Chili-Cornbread Skillet

Chili-Cornbread Skillet

Serves 6


1 ½ cups flour
½ cup yellow cornmeal
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
8 tbsp. (1 stick) Kowalski's Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
4 oz. sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated (about 1 cup), divided, plus more for serving
1 jalapeño pepper, minced, plus more for serving (optional)
1 red Fresno pepper, minced, plus more for serving (optional)
1 tbsp. Kowalski's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 lb. 93% lean ground beef, chicken or turkey
⅓ cup plus 2 tsp. Kowalski's Original or Bold Chili Starter (from the Spice Aisle)
16 oz. tomato sauce
14.5 oz. canned crushed, diced or fire-roasted tomatoes
½ cup beef broth
- sour cream, for serving
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  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients (through salt). 
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and butter. 
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until combined (some lumps will remain). 
  4. Reserve a small handful of grated cheese for sprinkling on top of the cornbread; set aside. 
  5. Mix remaining cheese, jalapeño and Fresno pepper into cornbread batter; let stand at room temperature for 20 min. 
  6. In a large oven-safe skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is soft and translucent (about 5 min.). 
  7. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 min. 
  8. Add ground meat; cook and crumble until dark brown and nearly cooked through (about 5 min.). 
  9. Add chili starter; cook and stir for 1 min.
  10. Add sauce, tomatoes and broth; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. 
  11. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 15 min., stirring occasionally.
  12. While chili mixture cooks, preheat oven to 375°.
  13. Dollop cornbread mixture over chili mixture in the skillet; sprinkle with reserved cheese.
  14. Bake skillet in preheated oven until cornbread is dark golden on the edges (30-35 min.). 
  15. Serve with extra cheese, peppers and sour cream.


Tasty Tip:

  • Make this meal even easier when you use our new Cornbread Mix on top!
  • Our recipe doesn't call for beans, but you can use almost any type of canned bean in addition to or as a replacement for the meat in this dish.