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Chili Con Carne Corn Bread Pie

20 mins Cook
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Chili Con Carne and Corn Bread are a classic pairing akin to the harmony of tomato and basil. Hence, I’ve ingeniously united them to craft a delightful creation: Chili Con Carne Corn Bread Pie! This ingenious concoction offers a fantastic solution for utilizing leftover Chili Con Carne, with the corn bread batter for the pie topping requiring just a few minutes of effortless mixing, all without any need for kitchen appliances.

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Earlier this week, I unveiled my recipe for Shredded Beef Chili Con Carne. The recipe yields a substantial amount, approximately 12 to 15 cups, which is ideal since Chili Con Carne freezes remarkably well and boasts boundless versatility. It effortlessly transitions into various dishes, from potato skins and pasta sauces to lasagna bakes and pastry-wrapped delights. This culinary chameleon also shines as a soup base, as a topping for fries and chili dogs, and is a cherished addition to Mexican favorites like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and nachos. The possibilities with Chili Con Carne are so extensive that I’m planning a separate post to delve into its many culinary potentials.

Among the accompanying sides that perfectly complement Chili Con Carne, I’m particularly fond of crafting Corn Bread Muffins. I’m consistently astounded by the delectable outcome, especially considering the straightforward batter that comes together in mere minutes. No complex mixing or appliances are required – just combine a handful of ingredients in a bowl, stir, and you’re ready to go.

My adoration for using Corn Bread Muffins to mop up Chili Con Carne was the inspiration behind this exceptional pie creation. The very first bite transported me to culinary bliss, and even gazing at the photo sparks an irresistible urge to indulge (though I’m well aware of the piping-hot temperature in the picture!). For this rendition, I’ve kept things uncomplicated by employing leftover Shredded Beef Chili Con Carne as the filling and topping it with a layer of corn bread mixture. However, there’s ample room to enhance the pie’s depth by incorporating vegetables. Corn, in particular, offers a natural synergy, whether frozen or fresh, for an intensified corn essence. Peas could also contribute to the medley. If a nutritional boost is desired, shredded spinach can be seamlessly integrated.

I’ve opted to craft individual serving-size pies using petite pie dishes. Nonetheless, feel free to adapt the concept to a larger dish, just adjusting the baking time to guarantee thorough cooking of the corn bread.

Give this culinary marvel a try – I’d love to hear your thoughts and impressions!

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Chili Con Carne Corn Bread Pie

Chili Con Carne Corn Bread Pie

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Chili Con Carne and Corn Bread are a classic pairing akin to the harmony of tomato and basil. Hence, I've ingeniously united them to craft a delightful creation: Chili Con Carne Corn Bread Pie! This ingenious concoction offers a fantastic solution for utilizing leftover Chili Con Carne, with the corn bread batter for the pie topping requiring just a few minutes of effortless mixing, all without any need for kitchen appliances.
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
servings
2
total time
30 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Shredded Beef Chili Con Carne

  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley , finely chopped (optional)

  • CORN BREAD TOPPING

  • 1/2 cup melted butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup polenta / cornmeal (Note 3)

  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour (or 3 tsp baking powder plus 1 1/4 cups + 3 tbsp of plain flour)

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 cup of canned creamed corn

Instructions

1
Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
2
Take 1 cup of your delectable Shredded Beef Chili Con Carne and distribute it evenly among either four individual pie dishes or a single larger pie dish.
3
In a bowl, combine the dry components of the Corn Bread Topping, giving them a quick stir to achieve harmonization.
4
Proceed to introduce the wet ingredients for the Corn Bread Topping and blend until a cohesive mixture forms, devoid of any lumps.
5
Gently pour the corn bread amalgamation over the filling, ensuring it attains a thickness of approximately 1.5 cm / 1/2".
6
Position the pie(s) into the preheated oven, allowing them to bake for a span of 20 to 30 minutes until the top assumes a resplendent golden hue. Should you be assembling a single large pie, anticipate a baking time closer to 35 minutes. To ascertain its readiness, insert a skewer into the center of the corn bread – a clean skewer signifies its completion, while batter clinging to the skewer warrants a return to the oven.
7
Grant the pie(s) a brief respite for about 5 minutes before serving, ideally garnished with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Notes

While the temptation to generously layer the batter atop the filling is real, it's crucial to keep it relatively thin, no more than 1.5 cm / 1/2" thick. A thicker layer could lead to the necessity of browning the top considerably, potentially leaving the center of the corn bread undercooked. To manage this, opt for a flatter dish rather than a deep one when making the pie. For instance, I utilized rectangular individual pie dishes measuring 15cm x 12cm (6" x 5") and with a depth of 4 cm / 1.4". It's highly probable that you'll have some batter leftover – roughly about 1/4 to 1/3 of it. Precision in achieving the exact required amount can be challenging, particularly due to variations in pie dish shapes and sizes. If there's an excess of batter, spoon it into greased ramekins or muffin tin trays and bake alongside the pie. Standard-sized muffin portions of corn bread typically necessitate about 15 to 20 minutes of baking time. A point of clarification: Polenta isn't technically an ingredient but rather a porridge-like dish crafted from cornmeal. It's the Italian counterpart to mashed potatoes! However, in Australia, fine yellow cornmeal is marketed as "polenta," which can lead to confusion. In most other regions, it's sold as cornmeal. The provided nutrition details account for the fact that approximately 1/4 of the corn bread batter is left unused and not incorporated into the pie. Chili Con Carne Corn Bread Pie Nutritional Information
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