Monday, February 20, 2012

Chili and Cornbread In A Cup

It is cold outside and what better way to take away the
chill than homemade chili and cornbread?  How
about combining the two into one clever and
creative dish that showcases both?

Who hasn't seen this creative presentation
for chili and cornbread?
I pinned
this one quite a while ago from Giver'slog,
and decided to give it
a try.

Since we are all lovers of Pinterest here at
Purple Chocolat Home,
 we decided to try and
make some of the delicious things we have
pinned or marked.  Pinterest is like a personal set
of files of things you want to save and be able to
go back and find.  Before Pinterest, I was going through
reams of paper printing off your wonderful ideas that
I wanted to get around to or to save!  (A little complaining
from hubby about paper waste there!!)  Still, it was hard
to go through all of them and find what I was looking for.

Enter Pinterest - now not only can I save every great idea
(without paying for ink and paper) but I can see great
ideas you have found.

Pinterest is now my greatest referral source and has
increased my readership.  I love that too!

I saw this fun blurb on Pinterest and decided to make
a whole week of Pinterest items.  Of course I have 
pinned so much, I could do a whole year of things but
really I am just visiting your great blogs 
and trying out
things you have suggested!

 I decided to tweak this one and make my favorite super quick
recipe for chili.This recipe is perfect for something
that is thick and tasty but is done in a flash.

I developed this quick chili recipe one time
when I was out of time and needed 
a thick rich chili in minutes to top Navajo Tacos.

I like my chili thick, almost thick enough
to stand your fork in and that can take a
lot of simmering.  Substituting refried beans 
for kidney or chili beans gives that luscious 
creamy thickness instantly.

Fast As A Rattlesnake
Southwest Chili

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 T. onion powder
1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
2 T. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. oregano
28 oz. finely diced tomatoes
30 oz. refried beans
3/4 C. warm water (more if needed)

Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan.  Drain the
fat.  Add the spices and stir while still on the heat for
about 2 minutes to toast the spices and bring out
additional flavor.  Stir in the tomatoes, the refried
beans and water. Heat to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes,
stirring often to avoid sticking.  Add additional water if
desired to make it how thick you want it.

I decided to make my quick and thick homemade
chili and top it with the kind of cornbread I love,
sweet and cakelike.

Sweet Cornbread

1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. yellow cornmeal
2/3 C. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2  tsp. baking powder
1/4 C. butter, melted
1 1/4 C. milk
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400. 
Use Pam with flour only on the bottom of an 8x8
inch pan.  

 Mix the dry ingredients together.
Melt the butter and add the milk.  Microwave the milk and
butter mix for 1 minute to scald the milk.  Stir the milk
into the flour mix and then stir in the egg.  

Spoon into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or 
until golden.  Let cool 5 minutes before cutting.
(Or if you are really in a hurry,
Marie Callender's Cornbread
Mix is great too if it is available where you live.)

To make the Chili and Cornbread In a Cup
(or in a jar) fill the bottom third of your ovenproof
container with warm chili.  Make sure it isn't too hot
because it could crack a cold jar.  Fill the next third with
the cornbread batter.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for
20-25 minutes or until the bread is cooked through
and the chili is bubbling.

And I had to take the suggestion given on her
blog and top the cornbread with soft creamy
butter and rich honey!  Yummy!
(The honey and butter get eaten in the first few bites
so don't worry about it mixing in the chili, unless you
want it to of course!!)

(I served them in small pie tins with checkered
tissue and tied on bamboo forks and spoons which
I found at a local restaurant supply.)

"This is one of the funnest meals I've had!", said my hubby
after he finished the meal!  Now I LOVED that!!

I will be posting this with
Foodie Friday


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. This looks like a great meal for watching The Briar (curling championship that starts soon on Canadian TV). I'll have to go back and read carefully - and then look for something in which to bake the combination.

