Easy Chili Cornbread Recipe with Jiffy - Back To My Southern Roots (2024)

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Easy chili cornbread recipe with Jiffy is a tasty meal that won’t break the bank but will leave everyone full and satisfied, even if you have teenagers that can eat a lot.

The chili cornbread skillet dinner is a great meal to fix for tailgating parties, a quick supper, or to freeze and thaw out later when you’re in a hurry.

Chili Cornbread Recipe with Jiffy

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The dish is kind of like a cornbread chili pie and it bakes right inside of the skillet.

And, this is a great meal for several reasons:

  • The chili cornbread skillet meal will fill up your family and cost less than $15
  • If you’re watching your waistline, you can use lean ground beef or ground turkey instead
  • It pretty much hits all the food groups in one dish – and it’s delicious!
  • It’s definitely comfort food and might just become your favorite cornbread recipe

I try to make inexpensive foods that are going to fill up everyone’s tummies. I have two growing boys, besides my husband, and it’s not always easy to keep those guys full.

This is a great dish with simple ingredients for tailgate parties, potlucks or having a few friends over, and you can cut it into pie sections and share some with everyone.

More Jiffy Cornbread Mix Recipes

If you love cornbread meals, try Jiffy cornbread hush puppies, moist Jiffy cornbread, Jiffy cornbread casserole recipe with ground beef, cornbread with creamed corn, or Jiffy corn pudding (the perfect side dish).

And, if you love sweet cornbread give the best Jiffy sweet cornbread a try.

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What Ingredients Are Needed For The Chili Cornbread Casserole Recipe

Full recipe with measurements and instructions listed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Ground beef
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Onion (diced)
  • Can of chili beans in chili sauce
  • Chili powder
  • Red and green bell peppers
  • Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)

How To Make The Chili Cornbread Bake Recipe

  1. Cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic and drain.
  2. Add the beans and chili powder to the beef mixture and stir well.
  3. Slice the peppers and line them along the bottom of a cast-iron skillet.
  4. Pour the beef and bean mixture over the top of the peppers.
  5. In a bowl, mix the corn muffin mix with the eggs and milk and pour it over the top of the meat.
  6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cornbread is done.
  7. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and garnish with sour cream, if desired.

Step-By-Step Instructions

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Cook the beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet until brown. Drain the grease.

Saving Money on Meat

To save money on this meal, and a lot of others, I head on over to The Fresh Market grocery store on Tuesdays to get the meat on sale.

The store sells boneless chicken and ground beef for about half the price each Tuesday, so I stock up and put it in the freezer until I need it.

It’s a great way to save a lot of money.

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Pour the ground beef mixture into a large heat-safe bowl. Add the canned chili beans in chili sauce, and the chili powder on top of the ground beef. Mix it up and set aside.

Clean out your skillet and set it aside. You will be using it in one of the next steps.

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Slice the green peppers and red bell peppers into strips.

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Grease the bottom of your cast iron skillet with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Next, line the green and red bell peppers along the bottom.

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Gently pour the beef and bean mixture into the skillet and spread it out evenly.

Did I ever tell you I love my cast iron skillet? It is so versatile. It can go right from the stovetop to the oven.

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Mix the Jiffy Cornbread For The Cornbread Layer

Next, add the two packages of cornbread muffin mix to a medium-sized bowl. Add the eggs and milk and mix it up.

Spoon cornbread batter gently on top of the meat mixture and spread it out.

I used Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix for this recipe. The boxes of corn muffin mix are budget-friendly addition to this recipe.

I usually keep several boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix in the pantry.

You can use homemade cornbread for this recipe, as well.

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Bake the Dinner

Bake in the oven at 350-degrees for approximately 25-30 minutes. The cornbread will be toasty brown on top. A cake tester or knife should come out clean when it’s done.

  • Once it’s cooked, take a knife and loosen the edges of the cornbread so it will flip over easily.
  • Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Slide a knife around the edges one more time to make sure the cornbread isn’t stuck to the sides of the skillet.
  • Take a plate that is larger than the skillet and place it upside down over the top. Very carefully, and with potholders, flip the cornbread skillet meal over onto the plate – holding the two together (just like you would flip over a pineapple upside-down cake). It should slide right out.
  • Top it with shredded cheddar cheese and serve! It’s enough to feed 4 people, fill them up, and have a few leftovers.
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How Many People Will The Chili Cornbread Recipe With Jiffy Feed?

