Cornbread and chili go together like peanut butter and chocolate, sweet potato fries and spicy ketchup, and… John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. (I had to… 😉 sorry.) The spongey sweetness of the cornbread paired with the spicy zestiness of the chili is a true celebration of flavors and all things holy.
Plus there’s something so ‘Merican about it that just reminds me of my childhood. And nostalgia? A huge player when it comes to cravings and culinary satisfaction.
Anyway, all you hearty-food fans will love this recipe because it’s thick and dense and, dare I say, “meaty.” Which, by the way, makes it the perfect dish to serve to any of your non-veggie or self-professed “carnivore for life” friends and family members. Seriously… serve them this chili — don’t tell them about the sin carne part — and wait and see what happens.
I’ll bet that after their third bowl they’ll ask you for the recipe. And you’ll have a sly look on your face as you tell them, “It’s all plants.”
And we all like moments of slyness.
So, though this recipe IS easy, it does take a little time due to all the chopping and "stewing." But fear not! Not only is it worth it, but you can listen to a Tony Robbins YouTube video while you're chopping. In which case, everyone wins... your tummy AND your mind. :)
Serves 3 or 4
*It’s always a good idea to cook once, and eat twice… (fewer dishes, less labor — we like that.) So make a big batch if you feel so behooved! Have chili for a few days… it just keeps gettin’ better.
This entirely plant-based cornbread may become your new favorite thing.... it's great for breakfast, too. Highly multi-functional.
Makes 8-10 servings
*If you want to go all out on this spicy theme, throw some slices of jalapeño peppers on top of the cornbread. It’ll look gourmet, and you’ll forever be seen as a kitchen rebel and all the better for it.
Hope you garner as many fans as I have with this chili. Let me know in the comments below how it works out for you…. remember some like it hot. ; )
P.S. Oh! And we just announced a cookie-baking event, Nov. 29th at My Kitch’n, so if you’re in Paris… it’ll be the place to be for holiday prep and cookie-filled conviviality. (View the invite.) Hope to see you there!
Plus, we’ve partnered with Ubuntu France for an event on Nov. 27th regarding global warming and how we can make a difference by our actions, and above all, by our culinary choices. (View invite.) Come one, come all, and share in this meeting of delicious food and food for thought.