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Halloween Chili and Cornbread

Happy Halloween Cauldron Chili

I am excited to be participating in this chili blog hop with all these great bloggers. Americans are known for their chili, I cannot wait to try some of these recipes.  Chili is such a versatile dish,  winter in a steamy bowl like this recipe or in summer on salad.  This Halloween cauldron chili is my addition to the hop,  all the other chili recipe are linked below my post.


Halloween Dinner, Halloween dinner ideas, Chili recipes

Chili is so quick, goes into a slow cooker and can be ready really quickly when families are busy getting ready for trick and treating.

Halloween Dinner, Halloween dinner ideas, Chili recipes


Every year on Halloween night I make some sort of casserole and give it a disgusting name.   For Halloween this cornbread topped chili could become Ground Worm Stew,  Cat Brain Mash, or Killer Leftover Pie.

When the boys were all home it was fun to do, as they had to eat before they went out for treats. The kids laughed but were never really sure what was actually in their dinner.  I loved doing this.

 So now that my story telling is out of the way.  We’d love to have you for dinner.

Hub’s Chili Recipe

1 1/2 pounds lean hamburger
2 cans brown beans
2 cans kidney beans
2 cans mushrooms

1 large can tomatoes
6 green onions
1 green pepper
2 tbsp chili pepper flakes

In a large pan brown  the hamburger.

Place the cooked hamburger and all the remaining ingredients into a slow cooker. Cook on low heat for at least five hours.

Halloween Dinner, Halloween dinner ideas, Chili recipes


Once the chili is cooked place in a baking dish.

Cornbread Topping

Make the cornbread  (I use the recipe from Purity Cornmeal)

You will need:

3/4 cup cornmeal

1 1/4 cup milk

1 cup flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

1/4 cup oil

Measure out cornmeal into bowl, top with milk, stir and set aside to soften.

In second bowl add all your dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Make a well in the center.

Add the egg and oil to the cornmeal mixture, mix thoroughly.  Once mixed  pour it into the dry ingredients and mix until blended.

Pour on top of the chili and bake at 375 F, for 20-30 minutes until top is cold brown.  It makes a nice crust and the bread soaks up the chili juices.

Serve it in an old beat up pot, add Halloween decor that’s fast and easy.    I added dollar store rats, (these ones are over ten years old) plastic spiders (not in my house), or a big plastic hatchet stuck in the cornbread would be fun.

Halloween Dinner, Halloween dinner ideas, Chili recipes


  1. What a fun way to get the kids to eat before Trick or Treating. Your chili looks amazing. Love the cornbread topping. The mushrooms sound like an interesting addition. I can’t wait to try this!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Melissa: I am surprised at how many comments I have received about mushrooms. I thought everybody had them in their chili. Baking the cornbread on top is something I really like doing especially if the chili is a bit too thin.

      Thanks for commenting. Leanna

  2. I used to make chili in the crock pot every Halloween too when my kids were trick-or-treaters but I never thought to give it fun creepy names! Such a great idea and so is this chili blog hop. Yummy!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Marie: I was terror of a mother…. Other kids would say ” Your Mom is so cool.” Mine always responded “Want her?” lol

      Brats to this day. Thanks again for commenting.

  3. Your chilie recipe looks totally wonderful and your imagination has no bounds. I’m so happy to have shared this little chili hop with you… Delightful! Susie from Chelsea Project

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      My other half is home tomorrow. I am going to make the first recipe from the round up. They all look really good. This was alot of fun to put together.

  4. I’ve never put mushrooms in my chili but I would if hubby didn’t hate them. And I’ve never topped it with cornbread but he loves cornbread so I’ll have to give that a try when I make yours for our chili cook off 🙂 It looks delicious!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks Toni: The cook off has so many delicious recipes to try it makes it easy to figure out whats on the menu. I like pouring the cornbread on top. I think it makes it easier to eat. Thank you for commenting.

  5. Your kids must have loved the creative names you came up with. This recipe looks delicious! I’ve never added mushrooms to chili, but I love mushrooms! Can’t wait to try it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Rachael: I was a really young Mom of all boys. Of course they loved all things gross. We had lots of fun at halloween, I thought it was a good idea to share the party idea as well as the recipe. Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  6. Chilli is a bit of a favourite here is Australia as well!! I haven’t tried it with Corn Bread so am really looking forward to trying your recipe. Love all of your Halloween touches to!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Sam: Chili is tasty and simple to make. I love the stuff. I am going to enjoy eating all these different varieties. Thanks for commenting. Leanna

  7. This chili post is the most creative. I love the little black rat peeking over to see what is looking yummy in that bowl.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Pam: With boys loving anything disgusting its a pretty easy way to make them laugh. There are alot of really great recipes in the link up. I love all the really spicy ones. Thanks for commenting.

  8. This is really fun and very different from anything I’ve tried before. I can’t wait to make this!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Melony: The cornbread on top makes it like an interesting shepherds pie. It goes together really fast which is always my favorite part. Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  9. The rats are the perfect touch!! I have never tried putting cornbread in my chili! Can’t wait to try this!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Susanne: I can Halloween something up with rats or snakes, but never ever spiders. Pouring the cornbread on the chili makes the dish quite a bit different almost like a shepherds pie instead of a stew. I really hope you like it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Denise: I try to keep my blog for the reader and tone down my story telling. Sometimes giving a party hint from the “good ole days” just has to be included for fun. Thanks for commenting and Happy Halloween. Leanna

  10. I love mushrooms and have never had them in chili. I will be trying this recipe soon.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Debra: I love mushrooms as well, I also make a low carb version of this by adding lots of mushrooms and celery. Then I skip the adding the beans.

      Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  11. Leana – your house is so fun at Halloween! I absolutely want to come for dinner!! Love the rats – they are a perfect touch. Totally pin-ing! Also, I love the new photo == gorgeous!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Kristine: I was a very young mother so I played alot with my young sons. Especially with little boys anything gross is super fun at Halloween. I have kept those playful traditions out of habit I guess. Thank you for the comment on my picture, my best friend had been telling me to change it. I appreciate you noticing the new profile pic. Thanks Leanna

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