Chili Cornbread Casserole

Don’t be fooled by the hubby’s big pearly white smiling teeth.

You would guess the words out of his mouth would be something like, “Oh sweety I would love to have last night’s meal reheated so I can enjoy it tonight TOO!”


That look on my face is pretty common around dinner time.

I know what your thinking…That’s my sexy blue steal right?

Of coarse. But that’s all I have to do. One look of blue steal and I can get him to eat anything I want.

Ha! Ya flippen right!

He has a fear of leftovers…It doesn’t matter how unhealthy it is, he won’t touch it the next day.

Now, some people are the same way, like my dad for example hates leftovers.

I however could eat the same thing for dinner every day. I love to be spontaneous!

So the greatest way to enjoy leftovers, without actually eating the same exact thing the next night, is to make something different with it.

On halloween when I made Crockpot Tempeh Veggie Chili,

I had more than enough leftovers. Chili is great to freeze, and I thought about doing that, but I wanted to do something different. I then thought about $. (what’s new…)

Of coarse leftovers help you save $ right? See hubby…I will learn EvEnTuAlLy!

I really wanted to make a casserole type dish, something that I could mix and throw in the oven…not a lot of prep.

And who doesn’t LOVE a casserole?!

If you do, then I have about 587 recipes from my grandma, ranging from chicken and rice to green jello casserole…

But I promise, this casserole is far more tastier than a green jello casserole.

Even Baby Boo thinks so too!

Chili Cornbread Casserole


Leftover Tempeh Veggie Chili, or any chili you want.(I used about 2 C. because that’s what I had left.)

Cornbread(recipe to follow)

1/3 C. non dairy cheddar cheese or regular cheddar cheese (I like daiya)

Cornbread: Adapted from Baby Cakes

2/3 C. non dairy milk mixed with 1 TB. apple cider vinegar, then set aside

3/4 C. whole wheat pastry flour(of if GF, use 3/4 C. Gluten free baking flour)

1/2 C. cornmeal

1/2 C. corn flour(ground cornmeal in blender)

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

(if making GF, add 1 tsp. xantham gum)

1/2 C. coconut oil.

1/3 c. honey(or agave for vegan version)

1/3 c. applesauce

2 tsp. vanilla


1. Make your cornbread first. Combine dry ingredients together, then add wet(minus the milk+vinegar mixture.) Stir until combined, then gently fold in milk mixture.(it will be chunky like buttermilk.)

2. In a greased casserole dish of preference, add your chili. For this recipe you could use more chili than cornbread, or more cornbread than chili. It really is all preference. We like ours with more cornbread, so I used about 2 C. chili and half of the cornbread mixture. I’m saving the rest of the cornbread mix for breakfast in the morning. πŸ™‚

3. Top chili with dollops of desired amount of cornbread, and then sprinkle with cheese.

4. Next fold your ingredients together slightly, just so you incorporate some of the cornbread through out the chili.

This is actually my way of doing it, but I know some people like the cornbread on top and chili on bottom. If that’s the case then go ahead and do it that way. It will work out just the same.

It will look like this when mixed:

5. Bake in a preheated oven of 325 for about 35-40 minutes, or until center is cooked.

I loved being able to slice this like a pie!

Baby Boo and I Β ate ours on top of a baked sweet potato with a drizzle of honey:

And well, the hubby put his with a side of ‘NO NO!’…

I’m not even going to tell you what those are, even though your probably already know.

Some people may never learn.

Speaking of which hubby…I accidentlyΒ bought a dress online.

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  1. This definitely doesn’t count as “leftovers.” That chili looked awesome, but I’m really digging the idea of casserole … any excuse to eat cornbread! We used to break it up and pour milk over it as kids… I want pour milk all over this casserole and devour. πŸ™‚

  2. Ooh I love cornbread, so this may be a more gradual way to ease myself into the tempeh eating! :p

    You look gorgeous!!!

  3. hahaha I just laughed out loud at the last sentence! So classic!

  4. OMG this is hysterical to me because not only will my husband NOT eat leftovers… no matter what I make he ALWAYS brings out the hot Cheetos with every meal to eat. I look forward to the day when I make a meal and he eats it without the hot cheetos lol…

  5. I love the way you ended your post. I too have that problem, the one with spending/shopping that is. As for the leftovers debate, thankfully my man has no problem eating those. Which makes me extremely happy because I always have leftovers πŸ™‚

    Your casserole looks just as delish as I knew it would. I love the idea of mixing it, I have always had the casserole with cornbread on top.

  6. My husband can be the same way with leftovers. I love your creative transformation of leftovers here. Very clever. πŸ™‚

  7. Gorgeous pics of the food AND you and your hubs. Seriously you two need to be in magazines πŸ™‚

  8. Love this πŸ˜€ My hubby actually does love leftovers unless it’s something he didn’t like in the first place, then I have to get creative unless I want to eat all the leftovers myself. The chili + cornbread mix looks delicious. I always make cornbread to go with chili but never thought of anything like this, It looks like the perfect use for leftovers to me πŸ˜€

  9. Ari if you gave me the blue steal I’d eat it too. It’s just so freaking cute. As are you and your hubby. And Baby Boo, I mean don’t even get me started, she’s so cute. I always leave here smiling from ear to ear. This recipe is amazing, what a great use for leftovers. Simply genius my dear. Oh, as a Canuck, the land of no fun variety of junk food like the States has, I have no flipping clue what’s on hubby’s plate. Looks delish, I mean bad for you though.

  10. I love this remade leftover meal! It sounds so delicious especially on top of some sweet potatoes.
    You 2 are just too cute. Love that 1st pic… And your awesome 2nd pic face.

  11. i know what the no no’s are =) bahaha! love this idea for leftover chili!!!!!!! so putting it to use sometime thsi fall! though it will just be me eating it =( stupid marine corps

  12. Wow! You are seriously so creative and you two are the most gorgeous couple!!!!!!!!!

    BTW…tell your hubby there’s 70 ingredients in the McRib sandwich. 90% of them are fake chemical stuff!

    How could you want that when you have YOU as a cook though!

    hahaha…”accidentally bought a dress” love it

  13. Absolutely scrumptious! Down to the little hand at the end πŸ˜‰

  14. I totally understand the leftovers thing! It took us years to actually learn to eat them. For a while we had two bachelor tenants living our apartment building and we would take what was left to them. They would even bring back the dishes clean!

    That looks very yummy! We usually freeze our chili leftovers, but I learned not to make too much. : )

  15. Haha – I accidentally buy things online all the time πŸ™‚
    This casserole looks so delicious Ari! I’ve been wanting cornbread lately, just haven’t made it. πŸ™‚
    What are those reddish pink things on your hubby’s plate? Cheetos or something? Typical man – they know how to ruin a healthy and delicious meal.

  16. My dad doesn’t eat leftovers either…it drives my mom insane! Luckily, my husband would eat the same thing every night of the week if there was enough of it πŸ™‚ Still, I love the new recipe with leftovers here (minus the flaming Cheetos!)

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