Chili “Cornbread” Casserole


I’m SO PUMPED for this recipe because it’s so damn good! Just a heads up before you even leave a question – no, I have not tried this with another paleo mix. And no, you cannot exchange this mix out for simply almond flour or coconut flour. Not how it works. I’ve only made this recipe the way it is written here. And the way I’ve written it is quite delicious so I recommend ordering that mix!!

There is LITERALLY (said in a Chris Traeger Parks & Rec voice) too much to talk about in this Bachelor recap. You know why? Because the Bachelor Winter Games kicked off last week along with a long ass episode of The Bachelor. LITERALLY 6 hours of Bachelor in one week. It’s too much. I may have to recap Winter Games on my podcast because it’s gooooood. So good. Why even watch the Bachelor anymore? Winter Games is so much better.

But let’s recap the boring part – Arie. That damn soggy potato. The episode starts off with the most rational thoughts ever spoken on the show…Jaqueline says that she can’t imagine taking Arie home to her parents after they’ve barely known each other. She’s obviously the most intelligent woman to have ever graced the show. And she uses really big words to prove it. I would tell you what the word was, but I don’t know how to spell it.

So the episode starts off with Arie and Becca going on a date where he tells producers that the romances has been lost with Becca, but then goes off to make out with her as much as possible. He says that he’s having a hard time figuring out if he’s going to give her the rose…then STOP MAKING OUT WITH HER and have a damn conversation, Arie. I’m having a hard time even watching this show at this point because I can’t stand watching Arie grab the girls hair and faces and push them up against a wall to make out. Find a new move, bro. They have a dinner date on what looks like some cheap soap opera set then the best part of the date is watching him walking slowly down a steep hill…he looks like he’s trying to pinch off a poop.

After Becca and Arie have their date, Jacqueline decides she has to end things with Arie. Since Jacqueline is getting her PhD, Arie thinks that it would be too hard to date her during her 6 years left of school. Remember, Lauren mentioned that Arie was looking for someone with a flexible schedule and I don’t think getting a PhD works for Arie’s needs in a woman. So she uses her brain and peaces out. Jacqueline has odd eyeliner choices, but she’s smart AF.

Now for the weirdest part of the show…Arie and Lauren’s date. They head out to get gelato, where Arie eats his gelato like it’s a turkey leg. It’s quite offensive. Then they have to play soccer with kids. My nightmare. I forget what else they did because I probably fell asleep at this point. Lauren is the same as Arie. She’s a soggy potato. Or at least she is with him. She just seems so bored. So they end up having their normal dinner where Lauren decides to tell Arie that she’s falling in love with him. At this point, the producers are up to something. They either cut the film in odd ways or told him to walk away. Because after Lauren spills her guts, Arie walks away and stands in some sort of woods by himself. I’m sure he just had the farts from gelato and needs to let one rip, but the producers spun it like he was questioning his feelings. But then he comes back and tells her that he’s falling for her too. Such boring love.

Now for Sienne’s date. They go truffle hunting. Nothing sexier than truffle hunting. But I thought truffle hunting used pigs, not dogs. That’s also coming from someone who knows nothing about truffles. So Sienne and Arie go out with some French dude and hang out with a huge French family who don’t speak English. They are split up on the date and Arie hangs out with the dudes while Sienne hangs out with the women. Who made this date up? It’s stupid. In the end, the truffle hunting wasn’t romantic enough for Arie and he decides to boot Sienne. She seems slightly upset, but not really. She’s mostly pissed because she didn’t see it coming. Because Arie is a potato. They should have her as the next Bachelorette. She has her sh*t together.

