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Chili Corn Bread Salad Recipe

Chili Corn Bread Salad Recipe

A co-worker brought this wonderful dish to a potluck several years ago. She had copies of the recipe next to the pan. Now I make it for get-togethers and also supply copies of the recipe. I never have any leftover salad or recipes. —Kelly Newsom, Jenks, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:15 servings


  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, undrained
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch rubbed sage
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. Prepare corn bread batter according to package directions. Stir in chilies, cumin, oregano and sage. Spread in a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream and dressing mix; set aside. Crumble half of the corn bread into a 13x9-in. dish. Layer with half of the beans, mayonnaise mixture, corn, tomatoes, green pepper, onions, bacon and cheese. Repeat layers (dish will be very full). Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Yield: 15 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Save time by using prepared corn bread. Just stir the chilies, cumin, oregano and sage into the mayonnaise mixture.
  • Feeling hot, hot hot? Add a diced jalapeno pepper or two to the mix.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 serving: 383 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 839mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 12g protein.

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    603linda User ID: 819056 270165
    Reviewed Jul. 31, 2017

    "I made for a church potluck and got many recipe requests. This is delicious."

    bshowalter User ID: 344920 268056
    Reviewed Jun. 17, 2017

    "This recipe is great but I cut it in half for our use. It still made two 8 x8 pans. I mix everything together. Did not like the layering as all the flavors don't get mixed together. I also just used ranch dressing from the bottle rather than the packet and the sour cream and mayo. It was a hit, everyone loved it and no leftovers."

    texasczech User ID: 6396218 264876
    Reviewed Apr. 19, 2017

    "This is very, very good. I'm only feeding a family of four so I used just 1 can of pinto beans and 1 can of shoepeg corn. Also, I cut down the green pepper and green onion to 1/4 cup each and sauteed them together for a couple of minutes. One family member won't eat mayo so I subbed plain greek yogurt and it tasted great. This dish tastes even better after being refrigerated for 24 hrs."

    KimberlyRL User ID: 4851499 263887
    Reviewed Mar. 25, 2017

    "This recipe just caught my attention and I had to try it. Thanks for sharing, will be a family recipe for sure!"

    cindyames User ID: 8604696 262018
    Reviewed Mar. 3, 2017

    "Took this dish to our church potluck, thinking I would have leftovers, had nothing to take home. I don't like green chili's, so I subbed jalape?os instead."

    Vanessa User ID: 8992294 258400
    Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

    "I have made this for years, it also tastes really good as a dip with frito scoops!! Love it.."

    gardenerbowler User ID: 728617 258317
    Reviewed Dec. 18, 2016

    "Decided to make this dish but never looked at the number of servings, until I was halfway through it. I like all the ingredients, so I thought why not. It definitely is good. Will be making it again for a large gathering.I did heat up the second plate and that was delicious as well as the cold one. I can see why people come home with empty bowls. Have never heard of it before now. Will be putting it with my other recipes to keep for future use."

    christmastreegal User ID: 2258158 257914
    Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

    "I typically am not a fan of Cornbread salad but when I saw the ingredients in this recipe I knew I had to try it. My Sunday School class were the recipients of it and they loved it as I did! Many requested the recipe so I know it will be a keeper!"

    [email protected] User ID: 5774466 257719
    Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

    "I have to agree with all the other reviews.... absolutely delicious!!! Adding this to the recipe album..... only change I made was to use black beans instead of the pinto.... personal preference thanks for sharing!"

    rbies User ID: 2621390 226604
    Reviewed May. 19, 2015

    "I've made this for years. My family of 4 boys grew up eating it, and still love it today. It's a great summertime dish or for anytime. I can't leave it alone! Worth the prep time."

    rstknasel User ID: 1492587 224028
    Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

    "A real pain in the arse to make, but you (and everybody else) will love it. It feeds at least 20 people. REALLY BIG!"

