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One pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust

Perfect midweek dinner recipe, hearty one pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust. 

   One pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust

Feels like real winter here. I know we’ve been lucky to have a very mild one till now, but secretly I was hoping for more warm days. Part of me is still on a Miami beach, basting in the sun. But, reality kicks in when I am stepping outside.

This weather is just perfect for rich, strongly flavored dishes! Comfort food to its best.

Just have a look to this hearty one pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust!

One pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust

I had this recipe on my “have to try this” list for ages. I had chili con carne many times before but usually served with rice or tortilla. You know, the traditional Mexican way. Polenta cobbler crust takes this recipe to a totally new level of deliciousness 🙂 If you love polenta, this recipe is not be be missed or postponed. You will absolutely love it!

I love recipes that start on the top stove and get finished in the oven 🙂 If you are choosing to cook chicken, meatballs or beef, this cooking process enhances more the flavors.

This recipe for chili con carne is a delicious blend of beef mince, tomatoes, beans, chili, paprika, cumin and dried oregano. The depth and the flavor of all these ingredients define this one pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust recipe as insanely good 🙂

For polenta cobbler crust, I have used instant polenta, as it cooks in just minutes compared to regular corn grits.

One pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust

It doesn’t take too long (less than 1 hour and 30 minutes cooking and baking time) to get it ready and have it on your midweek dinner table. If you have more time up your sleeve, the better it will get. Cooking it on the top stove for up to two hours will enhance more the flavors. Also, chili con carne always tastes better reheated the following day…just saying’

Bon Apetit!

One pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust

Yield: 4 servings

One pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust

One pot chili con carne with polenta cobbler crust

One Pot Chili con Carne, a delicious blend of beef mince, tomatoes, beans, chili and seasonings, topped with with polenta cobbler crust

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


Chili con Carne Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 Jalapeño chili, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 lb./ 500g beef mince
  • 1 tablespoon sundried tomato paste
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 500 ml beef stock, warm
  • 1 tin pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Polenta cobbler crust Ingredients

  • 100g instant polenta
  • 200g all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 100g grated Parmesan
  • 1 medium egg
  • 200 ml milk


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet, add chopped onion and garlic and saute over a low-medium heat, stirring, for 5 minutes, until the onion has softened. Add dried spices and fresh diced chili. Cook, stirring, for a couple more minutes. Add the beef mince, season with salt and pepper, turn up the heat, then saute for 5 minutes to brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
  2. Stir in the sundried tomato paste, then pour over the chopped tomatoes and beef stock. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and stir through the pinto beans and fresh coriander. Season to taste.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400F/ 200C.
  4. Make polenta cobbler topping by mixing the polenta, flour, baking powder, salt and cheese in a bowl. Add the egg with the milk, then stir through the dry ingredients until combined. Dollop spoonfuls onto the chili, around the edge of the skillet/ dutch oven/ casserole.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes just until the cobbler becomes golden. Remove from the oven and serve warm.


This recipe was slightly adapted from Delicious UK magazine, November 2011 issue

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Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy

Tuesday 16th of February 2016

great comfort food! My husband would love this recipe!


Tuesday 26th of January 2016

YUM! I love the sound of this polenta cobbler crust - I can imagine it would take the dish to a whole new level! Perfect


Tuesday 26th of January 2016

You had me at polenta cobbler crust. I need this in my life !

Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

Monday 25th of January 2016

You won my heart and tummy with the polenta top!! I love polenta. Your recipe sounds and looks delicious -- looking forward to making it.

Sharee @ Savory Spicerack

Sunday 24th of January 2016

I have to try this chili with the polenta crust! I think that crust will take it over the top! Pinned!

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