Monday, June 11, 2012

One of My Favorite Meals -- Chili and Corn Casserole

Growing up I didn't realize that most people put beans in their chili.  We had Cincinnati Style Chili.  Skyline Chili was our gold standard for chili.  Gold Star was a pretty close second.  (Every visit home I make sure to stop by Skyline!)  It wasn't until I was dating my husband that I tried "traditional" meat and bean chili.  I have to admit, I really like it!  While my Cincinnati Style Chili will always have a special place in my heart this "new" chili makes it into my menu rotation fairly frequently.

I don't have an exact recipe and it does change a little bit each time I make it, but this is it essentially.  I love how simple it is!

I love the aroma of chili cooking in the crock pot!
  • 1 pound ground meat (I use either turkey or beef)
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans
  • 2 cans light red kidney beans
  • 2 cans chili beans (Aldi has a super tasty variety!)
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • salt to taste  (especially if beans are no sodium)
  • a couple of shakes of garlic powder
  • a couple of shakes of cumin
  • chili powder
  • onion
Brown the meat.  I also (drain the grease if its beef and then) throw the onions in for a minute or two.  Add all the ingredients to a crock pot.  Cook on high for a couple of hours or on low for the day.

Corn Casserole is a relatively new food for my little family.  We were hooked the first time we had it!  I also love that this is a one dish casserole--I assemble everything in the baking dish.  It pairs extremely well with the above chili.

  • 1 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1 can of creamed corn
  • 1 can of whole kernel corn
  • 1 box of cornbread
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounces of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
Melt the butter or microwave in your baking dish.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.   Bake at 350 until its not jiggly in the center, about 45-60 minutes.

For my little family these two recipes make enough food for one dinner and a couple of lunches--I love leftovers!


  1. I love one dish meals - especially chilli!!

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  2. now that sounds good! especially with some tortilla chips! yuuummmy! thanks so much for linking it up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

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  4. Great recipe! So glad you linked this to Things I've Done Thursday!

  5. That corn casserole sounds good. We just had chili last night. Love a good bowl of chili. Thanks for the recipes.

  6. Sounds good! Thanks for sharing this great post on Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes last week! :) Hope to see you again this weekend! :)

  7. Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday: Tomatoes. There is a great collection of all things tomatoey.
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  8. Your Corn Casserole looks like a winner!

  9. chili is great for any holiday and also for the superbowl. sounds great to me

  10. this looks and sounds delicious! thanks so much for sharing!!! can't wait to try!

  11. This recipe sounds delicious and I already have all of the ingredients in my pantry!

  12. I really enjoy all your recipes, and this corn casserole sounds delicious, my mom would make something like this that i remember, and it was yummy but i was too little to remember the recipe and now that you talk about it I am going to try it, see if i can make it LOL thanks for share @tisonlyme143

  13. This casserole sounds great. I need to figure out how to cook it for one. It looks delicious.

  14. The chili recipe is an easy one and I can definitely see my family enjoying it. I love corn casserole and this is very similar to a recipe I have made. I shall have to try it and see which I prefer. Thanks for the recipes.

  15. oh my, i cant pick just 1 favorite they all look & sound so good, definately gonna try these with my family....YUMMY

  16. oh looks so yummy, i havn't made chilli in so long but this recipe looks so easy to put together , love it ;) thanks for share @tisonlyme143


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