    SwtTooth16 User ID: 7182649 216589
    Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

    "I picked this recipe to make for a potluck and had to rely on my husband to prepare it. It was easy enough for him to put together AND was a real crowd pleaser. It tasted delicious and looked pretty in my serving dish as well. I will definitely be making this again!"

    Ruthlessma User ID: 2614711 26590
    Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

    "Everyone loves this dish. I add 1/2 lb. cooked grnd beef + 1/2 lb. cooked pork sausage to the bacon layer. Try warming your serving in the microwave for about 30 seconds & you'll eat even more of it."

    julanleasara User ID: 1119103 70772
    Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

    "I make this using the Buttery Cornbread recipe from Best of potluck by TOH. I leave out the chili's and other seasonings and cut out just the amount called for in this recipe. I also added a can of black beans and I use 1 package thawed frozen corn instead of canned. This is good stuff! My kids and husband love it. It is even better after a day or two in the fridge and the cornbread never gets soggy."

    barbergirl59 User ID: 6284736 70769
    Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

    "I've been making this for years, and it's always a hit. It's week worth the time it takes to make it."

    wyosunshine User ID: 581322 70767
    Reviewed May. 28, 2013

    "I have made this many times over the years. It is a huge hit at pot lucks and with my family. The only reason why I don't make it more often is because of the time involved for the prep work."

    wjroach User ID: 6620548 203231
    Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

    "I always get rave reviews from my company on this wonderful, hearty salad! And it actually lasts for days in the refrigerator."

    julielambert User ID: 5917271 25164
    Reviewed Aug. 24, 2012

    "This salad is always a hit no matter where I take it. I highly recommend it."

    kshea User ID: 2698812 25159
    Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

    "My family has been crazy about this salad since I first made it in 2000!"

    Nichollette User ID: 4634082 27258
    Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

    "I made this recipe again today for another church function. I brought home an empty trifle bowl! Wonderful recipe!"

    TRCARTER User ID: 4879510 20809
    Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

    "Absolutely wonderful! Combination of ingredients blends together perfectly. Handed out copies of recipe!"

    kimberlygalvin User ID: 2939950 25155
    Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

    "Always a great hit at my work potlucks."

    maggieaw User ID: 4163584 203230
    Reviewed Jul. 21, 2010

    "I love this salad- its so good. It makes a good amount so I normally dont get to make it unless its for a family gathering or potluck. The dish always comes back EMPTY!"

    Nichollette User ID: 4634082 67005
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2010

    "I recently made this recipe for a church function. I made it in a trifle bowl. It was so pretty and I received many compliments on it. My trifle bowl was empty at the end of the function. I will be making this again."

    lindseykay User ID: 3081913 26585
    Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

    "I made this salad for a family function back in 2009 and now everyone ALWAYS insists that I bring it for all occasions! My husband especially loves this salad and I make smaller amounts for us to share in between holidays. Its GREAT!!"

    darcy9 User ID: 3214910 203229
    Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

    "I agree this is a great dish for Potlucks. I like to bring it to our Tennis Matches where it is always a hit! Many think it is a dip because a salad usually has Lettuce! Either way it is delicious."

    lindseykay User ID: 3081913 73824
    Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

    "This is SOO easy and fun to make and I can't forget DELICIOUS!!! I make this all the time for family gatherings and its one of the first things to go! But don't make it to ealry before serving. I made that mistake and it wasn't near as good as it is fresh! You've got to try this! Mmm :D"

    5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 26583
    Reviewed Nov. 17, 2008

    "I love love love this dish. I often take it to potlucks or women's socials at the church and get asked for the recipe. It is a little time consuming (for me) with all the chopping, but well worth it."

    amyandlance User ID: 1816488 50193
    Reviewed Aug. 31, 2008

    "This is my favorite dish to take to a potluck. My family requests it every time. It's beautiful and sooo tasty!"

    Daina User ID: 2388659 25153
    Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

    "August/September 1999 issue."

    anonymous User ID: 5520322 34032
    Reviewed Dec. 26, 2007

    "What issue was this recipe in Taste Of Home"

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