Classic Chili + Cute Lil’ Cornbread Muffins

Sometimes I feel like my recipes get a little too weird.  

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Like are you really gonna make beet hummus french toast avocado toast?  I mean, you might! But I like to occasionally throw some more practical recipes at you that you could easily make on a random Tuesday night in a reasonable amount of time.  

So today we’re talking chili + cornbread.  Such a classic, cozy meal.

The chili is what I imagine a classic chili is like.  Like, my dad would look at this dish and call it chili, while he’d look at some of my cookies and call them granola bars.  BUT this IS everything a chili should be.

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So here’s the question I have for you today…  

Are you a cornbread person or a biscuit person?  

I’ve professed my love for cornbread before…so I’m a cornbread person.  Clearly.  

It’s one of my favorite foods and these little cornbread muffins cook up quicker than an entire skillet of cornbread would, which is nice.  Speedy quick is always nice.  

So make chili.  Make muffins.  Put muffins on chili.  Top with even more toppings that make you sing<3

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Classic Chili + Cute Lil' Cornbread Muffins

Yield: serves 6

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


classic chili
1 lb ground beef (I used grass-fed)
1 poblano pepper, roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1/2 yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1, 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups cherry tomates, sliced in half
1, 15oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
1, 15oz can pinto beans, rinsed & drained
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

cornbread muffins
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted


First make your chili.  In a heavy soup pot, brown ground beef over medium heat.  Add in peppers and onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3o seconds.  Add in all remaining chili ingredients.  Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for at least 20 minutes (while your cornbread muffins bake).  

While soup is simmering, make your muffins.  Preheat oven to 350ºF.  In a bowl, combine cornmeal, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, sea salt, baking soda, and cheese.  Add in milk, egg and butter. Stir until a batter forms.  Divide cornbread batter evenly among 12 greased muffin tins.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Serve chili topped with a cornbread muffin, sour cream and cheese.

Makes GREAT leftovers/freezer meals.


  1. I’m a cornbread person all the way! I especially like to make cornbread in a cast iron skillet. Yum

  2. Cornbread is way better than biscuits. LOL at your dad. My dad would say the same thing about my food and recipes.

  3. TEAM CORNBREAD!! I love love love cornbread. And I love dipping it in some chili. This looks so good!!

  4. I sometimes crave the super-fluffy, buttery biscuits, but I’m much more of a cornbread person! And I always adore chili. Perfect comfort food!

  5. I just made this chili and cornbread last night and it turned out delicious! I loved the corn bread muffins instead of in a skillet.  So much easier to just pop them out of the pan and right into your chili.  Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Hey Kylie!

    I just wanted to let you know my fiance and I make these cute lil cornbread muffins on the regular anytime we have a homemade soup or I make my healthy charro beans (recipe is on my blog) and they are SO good. Thanks for the recipe!

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