese blend in place of Cheddar if you prefer.

Editor's Note:

The directions for making the cornbread are based on the particular brand mentioned. Follow instructions on the box if using a different brand.

Nutrition Facts

528 calories; protein 27.2g 54% DV; carbohydrates 64.6g 21% DV; fat 18.9g 29% DV; cholesterol 106.3mg 35% DV; sodium 1455.3mg 58% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2019
Overall this is a pretty good meal! I also used kidney beans in place of cannellini, and added a bit of chile in adobo sauce for some heat. Topped with white cheddar and green onions, and it tasted great! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/08/2019
I would have liked to make this however when it printed it came out with a couple of very large advertisements superimposed over the top of the recipe never again Read More
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  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2019
Overall this is a pretty good meal! I also used kidney beans in place of cannellini, and added a bit of chile in adobo sauce for some heat. Topped with white cheddar and green onions, and it tasted great! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2019
Everyone loved this. Double the chili mix but not the cornbread. I also used green pepper instead of celery. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2019
I loved this recipe but I did make a few changes. I used a pound of lean ground beef instead of turkey. I used light red kidney beans and a can of Brooks Chili Hot Beans. I took what others said and used 2 eggs and 2\3 cups of milk. I topped it with a Mexican cheese blend. Everyone loved it. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2019
I cook the hamburger and turkey I put half and half added onions you know to Skillet you know of a cooked first and a pack of chili seasoning and I made it for a 9 by 13 pan pan and I cook some my macaronis I put just a little salt in the meeting all when I had it all cook that way I fix my cornbread and then put the chili in the in the cornbread and all that guy added I added an egg had to lay eggs in it and I put a little buttermilk in it just like a wouldn't my cornbread and I think that's all I did then I cooked it maybe a half hour maybe on 350 him it was good Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2019
My husband and I loved this recipe! I accidentally added a can of tomatoes with juice thinking it was tomato sauce but I just cooked it on the stove top a little longer to get some of the juice to cook down. I was concerned the cornbread wouldn’t bake well but it all came out delicious! This is a keeper in our house. We will be having this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2019
I agree with the reviewer who suggested the milk and egg proportions were wrong when using two boxes of corn bread mix; they should be doubled. Otherwise we really enjoyed this dish. It is easily adaptable to individual tastes by using other spices beans or even some salsa in place of some of the tomato sauce. I made half a recipe in an 8" square dish and there were nine generous servings. I will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2019
It was really good easy to prepare and my family loved it.Its s s keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2019
Added chopped garlic while browning meat mixture. Served with guacamole & sour cream!!! Delish!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2019
We loved this! I added some mild salsa to the top. Served with lime tortillas. Absolutely scrumptious! (oh, and I did make with turkey and Mexican cheese.) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/08/2019
I would have liked to make this however when it printed it came out with a couple of very large advertisements superimposed over the top of the recipe never again Read More