Monday, January 10, 2011

Slow Cooker Chili and Sweet Southern Cornbread

First let me say, I had a lovely birthday on Sunday.  My parents and my Grandma came into town to share it with me. That is a very rare treat indeed to have everyone together that it didn't matter so much what we were celebrating.  My son treated my birthday with an enthusiasm that only a 5 year old can manage. He was more excited than I was, I think. At my age, it was nice to be called the birthday girl.  We will not discuss how quickly I am approaching 40 - no, we will not.
 I wanted to cook up a little something for everyone this weekend, but at the same time, I didn't want to be spending all my time in the kitchen instead of where I should be - hanging out with all of them.  So my go-to appliance on these types of occasion is the slow cooker. I can get everything going and then pretty much forget about it until dinner time.  I decided on some chili and cornbread.  I got the chili going in the morning and prepared the cornbread just before dinner.  I had condiments for everyone to customize their chili just the way they like it; shredded cheese, sour cream, crackers and hot sauce. Cornbread and chili go together like peas and carrots.  

Although, my Grandma informed me she also likes peanut butter and crackers with her chili.  I learn something new about her all the time.  My father's family is from Wisconsin and I learned from them and my husband (who is from Indiana) that this seems to be a Midwest thing.  But I digress, let's get to the food.
  Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
1 ½ tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
½ tbsp garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can dark red kidney beans
1 (15 oz.) can beef broth (or water)
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
Optional Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped red onions and sour cream


Directions:
In a saute pan, brown and crumble ground beef with celery, onion and garlic over medium high heat (until meat is completely brown and vegetables are tender).  Drain excess grease and pour beef mixture into your Crock Pot.  Open cans of tomatoes, tomato sauce and kidney beans (do not rinse or drain), beef broth and dump those into your crock pot.  Add chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire sauce and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.   Cover with lid and cook on low for 4-6 hours (the longer, the better).  Taste before serving and add more salt and pepper as necessary.  Serve with toppings.

Sweet Cornbread
Ingredients:
2 tbsp. honey
1 egg
4 tbsp. butter (melted)
½ cup milk
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Spray 8x8 baking dish with nonstick spray.  In a medium bowl, whisk together all your wet ingredients: honey, egg, butter, milk and water.  In a separate bowl, combine all your dry ingredients: sugar, corn meal, flour, baking powder and salt.  Give it a gentle stir with a fork to combine.  While whisking, slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet until all combined.  Batter may be a little lumpy, that’s okay.  Pour mixture into greased 8x8 baking dish.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until set in the middle and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 

Enjoy!
Cornbread printable recipe 




Update: My Grandma (in the above photo) passed away this year in 2013. My Grandma Betty was my last surviving grandparent and she will be greatly missed. I'm glad we were able to get that picture together a couple of years ago.  She loved this meal of chili and cornbread so much and she made sure to tell me so several times. I will cherish that memory forever.  Love you Grandma!

36 comments :

Boulder Locavore said...

This is one of the best cold weather meals in my book! Happy belated birthday and happy to find you on FoodBuzz. Check my blog tomorrow for and equally yummy cold weather crock pot recipe!

thecountrycook said...

Will do Boulder! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Jill (jillpickle, jillpickle74) said...

Aww happy birthday! Wish I'd have known! And look how pretty you are! That chili looks good though I'm going to have to save it for another day. Got chili con carne on the menu this week so its a bit too similar for this week. But next week, game on!

thecountrycook said...

Jill - it's all about good lighting...lol.

Siggy Spice said...

Happy late birthday!
We are having White Chicken Chili today....waiting for this snowstorm that is supposed to be rolling through.

thecountrycook said...

Sigs - I was just talking to Jill about the snow. Her blog post is hilarious. However, I do believe y'all in North Carolina are going to get the worst of this storm. Be safe!!

foodblogandthedog said...

I've never tried corn bread, might have to give it a go! Thanks for the inspiration!

Miz Helen said...

Your Chili and Cornbread look so good especially today it is so cold. Thank you so much for coming to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Steph@PlainChicken.com said...

I just put the chili in the crockpot for dinner! Can't wait to try it. I am making cheesy cornbread waffles to go with it.

thecountrycook said...

Steph - I really hope you like it as much as we do. And cornbread waffles? That sounds INSANELY good. Now I want to come to your house for dinner!

happywhennothungry said...

Yum! This cornbread and chili looks delicious! Hope your bday was great too!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl!! Sounds like you had a perfect birthday day.
I always forget to use my slow cooker... I really need to get that out more often.
Love that cornbread!! We are cornbread lovers here, and I know this would be popular!!

