Chili Con Carne with Golden Cornbread


Dive into the rich and spicy flavors of our Hearty Chili Con Carne, perfectly complemented by a side of Golden Cornbread. This meal is a celebration of bold tastes and textures, featuring a robust chili packed with meat and beans, alongside a sweet and buttery cornbread. Ideal for a cozy night in or a gathering with friends and family.

Chili Con Carne with Golden Cornbread

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 6 people. 
  • Each serving includes a hearty bowl of chili con carne and a slice of cornbread.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 640 kcal
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55 g
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg
  • Sodium: 720 mg
  • Fiber: 10 g


For the Chili Con Carne

  • Ground beef: 900 g (2 lbs)
  • Onion, chopped: 1 large
  • Garlic, minced: 3 cloves
  • Canned tomatoes, diced: 800 g (28 oz)
  • Red kidney beans, drained and rinsed: 400 g (14 oz)
  • Beef broth: 480 ml (2 cups)
  • Chili powder: 2 tbsp
  • Cumin: 1 tsp
  • Paprika: 1 tsp
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

For the Cornbread

  • Cornmeal: 160 g (1 cup)
  • All-purpose flour: 120 g (1 cup)
  • Sugar: 50 g (1/4 cup)
  • Baking powder: 1 tbsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Milk: 240 ml (1 cup)
  • Eggs: 2
  • Unsalted butter, melted: 60 g (1/4 cup)

Method of Preparation

For the Chili Con Carne

  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef with onion and garlic. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add tomatoes, beans, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

For the Cornbread

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and melted butter. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  3. Pour into a greased 9-inch square baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a richer flavor, add a piece of dark chocolate to the chili con carne.
  • Avoid overmixing the cornbread batter to keep it light and fluffy.
  • Serve chili with toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped green onions for extra flavor.


Can I make the chili vegetarian?

Yes, you can substitute the beef with extra beans and vegetables for a vegetarian version.

How do I store leftovers?

Store chili and cornbread in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator. The chili can also be frozen.

Can I use a different type of bean in the chili?

Absolutely! Feel free to use black beans, pinto beans, or a mix of your favorite beans.