Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I have become a master of sourcing American ingredients in foreign countries. I have to admit, it feels like cheating a bit here since I speak the language and anything I can’t find in stores I can probably order from Amazon. Still, occasionally I have to go questing for certain ingredients. 

I’ve already changed the grocery store we get our deliveries from because the first one didn’t carry panko bread crumbs. I thought they had pumpkin, too, but it turns out they don’t carry it in our area. Luckily I just hopped on the subway and popped into the cutest little Mexican market, Lupe Pinto’s, and picked up a can and made cheesecake. They have all sorts of great Mexican and American ingredients in there, so if you’re a Yankee in Glasgow, be sure you check it out.

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I was all prepared to go on a long quest for the cornmeal for this recipe. See, I’m a Jif corn muffin mix lover myself, but I knew there was no way I was getting that here, and I didn’t want to wait until our next grocery order came in. Luckily, I only had to walk about a half mile down our street to obtain it. If you’re making this recipe, you can totally save yourself time by using a corn muffin/bread mix, but I’ll tell you how I made mine just in case.

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac is so comforting and so easy. It’s full of flavors I love, not to mention great textures. The squishy pasta, the stringy cheese, the grittiness from the cornbread… It makes me so happy. I like to take it out of the oven when the top is just starting to turn golden so that the corn batter is still a little under done on the bottom. It gives it sort of a polenta effect which I enjoy. If you want yours 100% cornbready, just cook it about five minutes longer.

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love it when things are easy and convenient, but every once in a while, we need a challenge. A quest that makes the prize worthwhile. Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac is totally worth it!

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac
Serves 4
Chili, cheese, and macaroni get topped with a layer of golden cornbread for this ultra-comforting Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups uncooked macaroni
  2. 2 cans or 3 cups of your favorite chili
  3. 1 cup shredded cheddar or pepperjack cheese
  4. 1 batch of your favorite corn muffin mix OR
Cornbread Topping
  1. 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornmeal
  3. 3 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1/3 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 and spray a 2 quart casserole or other baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Put a pot of water on to boil and cook your macaroni a minute or two shy of the package directions. Drain.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, you can prepare your cornbread mix. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and vegetable oil in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add in the egg and milk, and stir until everything comes together and there are no lumps. Set aside.
  4. When your pasta is cooked, add it to the bottom of the casserole dish. Spoon and spread your chili over this to cover it all, then sprinkle on the cheese. Finally, carefully spread the cornbread mixture over the top. It will be pretty sticky, so don't worry if it doesn't go exactly to the edge or you have a few small holes.
  5. Bake your chili mac in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
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Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon Black Bean Chili

Bacon Black Bean Chili from Awesome on 20

My husband and I met first in real life, but we truly fell in love over the internet. When he moved back to Taiwan from England, we had spent hours and hours talking, but not a ton of actual time alone together. We still had a lot to get to know about each other. 

You better believe I had been hyping up my cooking skills during those endless Facebook chats, so I felt a bit of pressure to perform in the kitchen once we finally lived in a place where I could cook. This bacon black bean chili was one of the recipes I discovered during that time, and it became a regular in our Taiwan kitchen. Probably because black beans were something we knew we could always find in our local grocery store, but also because it’s insanely delicious.

Bacon Black Bean Chili from Awesome on 20

This Bacon Black Bean Chili is a little bit spicy and a little bit smoky. It’s on the borderline of being a soup, but it’s very hearty. You could probably even add some ground beef or turkey if you really wanted to max it out, but I like it the way it is. Bacon, beans, onions, tomatoes, chilis, seasonings, and love. Topping it off with cheese and sour cream never hurt anything.

Using canned beans makes this recipe come together really quickly, so it’s perfectly reasonable for a week night. It’s also easy to double if you want to feed a crowd. I much prefer a meal that can be made all in one pot.

