Family-Style Chili and Corn Bread Dumplings

Hearty and flavorful, this chili will warm you on even the most blustery of winter evenings. What really sets this dish apart, however, is the brilliant addition of cheesy cornbread dumplings. When buying sweet peppers for the chili, choose those that are firm, heavy for their size, and have shiny, vibrantly-colored skin.

Family-Style Chili and Corn Bread Dumplings
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 pound boneless beef round steak or boneless pork shoulder

  • 1 cup chopped onion (2 medium)

  • 1 ¼ cup chopped green, red, or yellow sweet pepper (1 large)

  • 1 15 ounce can chili beans with chili gravy, undrained

  • 1 15 ounce can kidney or pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 14.5 ounce can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, undrained, cut up

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 teaspoon chopped canned chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • Corn Bread Dumplings

  • Shredded cheddar cheese

  • Green onions, cut into strips (optional)

Corn Bread Dumplings

  • 1 ounce package corn muffin mix

  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese, or Mexican cheese blend (2 ounces)

  • ¼ cup sliced green onions

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup sour cream


  1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 1/2-inch cubes. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, stir together meat, onion, sweet pepper, undrained chili beans with chili gravy, drained kidney or pinto beans, undrained tomatoes, broth, chipotle chile peppers or crushed red pepper, cumin, garlic salt, and oregano.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. If you have an oval slow cooker, using two spoons, drop all of the Corn Bread Dumplings dough into small mounds onto the bubbling mixture in slow cooker. (If you have a round cooker, preheat oven to 400°F. Drop half of the Corn Bread Dumplings dough onto the bubbling mixture. Spoon remaining batter into two or three greased muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.)

  4. Cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes more or until a toothpick inserted into a dumpling comes out clean. (Do not lift cover during cooking.) Top each serving with cheddar cheese. If desired, garnish with green onion strips.

Corn Bread Dumplings

  1. In a large bowl combine corn muffin mix, cheese, and green onions. In a small bowl beat egg with a fork; stir in sour cream. Stir egg mixture into cheese mixture.

If desired, substitute 1 pound ground beef or ground pork for the beef round steak or pork shoulder. In a large skillet, brown ground beef or pork; drain off fat before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

529 Calories
17g Fat
61g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 529
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 1256mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Protein 35g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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