Meal in a Mason Jar: Chili with Cornbread

Who doesn’t love fall weather? The leaves change, the air goes cool, and most importantly, it is the time of year that signals a plethora of reasons for family to get together.  Thus the need for even more inventive recipes to entertain and nourish your burgeoning broad! Take a cue from us, this warm, rich and tantalizing meal is easy to make, fabulous on your taste buds and even served spritely in a jar; neatly compact for a dynamic take on a family favorite. Leftovers welcome.

My sister passed this down to me one Christmas holiday. She is an amazing cook and always likes trying new things. This is the first time I had seen anything like this. My friends ask me to make it all the time now.  Luckily enough, it is super simple to prepare, and once done, they think I have spent hours grueling in the kitchen! – Amy

A look into the process… 

Leftovers? Another idea to snack on… 

Ready to make it yourself? Here’s how…


Serves 8



Ground Turkey or Beef

1 Green Pepper

1 Red Pepper

1 Yellow Pepper

½ Sweet Onion

One can Black Beans

One can Kidney Beans

One can White Beans

One can Corn

One can Diced Tomatoes

1 Tbs Olive Oil



1 Tbs Chili Powder (add more for extra spice)

2 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Onion

1 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Salt

Pepper to taste



Sour Cream

Bacon pieces

Chives or green onion




Use from any box of cornmeal



Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or large deep sauce pan. Brown meat with 1/2 an onion diced. When the meat starts to brown, add peppers. Cook for about 5 min until the onions and peppers are soft.

Add Chili mix, one can diced tomatoes, and some water (fill the empty can a quarter of the way full with water). Bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 10-15 min.



Place jars in a Pyrex dish filled half way with water.

Fill the jars half way with chilli and 1/3 cup cornbread.

Bake at 350 until cornbread is golden brown and cooked through.

Add toppings such as chives, sour cream, bacon or any other fabulous topping that you prefer.

Mason Jars, available at

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