You can feed about four people with the recipe because the cornbread, beans, and meat will help go a long way. I have two teenage boys and this fed all four of us and no one remained hungry.

Can I Cook This In A Regular Casserole Dish?

Yes, just be sure to grease it and a 9″ x 9″ baking dish should work fine.

Optional Ingredients

  • Green chiles
  • Whole kernel corn
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Green onion

Storing Leftovers

If you have any leftovers you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container or cover with some plastic wrap.

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Chili Cornbread Recipe With Jiffy For The Whole Family

So, whether you’re looking for a hearty meal to feed your hungry family or just want something tasty and easy to make, this chili cornbread skillet is the perfect recipe for you.

And it won’t break the bank – in fact, you may have most of the ingredients on hand already.

So what are you waiting for? Get out your cast-iron skillet and get cooking! This might become one of your favorite meals.

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Easy Chili Cornbread Skillet Meal

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Additional Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Easy Chili Cornbread, made in a cast-iron skillet, is a tasty meal that won't break the bank, but will leave everyone full and satisfied, even if you have teenagers that can eat a lot.

The family dinner is a great recipe that can be made in different ways.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup onion (diced)
  • 15.5 ounce can chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 2 - 8.5 oz. boxes corn muffin mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • Sour cream for the topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Add the ground beef, onion, and garlic to a skillet and cook until brown and done.
  3. Drain the grease off of the beef mixture and add to a medium sized bowl.
  4. Add the beans and chili powder to the beef mixture and stir. Set aside.
  5. Spray a cast iron skillet with non-stick spray or wipe with butter.
  6. Slice the green and red bell peppers into strips and line the bottom of a cast iron skillet.
  7. Gently pour the beef over the bell peppers.
  8. In a medium sized bowl, mix the two boxes of corn muffin mix, eggs, and milk.
  9. Gently pour the corn muffin mix over the meat mixture.
  10. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cornbread is done (cake tester will come out clean).
  11. Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  12. Slide a knife around the edge of the skillet to make sure the cornbread isn't stuck to the sides.
  13. Place a larger plate over the cast iron skillet and invert the cornbread chili meal.
  14. Sprinkle cheese and top with sour cream and serve.


If you do not have a cast iron skillet, you can use a 9-inch by 9-inch baking dish.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 487Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 871mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 5gSugar: 15gProtein: 28g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Julie Pollitt( Blogger Behind Back To My Southern Roots )

Hi there! I’m Julie Pollitt from ‘Back To My Southern Roots.’ My love for cooking started way back on my grandparents’ farm in Tennessee. Those sunny days, the smell of biscuits in the oven, and all the family fun really sparked my passion for cooking. On my blog, I share more than just recipes – they’re like stories from my life, full of Southern warmth and homey goodness. The best part? Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a kitchen pro, you’ll find my recipes super easy to whip up. So, come on, pull up a chair, and let’s make some delicious memories!

Easy Chili Cornbread Recipe with Jiffy - Back To My Southern Roots (2024)


How do you spruce up Jiffy? ›

24 Things To Add to Jiffy Cornbread Mix to Make It Even Better
  1. ⅓ cup white sugar + ¼ cup brown sugar + ⅓ cup sour cream + 4 tablespoons melted butter + 1 tablespoon vanilla.
  2. 1 tablespoon oil, melted butter, or browned butter.
  3. ½ cup mayonnaise.
  4. ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt.
  5. 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup.
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How do you jazz up store bought cornbread? ›

Here are ten of our favorite no-fail combinations; give them a shot—or feel free to experiment on your own!
  1. Bacon and scallion. ...
  2. Green chile and cheddar cheese. ...
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  5. Pepperoni, parmesan, and black pepper. ...
  6. Spicy shrimp and creole seasoning. ...
  7. Brown sugar and pecan.

