Easy Chili and Sweet Cornbread Recipe

When the weather cools down, I crave warm, hearty meals.  Chili is a meal that my entire family can agree on, so we have it quite often.  This chili recipe requires very little preparation and is SO easy to make.  The sweet cornbread is simple to prepare as well and compliments the chili nicely.

This recipe is also perfect for having family and friends over to watch a football game.  For large crowds, just simply double the recipe.

Easy Chili and Cornbread



2 pounds ground beef (I often use a lean ground beef)
15 oz can of tomato sauce
15 oz can of red kidney beans
13 oz can of stewed tomatoes
2 Alarm Chili Kit
shredded cheese (freshly shredded tastes best!)
chopped onion (I prefer red, but white works as well)
water to likeness


2/3 cup milk (I use 2% milk)
2 eggs
2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 tbsp sugar


Simply follow the directions on the 2 Alarm Chili Kit package, but beware of the red pepper unless you like chili very, very spicy. I typically leave out the red pepper altogether. Even without it, it still has a little heat from the chili powder. (so you may omit some chili powder as well if you don't want any kick) I add more tomato sauce than the directions call for, as well as kidney beans and stewed tomatoes, after the spices are added. I also add a little water at a time so I can get the consistency I like. (not too thick, not too thin) I simmer for at least an hour before serving. (the longer, the better) When serving, add shredded cheese and onions. Sour cream would also be lovely.

For the cornbread, follow the directions on the Jiffy box, times two. (use both boxes together) Add one tablespoon of sugar to the batter. Sugar makes a HUGE difference in the taste! (tip from my awesome Mother-in-Law) Pour in a 9x13 dish, or a 8x8 cake pan for a thicker cornbread. Bake at least 15 minutes, but it may take a bit longer. (depends on oven) Do the toothpick in the middle trick to make sure it is ready.

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This recipe always leaves my family of four with TONS of leftovers, so I like to make it on a Friday night and finish it up over the weekend for lunches.  I hope your family enjoys this as much as we do!