Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chili Cornbread Casserole & Vegan Cornbread Mix

Chili Cornbread Casserole
I'd like to say that my Chili was the Chili Cook off winner at Church this year. Or any year. But, it wasn't ; )

This is Chili the way I like it. Very fresh tasting & vegetable-y. Not a trace of fake meat in sight. There are a million other Chili recipes out there- if this one isn't to your taste, you can substitute your favorite Chili to make this dish.

This (or any) Chili is good baked under a layer of cornbread, ladled over a baked potato, or as a topping for spaghetti noodles.

I give a Cornbread Mix recipe below, but if you prefer, you can always use a store bought mix & prepare it according to package directions.


Fill Oiled dish about 1/2 full with Chili. (If you have some
leftover, freeze it for lunches or for another dinner!)
optional -1 T oil
1 (12oz) bag 3 pepper & onion blend or 1 chopped onion, 1chopped green peppers
1 tsp fresh garlic
1 (15 oz) can rinsed Kidney beans *
1 (15 oz) can rinsed Black beans *
1 (15 oz) can rinsed Chickpeas *
3 (15oz) cans chopped tomatoes, with juice
2 cups frozen Corn, rinsed in a sieve to thaw
3 T Taco Seasoning **
***Optional "heat"
Evenly top with spoonfuls of cornbread batter. (don't add
at one end of dish hoping to spread it all over )
Simmer, covered, 30 min over low heat, stir occasionally, serve with cornbread (or top with cornbread batter and bake according to cornbread directions - see below)

If desired, all ingredients can be simmered in Crock Pot or Slow Cooker on high for about 3 hours, instead of cooking on the stove top.
** In place of Taco Seasoning, you may use ALL of the following: 3 T chili powder blend,
1 tsp oregano, 1 T cumin (whole or ground). Chili Powder Blend here is not Powdered Chilies, but rather the popular spice blend. See post on Taco Seasoning Mix for more details.

Spread evenly with the back of a spoon.
Alternate uses: serve over spaghetti, or over baked potatoes

***For a little "heat," 3 very finely minced Thai pickled peppers can be used - it's fine to add them at reheating time.
Tip for Dining with Omnivores: You can always use a purchased Chili Con Carne for the Omnivore's portion. Alternately, you can use cooked ground meat for a garnish and let it be stirred in at the table. Many Omnivores also like Shredded Cheddar or Sour Cream with their Chili.
Vegan Cornbread Mix:
Bake till golden brown.
May be used for Chili Cornbread Casserole, or to make Cornbread or Corn Muffins.
Combine in Canister & shake well:
3 cups Unbleached Flour
3 cups Cornmeal (similar to polenta)
1/2 cup Sugar (may be reduced or omitted - depending how sweet you like your cornbread)
3 T Baking Powder
1/4 c Arrowroot Powder, Tapioca Starch or Cornstarch
Scant Tablespoon Salt
To use:
2 c mix
1 c water
Canister of Vegan Cornbread Mix
1/2 cup Applesauce OR 3 Tablespoons oil

Bake in greased pan, 425 deg. 25 to 30 min (or top chili and bake the same way). Also may be used to make muffins - baking time may be *slightly* less for muffins.

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  1. Well, it's a WINNER in my book! Looks awesome and I would give it top prize!


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