Last up, the group date with Kendall, Tia and BeKAH. Kendall is looking fuiiiiiine, so Arie decides to keep her and she gets to go back to the hotel. Now it’s between Tia and BeKAH. And we all know Tia is going to win because BeKAH is wearing elf shoes. Tia ends up throwing BeKAH under the bus and says that she’s not ready for a longterm relationship. And when Arie confronts her about it, BeKAH crushes it with fake crying. She has this insane cry face, but no tears come out. It’s great acting. If you look up Justin Long crying on New Girl, she looks just like him. Or Kim Kardashian crying. It’s painful to watch. But at the end of the day, Arie lets her go because she’s 22 and has some growing up to do. Meaning producers probably needed her to go because they knew she would never be the next Bachelorette. She ugly cries, but for real this time, in the car ride out. So much mascara all over her face. Could producers not hand her a tissue? Come on!

I’m still a week behind so I haven’t watched the home town dates yet, but it looks like it’s filled with dads telling Arie they will kill him. Real original, dads.

PaleOMG Chili "Cornbread" Casserole


PaleOMG Chili


  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the cornbread crust:

  • 2 cups Paleo Baking Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted ghee
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

For the toppings:

  • almond milk greek yogurt
  • lime juice, to taste
  • pinch of salt
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • green onions, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large baking dish (around 9×12 size)
  2. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add ghee and then sauté the onion and peppers until onions become translucent, about 5 minutes. Then add garlic cloves and ground beef. Break ground beef into small pieces and cook until browned.
  3. Once beef is browned, add spices, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and salt and pepper. Mix to combined, turn heat down to medium low to thicken.
  4. While the chili reduces, make the toppings. In a large bowl, use a spatula to combine baking flour, baking soda, salt, eggs, ghee, honey and almond milk until completely combined.
  5. Pour chili into greased baking dish, smooth out, then use a large spoon to scoop the “cornbread” topping evenly throughout the dish to cover the chili completely.
  6. Place in oven to bake for 40-45 minutes.
  7. Mix together greek yogurt, lime juice and salt. Top casserole with the greek yogurt, cilantro and green onions before serving!



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87 thoughts on “Chili “Cornbread” Casserole”

  1. I love that you called him a “soggy potato.” Haha, I can’t even.
    Also, this looks so yummy, can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    1. This casserole was delicious! I loved it. I did not have the Paleo baking flour so I substituted my own mixture of almond flour and coconut flour. It turned out great!

  2. Just started listening to your podcasts, so hilarious. Can’t wait to try this. How are the left overs with the cornbread? Does it get soggy?

    1. I’ve reheated it before in both microwave and oven. Obviously oven was better but microwave worked too. It oddly enough freezes great as well!

  3. Juli! Your videos are so awesome! The camera angles, editing, music, your smile, its all ON POINT! I can tell you put a lot of work into these and it shows through. So my question is, when will we get to see you on America’s Next Food Network Star!? You could totally have your own cooking show!

    I am now craving that paleo corn bread!

    1. i don’t think i would ever want to do a reality show like that. it looks so insanely stressful and miserable to compete against other people and made to look bad at times for the world. not my thing haha. i already get put on blast daily just on my blog (see comment below) so i’d rather stay away from the energy

  4. Why do you drone on and on? I will stop clicking these egotistical rantings, and find straight up recipes. And it’s not just you. Every friggin’ snowflake has a blog they just must share….ugh!!! BORING. Do something different. Pull ahead of the pack. Your not interesting or cute in any way, shape or form. Your a clone.
    You welcome.

      1. I love your blog, podcast, and Instagram. I think you’re damn funny AND cute and interesting! When I am looking for a straight-up recipe I just scroll past the other stuff until I find the actual recipe, it takes me about 2 seconds. I’ve never thought of it as a problem… Not really sure why someone would complain about free content and free recipes. People are rude, but I can’t wait to try this! Looks sooo good!

    1. I don’t really see why you felt the need to post your comment. If you want just the recipe then just take the recipe which Juli so kindly shares 100’s of on her blog for free. The only payment you make is taking the 3 seconds to scroll to the bottom of the post to skip the chit-chat. Constructive feedback is good, but I don’t feel your comment was constructive whatsoever. Constructive would be suggesting a way for her to “pull ahead of the pack” like something you’d like to see more of. Simply telling someone they are not interesting or cute is just rude.

