Winter Eats – Chili & Cornbread | Recipe

Since my last two have been SWEAT posts, I’m overdue for an {EAT} post. Especially as someone who loves food – shopping for it, making it, baking it, sharing it, finding new places to it. Oh, and of course, eating it. LOL.

For my first EAT post, I wanted to share a recipe – actually 2! Since I cook at least 4 to 5 times a week, I am always looking for new things to make so my partner and I don’t get bored. A fun challenge for me is to figure out tasty foods to cook that are easy to make on a weeknight. This chili recipe is one of my favorites to make, especially during the cooler winter months. And one of my partner’s favorite to eat. When we’re feel the need for an extra cozy night, I make cornbread too. I’ve shared both recipes with friends and family, and they love it too. Hope you like it and add it to your rotation!


Servings: 4 bowls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • IMG_29271 to 1.25 pounds of ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsps of unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed. and drained (other beans like kidney beans work too)
  • Topping options (not pictured):
    • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • Chopped onion or green onion
    • Sour cream or plain greek yogurt
    • Sliced avocado


  1. Brown ground turkey in a medium pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Remove browned meat from pot and set aside.
  2. Add oil to same medium pot or dutch oven.
  3. Once oil is hot, add diced onion and bell peppers. Sauté, stirring occasionally until slightly softened. ~2-3 minutes.
  4. Add back browned ground meat to pot.
  5. Add chili spices, brown sugar, cocoa (optional) and cook, stirring, for a minute or so. Note: Adding cocoa adds a depth of flavor and richness.
  6. Add tomatoes with juice into pot and break them up with spoon.
  7. Add rinsed, drained beans and 1 teaspoon salt.  Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  8. Add additional seasoning – salt, pepper, chili powder – to taste.
  9. Serve in bowls with toppings of your choice – shredded cheese, chopped onion, sour cream, greek yogurt, and/or sliced avocado.

Servings: 12 full-size muffins using muffin tin, 16 squares using square pan or 8-10 slices using round cake pan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes if baking cornbread muffins; 20-25 minutes if baking square or round pan

I like to serve my chili with cornbread to make it extra comforting.  This is one of my favorite easy-to-make cornbread recipes. It’s great as is, or you can add fun mix-ins to spice it up.


  • IMG_2935.jpeg1 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (skim, 2%, whole milk all work)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Mix-in ideas (optional):
    • 2 tablespoons of fresh, chopped sage
    • 1-2 fresh, chopped jalapenos
    • 1/2 of a 4 ounce can of chopped green chiles
    • 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar


  1. IMG_2941Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or lightly butter or grease a 9 inch round cake pan, glass or metal square pan, or muffin tin. When I use muffin tins, I like to line them with cupcake liners for easier clean up and eating.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  3. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Add in any mix-ins (optional).
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. For cornbread muffins, bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick/knife comes out clean. For 9″ round or square pan, bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Top with butter and/or honey and enjoy!

I hope you make one or both of these recipes. Let me know how they turn out!

I want to share more of my favorite recipes, but I’d like to know what you want me to share and how you want it shared!

Please also let me know what other kind of recipes you would like to see – one pot meals? mains + sides? desserts? I also want to know how you would like recipes shared so I can improve my future recipe posts. Would you like me to share them with more pictures? With step by step directions with photos? With a story or how I came up with the recipe? How much detail do you need?

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