Chili Beef Corn Bread Casserole Recipe
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Chili Beef Corn Bread Casserole Recipe

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This recipe is my potluck standby, and I also make it whenever I have a friend who needs an authentic home-cooked meal. —Lorraine Espenhain, Corpus Christi, TX
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (8-1/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream and salsa, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without sour cream and salsa) equals 482 calories, 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 773 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in cornstarch, onion, chili powder and garlic powder. Stir in tomato sauce. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and oil until blended; stir in corn. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in cheese.
  3. Spread half of the batter into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Top with beef mixture. Spread remaining batter over filling.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in corn bread portion comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. If desired, serve with sour cream and salsa. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chili Beef Corn Bread Casserole in Simple & Delicious December/January 2014

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"It was ok."

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"I followed this recipe except added chopped onions to the beef. It was just okay. It needs something to add more flavor. Maybe chili beans instead of plain tomato sauce. It is a good basic recipe. If you do make it I strongly recommend jazzing it up a bit. It has room for improvement. I also needed to bake it for about 45 minutes because at 30 the middle wasn't cooked all the way. It tasted good with sour cream on top."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"Enjoyed this casserole. Will make again. The only thing I did differently was to use real onion and garlic... Otherwise made as per recipe..... Will make again."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"This was great! I cut the tomato sauce in half and added a can of chili beans with sauce. I think next time I'll leave the cheese out of the corn bread and add green chiles for flavor. I may also swap honey for sugar. I didn't have creamed corn so I added whole kernel corn with some corn juice and it worked fine. I did bake longer than directed, almost 45 minutes, until the bread was nicely browned on top. Looking forward to sharing this recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"My family did not care for this casserole. It was mushy and too sweet. Just ok."

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