    2. Jesus Christ! ???? Sorry you’re having a bad life and feel the need to put other people down. If you don’t want to read her commentary don’t read it. Easy peasy! Juli you’re awesome and I live for your bachelor recaps. I’m sitting in my car laughing hysterically as I read. Also I just ordered that paleo flour and I’m so excited to try this recipe!

    3. Did that make you feel better? Sounds like an egotistical rant about a “rant”. Not creative at all! Your= ownership, You’re= You are

    4. Juli, we love you! You’ve made such a difference in my life and helped make my Paleo transition easy! Clearly OhPlease got up on the wrong side of the bed!

    5. omg seriously? This is a BLOG. Not just a recipe site. and it literally takes two seconds to scroll past her post in case you just want the recipe. Just trying to help 😉

  5. This looks amazing! I’ve been waiting for this recipe, but I have to wait a little longer for more paleo baking flour to arrive.

  6. Soooo….I don’t watch the bachelor but your cliff notes made it all happen right in front of me. That’s was effing hilarious.
    Btw, I’ve been waiting for this recipe for WEEKS! Hallelujah

  7. Thanks for another yummy recipe Juli!! I’ve never commented, but I make so many of your recipes on a regular basis (both from your blog and cookbook), and appreciate the hard work you put into your blog. I’ve seen some of the nasty comments you’ve received over the years from jealous and insecure people, they are the reason I would never have a blog, you have MUCH thicker skin than me!! I’m going to Austin in May, and will be visiting all the restaurants you’ve recommended:) Thanks again for all you do to make eating healthy easier!!

  8. I think “OhPlease” should go back and get that GED they did not achieve. Clearly does not know the difference between your and you’re. Juli, you are a doll. I recommend you to all my friends and think the world of you! YOU’RE AMAZING! (< Look what I did there. Used my college degree)

    1. oh man, your and you’re bugs the crap out of me. AND lose and loose. people ALWAYS use loose when they email me about losing weight and it drives me crazy lol. thanks for the love and kind words Damaris!!

  9. Lauren from San Diego

    I’ve been following your blog for some time now—not a huge Bachelor fan but even though I don’t know what the heck you’re talking about, you are always hilarious! And your recipes have always been insanely delicious! This one is no exception. Made it last night with Bob Mills Paleo mix, using the same measurements and I can happily say that it worked out perfefectly!!

    Keep up the amazing work!

  10. Is it weird that I don’t watch the bachelor, but I live for your recaps. Every time I think about watching it, I get worried that it will ruin your recaps for me. Like, I love the book and I’m afraid the movie will ruin it…

    Also, this casserole is life changing. Thanks Juli!

  11. Arie “pinching off a poop”!!!! I don’t know the last time I laughed so hard. Don’t stop with the irreverent wit. The world needs more of this, not less. We are waaaay too pc about every little thing. You can’t possibly be a snowflake like you have been accused of (yes people, that would be an accusation, not an observation). You’re too smart, too funny and too self-aware. And your recipes kick ass too! Rock on!

  12. Hi Juli,

    I didn’t actually read the other posts so forgive me if you’ve answered this, but could you use the cornbread ingredients to actually make gluten-free cornbread or cornbread muffins?


  13. Oops, just saw the recipe for the cornbread muffins…sorry!! Lesson learned, never send comment until searching 🙂

    Thanks again,

  14. This is so SO good, Juli! I made my own baking flour (sorry girl, I’m ballin’ on a budget over here) and it turned out excellent still. Love your casserole recipes, I could eat them all day every day! 🙂

      1. Juli, any objections if I share what I did here? I’m happy to help but this is your space and original concept so it is up to you!

