Chili Casserole with a Cornmeal Crust

1
Lindsay V

By
@SchnoodleSoup

Chili + Cornbread = Happiness

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
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Serves:
4
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

FOR THE FILLING:

1 lb
lean ground beef
1
medium onion, chopped
1
bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp
red chili powder
2 tsp
cumin
1 tsp
oregano
1/2 tsp
salt
1 can(s)
petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 can(s)
dark kidney beans (14.5 oz)
1 can(s)
light kidney beans (14.5 oz)
few pinches of cayenne
olive oil
pepper

FOR THE CORNMEAL CRUST:

1 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
cornmeal
1/2 c
sugar
8 Tbsp
butter, cold and cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 tsp
salt
1/4 c
ice water, plus 2 tbsp (if needed)

How to Make Chili Casserole with a Cornmeal Crust

Step-by-Step

  • 1PREPARE CHILI:
  • 2Heat ~ 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet set to medium heat.
  • 3Add onions once oil is hot and sauté until onions are fragrant and translucent. Add pepper and garlic and continue to sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  • 4Add beef and cook until meat is browned.
  • 5Once meat is browned, immediately add tomatoes and their juices. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne and salt. Simmer until mixture is slightly thickened.
  • 6Remove from heat and place in a 1 ½ qt. casserole dish. Allow to cool a bit as you make the crust.
  • 7Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • 8FOR THE CORNMEAL CRUST:
  • 9Sift together flour, cornmeal, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  • 10Gradually incorporate cold butter pieces with a pastry cutter, fork or your hands. Continue to incorporate until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • 11Add ¼ cup very cold water and mix very lightly with your hands. If the dough sticks together enough to form a ball, you have enough water. If there is still dough at the bottom of your bowl, add more water, 1 Tbsp at a time until you can form a ball with the dough.
  • 12On a well-floured surface, roll the ball out to create a circle that is slightly larger than your casserole dish.
  • 13Place flattened dough on top of casserole dish, so sides hang over slightly. Turn the overhanging dough under and pinch around the sides of your dish.
  • 14Cut three slits in the middle of the pie to allow steam to escape.
  • 15Bake for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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About Chili Casserole with a Cornmeal Crust

Course/Dish: Beef, Chili, Casseroles
Other Tag: For Kids