Bacon Black Bean Chili from Awesome on 20

Bacon Black Bean Chili has been a staple of my marriage. Perhaps this one pot wonder will help you fall in love a little bit more. Maybe with bacon. Maybe with a human. I’m not picky.

 

Bacon Black Bean Chili
Serves 4
Bacon Black Bean Chili is smoky and spicy, and perfect for sharing with someone you love.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 slices bacon
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  5. 3/4 cup petite diced tomatoes with green chiles
  6. 1 tablespoon ketchup
  7. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  10. 2 cans black beans, drain, not rinsed
  11. Salt and pepper
  12. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  13. Scallions for topping
  14. Shredded cheddar cheese for topping
  15. Sour cream for topping
  16. Tortilla chips for dipping
Instructions
  1. Place a large pot over medium high heat, and cut your bacon into small pieces with scissors right over the pot. Let the bacon cook until it just starts to get crispy around the edges.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, chop your onion and garlic. Add the onion to the pot and give it a stir. Cook for about five minutes or until the onions start to soften. Add the garlic and stir. Cook for about a minute or until you start to smell the garlic.
  3. You'll probably have some lovely brown bits on the bottom of your pan by now. Add about half of your chicken brown, and scrape the bottom of the pan with your spoon to get all that flavor into your chili. Add the rest of the broth, the tomatoes and chiles, ketchup, Worcestershire, chili powder, and cumin, and stir it all together. Finally, stir in your beans.
  4. Adjust the heat so that you have a lively simmer, and allow everything to cook together for about 10 minutes. Come back and taste for seasoning, then add salt and pepper as you like. Turn the heat off, and give it a squeeze of lime juice.
  5. Scoop your chili into a bowl, top it with your favorite toppings, put some chips on the side for dipping, and eat with someone you love.
Adapted from Dave Lieberman
Adapted from Dave Lieberman
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Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

Hawaii has a lot of really amazing things. Gorgeous beaches, lush mountains, fantastic weather. I can serve my Thanksgiving dinner outside, and go to the beach on Christmas Day if I want to. There are beautiful flowers and brightly colored birds all over the place.You can see a rainbow almost ever day, which is basically magic. Living in Hawaii is extremely awesome.

But there’s not a single Sonic anywhere on my island. No slushies, no cheeseburgers, no vanilla root beer, and definitely no Frito Chili Cheese Wraps that I can eat in my car on the way to play practice.

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

Okay, so I don’t drive a car anymore, and I’m apparently too old to go to play practice these days, but there’s no excuse for why it took me to so long to just make my own Frito Chili Cheese Wrap. I mean, it’s not even really cooking. It’s just assembly. Fritos, your favorite chili (from a can is rad), and some cheese. Wrap it all up in a big, soft flour tortilla. Done.  And when you make your own at home, you can add sour cream for extra awesomeness. Why have I been missing this for five years?

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

It’s good to get out and explore the world, but sometimes a favorite thing from home is exactly what you need. Now if I can just get some crushed ice, vanilla syrup, and a lot of root beer, I’ll be all set. Who needs Sonic? Make your own Frito Chili Cheese wrap at home. Genius!

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap
Serves 1
A Sonic favorite made at home with crunchy Fritos, spicy chili, cheese and sour cream.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 burrito size flour tortilla
  2. 1/2 cup of Fritos
  3. 1/2 cup of your favorite chili
  4. 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  5. 2 tablespoons sour cream
Instructions
  1. Heat up your chili in a pan or in the microwave. Lay a tortilla out on a plate. Pile your Fritos in a line down the center, leaving a bit of space at each end for folding. Spoon the chili over the Fritos, then add the cheese and the sour cream on top of all of that.
  2. Fold the top and bottom edges of the tortilla in, then fold over the side of the tortilla nearest you. Roll the closed side over the complete the wrap. Dig in to the wrap and the memories.
Notes
  1. Seriously, don't measure. Just throw stuff on a tortilla. But be careful not to overfill it, or you won't be able to close up your wrap.
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