Cornbread Topped Cast-Iron Skillet Chili
Make this simple and tasty cornbread skillet chili tonight.
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 ½ lb(s) beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup fine cornmeal, plus 1 Tbsp for dusting beef
¾ cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 Tbsp for dusting beef
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, sliced
3 – 4 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 (10-oz) cans diced tomatoes with chilies, drained
4 Tbsp sugar
¾ tsp baking soda
1 large egg
½ cup milk
¼ cup sour cream, plus more for serving
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup (about 3 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
1. Heat the oil in 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat until very hot. Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper and toss with 1 tablespoon of the flour and 1 tablespoon of the cornmeal. Add the beef to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned, 6 to 10 minutes.
2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until onion is soft, about 8 minutes. Add the chili powder (use less if you like milder chili) and cumin and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, beans and 1 tablespoon of the sugar and bring to simmer. Cook until the meat becomes tender and the sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes. If the liquid reduces to less than three-quarters of the way up the sides of the meat, stir in a little water.
3. Meanwhile, position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat to 400º F. Whisk the remaining 3/4 cup cornmeal, 3/4 cup flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk the sour cream, milk and egg together in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, whisking until well combined. Stir in the melted butter and Cheddar cheese. Drop oval-shaped spoonfuls of batter on top of the chili, leaving space in between. The batter will not completely cover the chili.
4. Bake until the cornbread is golden brown and springs back when touched, and the chili is hot and bubbly, about 17 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and serve with more sour cream.
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