What can I do with a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix? ›

A box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix means that you can make corn muffins in a jiffy. But it also means that you can make a batch of crispy, savory-sweet hotcakes in an even quicker jiffy — and if this picture of a short stack dripping with butter and maple syrup doesn't convince you, I'm confident that I can.

What is the difference between cornbread and Southern cornbread? ›

She notes that Northern cornbread is sweeter, lighter, and more cake-like than Southern cornbread. Not surprisingly, it includes sugar (or molasses, in the earlier centuries), unlike traditional Southern cornbread.

Can you use outdated Jiffy mix? ›

Is it ok to use “JIFFY” mixes that are beyond the “Best If Used by” date? For best results, we recommend using all “JIFFY” mixes by the “Best If Used By” date. Beyond this date, dependent upon local weather and storage conditions, the quality of the end product may be affected.

What can I use instead of milk in Jiffy cornbread mix? ›

Here are some options: Water: The simplest substitute for milk in cornbread is water. You can use water as a 1:1 replacement for milk in your Jiffy cornbread recipe [3].

What does adding an extra egg to cornbread do? ›

The yolk will make the texture more dense and smooth, a bit brownie-like, while the fact that your original batter was too thick means that the additional liquid will help the baking powder achieve better leavening, giving you an airier texture.

What can I add to store bought cornbread mix? ›

corn kernels (canned or frozen) chopped jalapeños and or canned mild green chilies, and cheddar cheese all make great additions to cornbread. You can use butter to give the cornbread a special kick to make it taste better. I have used butter to give the cornbread more flavor.

What kind of bread is best with chili? ›

Corn bread is the perfect pairing with chili ,for as long as I can remember. it's like salt with pepper . It's just a very tasty pairing loved by millions .

What are the black specks in Jiffy corn muffin mix? ›

The black specks are simply naturally dark pieces of the pericarp (skin) of the corn, where the tip of the kernel attaches to the cob. The color of the specks will vary by crop and year. They are the same as those commonly seen in hard taco shells, corn or tortilla chips, cornmeal, and natural whole corn products.

Can I use water instead of milk in Jiffy cornbread mix? ›

Plain water works, also. You can just use water instead which is what most cornbread mixes ask for in the first.

What happens if you use water instead of milk in cornbread? ›

Can I substitute water for milk in cornbread mix? Yes, you can, but it may result in a less rich flavor. If you're out of milk, try using cream or half-and-half, evaporated or powdered milk, or even plain yogurt. If you have dietary restrictions, try soy milk or oat milk.

Why do Southerners not put sugar in cornbread? ›

The most common theory is a change in cornmeal itself. Until early in the 20th century, Southern cornmeal was made with sweeter white corn and it was water-ground. When industrial milling came along, that changed. The steel-roller mills used yellow corn that was harvested before it was ripe, so it had less sugar.

What is cornbread called in the South? ›

Corn pones are a staple of Southern U.S. cuisine and have been discussed or referenced by many American writers, including Mark Twain.

What did Native Americans call cornbread? ›

Among them was a version of Indian bread made of cornmeal, salt and water called pone or corn pone. The name came from the Algonquin word apan, meaning "baked." The Narragansett word for cornbread, nokechick, became no-cake and then hoe-cake.

What can I add to cornbread mix? ›

Need more ideas? Stir in diced jalapeño peppers, grated cheese, chopped country ham, or crumbled bacon. Bacon makes everything better. If jalapeños have too much of a kick for you, use a chopped poblano pepper.

Can you add sugar to cornbread mix? ›

Sugar: I prefer granulated sugar as it enhances the pure flavor of the cornmeal. You may substitute a little brown sugar for the granulated sugar for a touch of molasses flavor but it will dilute the corn flavor.

How do you make Jiffy cornbread less crumbly? ›

The recipe on the box doesn't give the batter as much moisture as I like in my cornbread, which is why it can sometimes turn out crumbly. Adding in the sour cream and vegetable oil makes a huge difference and makes the best moist cornbread.

Why does my Jiffy cornbread fall in the middle? ›

Cornbread, or any baked good, will fall in the middle if it is not completely baked, or if you add too much leavening, which causes it to rise more than the structure of the batter can sustain. Always use a tester inserted in the center of your cornbread to make sure it's done.


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