  2. I'm salivating right now! Thanks for sharing a great idea.

  3. Be still my beating heart....sounds DELICIOUS! Looks great as well!
    have a wonderful day.

  4. I am making this tonight! Love the presentation and it sounds yummy.
    xo, Sherry

  5. This is so adorable, I am not a chili fan, but I know CUTE when I see it! Fabulous pics~

  6. I can't believe you made these in those cute cups. I would be afraid to try that. So cute.

  7. That presentation is wonderful. I was worried when I first saw it that the glasses would shatter in the hot oven. Were they just regular drinking glasses and not anything special? If so, it opens up so many cool things.

  8. Oh, how yummy that looks. I've been craving cornbread since I fixed chili last week. I still haven't remembered to buy any mix.

  9. What a great idea! It looks delicious and so cute!

  10. This is fantastic, Jacqueline! I never have chili without cornbread...this looks so easy! I'm glad you have made Pinterest work for you. I am still holding back because of time restraints...maybe someday!


  11. Such a cute presentation! I have to agree with your hubby, it does look like fun:@)

  12. This is a darling idea. We love chili and cornbread. I'm passing this along to the "chef". ~ Sarah

  13. That is the prettiest cup of chili I have ever seen, Jacqueline!

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  14. This looks so yummy I am making it right now! What makes the cornbread "sweet"?

  15. Oops, thanks Mom of 5, I did a typo and left the sugar out!

  16. I am with your hubby...that looks like one FUN meal!!

  17. Cute idea! Where do you get all these cute ideas? Apparently I didn't get a slightest bit of creative genes from you even though we are family.:( (Though I have got some from Joni.) The chili and cornbread must have been a very delicious dish! Wish I was there.

  18. this is the cutest food presentation I have seen in a long time....But let me ask...I love the glasses you used but where did you find glasses like that that are oven proof??....I can see using canning jar but I like the look of the glass....Thanks for sharing...

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  20. This is a great idea. I'd never make the same thing twice in a year if I went through all my pins. My hubby loves cornbread with his chili and I have to make this. The presentation is really neat. So are your February highlights.

  21. What a fabulous idea. I love it!!! I am going to give this a try for sure.

  22. Oh I am loving this~ what a wonderful idea and great way to serve this combo! Love your cheery checks! So many pins so little time... :)

  23. LOVE these! The chili sounds fantastic and thanks so much for the recipe. I have to have my cornbread spicy so will just change that part. :-) I love the presentation...just really into individual servings right now.

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

  24. LOVE these! The chili sounds fantastic and thanks so much for the recipe. I have to have my cornbread spicy so will just change that part. :-) I love the presentation...just really into individual servings right now.

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

  25. I might have to repin this to save this recipe - so cute! I just don't know if I'm brave enough to risk doing this in any of my glass goblets. I might have to go for the mason jar suggestion.

  26. I have soooo many recipes pinned on Pinterest and its about time I tried a few of them. This is such a clever idea, Jacqueline, and would be so much fun for a party. You always present your recipes and ideas in such creative ways. Love it!

  27. I am loving Pinterest too and just started following YOU today! I love this combo too. I am surprised that your glasses can go in the oven, I will have to check to see what I have that will work. The presentation is fabuulous! MY hubby likes a pretty presentation too:) Thanks for the recipes. XO, Pinky

  28. What a great way to eat chili and conbread. Neat idea!


  29. This looks so good in the glasses and sounds delicious! I'm going to try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  30. You are VERY brave, Jacqueline! I would have been scared to death that the glass would crack with the oven heat.
    Please tell us where to find such heat proof glassware?? This is a darling idea & I can think of lots of other combos.

    I, too, am addicted to Pinterest! I feel like I'm reading the best of hundreds of magazines, all in one place. I have been trying to do a few of the ideas each week...not enough hours in my days!


  31. That is such a great idea. Love the presentation.

  32. This is such a great idea! I've made this in casserole form, but the individual servings are just so cute and fun! :)

  33. Jacqueline, This meal in a cup is so cute, but you sent it over the top with the attached wooden utensils! Sounds delicious too. I'll have to give it a go! :)

  34. This is brilliant, and the cornbread recipe sounds delicious.

  35. They do look so cute in the glasses and the little flatware is cute too. Joni

  36. What a fun way to serve Chili and cornbread!!! I love it! And I love the wooden spoons and forks! So cute! Thanks for the inspiration!


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