MsByn said...

Yours is the third blog I've read about chili today... and that's what I just posted about myself!:)

Veronica Gantley said...

The chili looks so good! I will have to make it this weekend. My bithday was the 19t this past wednesday. I turned 27 hehehehe +20

Kimberly said...

Happy Belated Birthday! And that chili looks so good, but especially the cornbread... I'm from down south originally so the sweet cornbread just brings back memories from my childhood! Glad you had a wonderful day!

thecountrycook said...

Veronica - I hope you like it! Happy Belated Birthday!! I always say I'm 25 with 10 years experience...lol.

Tiffany said...

Why is cornbread so good? :) Happy Birthday!

Becky said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Chili and cornbread warm you kitchen as well as your soul. We need chili here, because of below zero wind chills!

Cakewalker said...

I'd have never thought to use Worcestershire sauce in a chili, but I'll bet it lends a terrific depth of flavor! Your Grandma may have something there with the peanut butter & crackers side dish... You've got a beautiful, fun family - the photo shows it. Cheers!

Rebecca said...

This corn bread is yummy! I was making it from a packet and the hubby said it tasted like card board lol! This is far from card board :)

The Country Cook said...

Rebecca, that was so funny!! So glad you liked this recipe & thank you so much for taking the time to come back & let me know how it turned out for ya!

Trish said...

My husband has always been the chili maker in the house...until I found this. We've had it several times already and every time I've made it there isn't a drop left. Everyone loves it, including the kids! We even upgraded my crock pot (I had a 4 qt and the ingredients just barely fit) just so we could make a bigger batch! Thank you so much for this delicious and easy recipe!

The Country Cook said...

Trish - that is so great to hear! Yay!! So happy to hear you love this one!! Thank you for taking the time to come back & let me know how it turned out for you!

Amber said...

This is going on my menu for next week!!! It sounds amazing, and SO EASY!!!

USA Mom said...

I made a big pot of chili and thought cornbread would be a nice complement. In 28 years of marriage, I'd never made it. When I asked hubby if he liked cornbread, he made a face and said, "it's ok". Unswayed, I gave this recipe a try. I used Bob's Red Mill whole grain cornmeal - medium grind which gave it some crunch. Baked the batter in an 8 x 8 glass dish. It took nearly 30 minutes and my oven temp is accurate. OMG is this recipe delicious! When hubby ate a piece, he kept saying how good it was and he ate another. Apparently, the cornbreads he's had in the past were dry and tasteless. I have to control myself from eating the whole pan. Thanks again for another fabulous recipe!

Christina said...

I have made the cornbread 3 times now. This is such good, moist, and just plain corn goodness. I have had such great luck with the recipes you post! I am going to be making a carrot cake in the next week...I only wish I was using a recipe from you, because then I know it would be great, lol! Anyway, the cornbread is awesome. We always devour it.

The Country Cook said...

Hey Christina & USA Mom! Thank you for taking the time to come back & let me know how it turned out for you! I truly appreciate your comments. It means so much to me to know folks are enjoying the recipes from this website. So thrilled you loved it!

Anonymous said...

I made this Chili and Cornbread tonight!! I could have eaten the entire pan of cornbread!! SOOOO good!!! I have tried SO many of your recipes...they never disappoint! Thank you!!!

April said...

This recipe is great!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I love all your recipes..

Teresa Gunnels said...

This is a great crock pot chili! My family loved it! Thanks

Yum Yucky said...

I need this cornbread in my life. My stomachs will be very pleased.

Vicki said...

I make my cornbread with Lilly White Cornmeal (recipe on back of bag) in a 10" iron skillet. Put your skillet in the oven & get it hot with a little oil to keep the cornbread from sticking. Let the cornbread cool just a bit. Turn the iron skillet up side down. The cornbread also know as a corn pone should just fall out. As far as peanut butter & crackers with chili. My husband who's southern born has been eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with his chili since he was a little boy . Oh tried your hamburger steak recipe it was Yummy.

Anonymous said...

This is the best chili recipe I have found. Now my family's favorite!

Name Already Taken said...

I think this is very similar to my chili but with the cumin and celery difference, so I am going to try it. Big ballgame coming up Monday so this will be a treat for my game-on husband for a very cold day.

Anonymous said...

I'm making it right now! Mine is a little runnier than I would have thought and it's been on about 5 hours. I've never made chili so I wanted to ask if it should be and if not, how can I fix it? Thank you!! Love your recipes!!