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A dish of chili cornbread bake.
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Chili Cornbread Bake

Lean, flavorful chili baked over a layer of cornbread and topped with lots of melted cheese. This Chili Cornbread Bake is the perfect casserole to serve at your next game day gathering or makes for a delicious meal any night of the week.

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
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Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 636kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 16 ounce can chili beans with chili gravy
  • 15 ounce can cannellini beans or small white beans, drained
  • 2 (8.5) ounce packages Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 2 eggs (see corn muffin mix for amounts suggested)
  • 2/3 cup milk (see corn muffin mix for amounts suggested)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese blend
  • light sour cream, optional


  • Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Cook turkey, celery and onion until turkey, breaking up the turkey with a spoon. Cook till turkey is no longer pink. Add garlic, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, and crushed red pepper. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and beans. Turn heat down to low and allow to simmer while preparing cornbread.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a deep 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray. Prepare corn muffin mix with eggs and milk according to package directions and pour batter into prepared baking dish. Remove chili mixture from heat and spoon over the batter. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes. Edges of cornbread should be nicely browned and center should appear to be set. Carefully remove dish from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake 5-10 minutes more, until cheese is melted.
  • Serve with tortilla chips and top with sour cream if desired.


Calories: 636kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1837mg | Potassium: 1047mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1753IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 435mg | Iron: 7mg