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The beauty of cornbread is that is a blank canvas that allows you to play with flavors and textures. I love a good basic cornbread casserole, so making a Cheesy Chile Cornbread Casserole seemed like a winner!
Cheesy Chile Cornbread Casserole pairs the sweetness of cornbread with the subtle heat of hatch chiles and chile powder for an incredible side dish.
A few months back I received a shipment… a glorious gift really. A large box filled to the brim with brightly colored and fragrant Hatch chiles straight from New Mexico from my friends at Chile Monster.
Hubby and I spent an entire day roasting, peeling, portioning and freezing my booty to use throughout the year. Chile Monster just sent me another gift: fresh red chile powder!
I now know what I am getting everyone for Christmas gifts: chile powder! Kidding aside, they have wonderful assorted of gifts for the foodie in your life.
I needed to find a recipe to use both flavorful ingredients and landed on a holiday favorite, Cheesy Chile Cornbread Casserole. Cornbread Casserole is slightly different from traditional cornbread.
Instead of being “bready” and having an easily cut-able, bar consistency, a cornbread casserole is more like stuffing or corn pudding. It is moist and served with a spoon.
You can choose to give it a loving layer of cheese or serve it browned, I’ve pictured both options for you throughout the post. Either way, the “meat” will have a confetti of chiles and corn.
It can be served with or without a cheese topping and also blended with chicken or even ground beef to serve as an entree. If you don’t have any chiles in your freezer, you can use canned, diced chiles.
Dial back on the chile powder for a less spicy variation.
Try some of my other recipes featuring hatch chiles:
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Cheesy Chile Cornbread Casserole
- Preheat oven to 350F degree and lightly coat an 8×11 casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Blend together cornbread muffin mix through shredded cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Stir until just combined.
- Pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake for 55 minutes, or until top turns a light brown. If you want a cheesy topping, add and return until cheese is just melted.
- Remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know!