Trader Joe's Cornbread Chili Pie

Yield: about 4 servings
Cost: less than $10


  • Trader Joe's Turkey Chili with Beans - 2 cans
  • Trader Joes Cornbread Mix (prepare with egg, 1/2 cup oil, 3/4 cup milk)
  • Trader Joes Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend
  • Trader Joe's Sour Cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Spread chili into a 9x13 casserole dish
  3. Top with prepared uncooked cornbread mix
  4. bake 25-30 minutes, until cornbread is fully cooked and beginning to brown at the edge
  5. Serve piping hot and garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream and your favorite chili toppings
John's Notes
  • Check the cheese, we got some Trader Joe's that was green inside (yuck!).
  • Sprinkle good cheese on after baking and return to warm oven to melt.
  • Adding an initial layer of prepared (cooked) cornmeal "mush" sweetened with honey and with a can of creamed corn would add a lot to this dish. Will try and report.
  • Chopped onions and salsa for toppings.
  • Sounds really good with scrambled eggs for a hearty breakfast.

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September 7. 2009 16:11


I just tried to make this recipe.  When I prepared one box of TJ's cornbread and spread it on top of the chili in the 9 X 13 pan, it did not cover the entire dish.  I prepared another box of cornbread and added that and baked it.  Although I baked for an additional 15 minutes and the top was quite brown, the cornbread did not cook through.  Did anyone else try this recipe and have a similar problem?  I think next time I will try to spread the cornbread thinner to cover and just bake one box.


September 7. 2009 16:47


Didn't have any troubles like you describe.  The cornbread was a little thin (about the same thickness as the chili) and a bit watery, but it spread pretty well.  It surprised me that it took a half-cup of oil (I used peanut oil).  
My best guess is that it was the double amount of cornbread that caused the undercooked results.  Our oven isn't too accurate either, I rely on a separate oven thermometer (setting the oven to 385 gets it to 350).

~~ John


September 21. 2009 17:26



I also used two boxes of cornbread mix, baked it for 25 minutes or so until the top was brown, then covered it with foil and baked about another 20 minutes (or until the cornbread is done all the way through).



September 21. 2009 19:46


Good to know. Thanks, Mike.

~~ John


April 26. 2010 08:54

I LOVE cornbread!!!  Any recipe with cornbread in it is a hit with me.  Instead of using the boxed cornbread, use homemade.  Really not that hard to make from scratch.

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