Mexican Chili Pie Recipe

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This recipe is one of my husband Dwayne's favorite, especially during cooler weather. The topping is crunchy, and the chili has just enough spice to warm you up inside in even the coldest weather! I add a simple side salad to complete the meal.—Heather Thurmeier, Pense, Saskatchewan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda, salt and sugar
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 450 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 723mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add seasonings and tomatoes. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Add green pepper. Spoon 2 cups into an ungreased 2-1/2-qt. shallow baking dish; top with half of the beans. Repeat layers.
  2. For topping, combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in cheese. Combine buttermilk, egg and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Spread over filling.
  3. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until topping is lightly browned and filling is bubbly. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Mexican Chili Pie in Country Woman January/February 1996, p38

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gp2426 User ID: 8246518 219752
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"I have made this more than several times and we love it. I do substitute ground turkey sometimes for the ground beef...still delicious whether you use beef or turkey.."

crash9875 User ID: 1023237 8765
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"This is a family favorite. My husband asks for it on a regular basis. We like to add some frozen corn for even more color and flavor."

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