      2. Thanks Juli! You’re just the best 🙂

        All I did was whisk together with a fork: 1 cup almond flour, 2/3 cup tapioca flour/starch, and 1/3 cup coconut flour in the bowl before adding in the other ingredients listed under note 4. Once I was done making the “cornbread” batter it was so delicious I could have stopped right then and there and ate the whole bowl, raw dough and all. I didn’t though. I pushed right on through it. The only noticeable difference I saw here was that my casserole was done a little faster, probably 30 minutes as opposed to the 40-45 that the recipe suggests. I did use a larger pan, 9″ x 13″, so my dough layer was a little thinner. The shortened cooking time may have been due to the thinner layer of dough or the difference in the flour. Difficult to say. Hopefully you love this just as much as my boyfriend and I did! 🙂

      3. this dish is so so so good! i used the flour portions Victoria recommended, cause that’s what I had on hand, it worked perfectly! Thanks for sharing!!

      4. This recipe was bomb (as always!!) Do you have suggestions for how to thicken the chili? Mine was really watery even though I let it cook on medium low for awhile to cook down.

  15. OHMYGOSHTHISISSOGOOD!! Delicious!! That topping tastes exactly like cornbread, and the meat part is so tasty! Wow! Keep up the great recipe developing, cuz everything I’ve made of yours is yummy!

  16. I had to come on here to tell you this cornbread chili recipe was AMAZEBALLS!! And your video helped me so much! I hate cooking and I’m not very good at it but your video inspired me and I made it. It’s one of my top three favorite recipes of yours (Pizza casserole and turkey meatballs over mashed cauliflower). Thank you!

  17. Kristi Koltavary

    So do you have any suggestions as to where else I can find the flour? It’s been backordered 🙁

  18. Hi Julie,

    Ohmygosh. Made this tonight…so good! Well actually I made it Sunday, froze it and cooked it off this evening and it worked perfectly. Your recipes never fail but this is a new favorite in our home!

    Thank you!

  19. Question, going to make this but I looked up the flour and it’s a mixture if individual flours I already own. Was wondering if you knew amount of maybe each flour to use? (Almond, arrowroot, coconut, tapioca). If not just curious. Thank you for yet another yummy recipe!

  20. Hey Juli!! I love all your recipes and I’ve used your latest cookbook so much that I ordered it for my cousin to try :)!! It’s the best!

    I really wanna try this one but that flour mix is ridiiiiiculously expensive to ship to Canada. Is there any other options at all?? I know you said not to substitute but I’m not super keen on $50 flour 😉

  21. I recently entered this recipe in a casserole cook-off and won second place! So I guess you can say it’s an “award-winning” recipe now! Lol!

    But I do want to say this casserole is amazing and I have made it with the proper flour and just with almond flour alone and both times it was great. The texture is just a bit off with the almond flour alone, too crumbly, but it still tastes delicious!

  22. I messed up on the “cornbread part.” I used 2 cups of tapioca flour, and could not get it to thicken. I added more arrowroot starch and that helped thicken it, but then you end up with a more flour taste than “cornbread.” It also took less time to cook (about 30 minutes). That being said, it still turned out tasty! Can’t wait to try this again and work on the flour consistency and keeping an eye on the time. I’m thinking to try Victoria’s suggestion – 1 cup almond flour, 2/3 cup tapioca flour/starch, and 1/3 cup coconut flour. Wanted to share my mistake and thank you for the recipe!

  23. This is absolutely amazing. Delicious. We are fighting over it after each having 3 massive meals each. I did use the Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour. I found it at Whole Foods and it had the same ingredients in the same order as the one you recommended.

  24. Made this tonight for dinner. Thought I had paleo flour, but realized I didn’t in the midst of making the recipe. Yikes! Used the suggested measurements in the comments and worked out perfectly! Loved the sweetness in the “cornbread”. Thank Juli!!!

    1. it’s really not too spicy, BUT i say that really loving spice. the only thing that will make this dish too spicy is the cayenne pepper so you can always cut that in half or even less!

  25. I know this is an old recipe but I just made it last night and OMG it’s freakin delicious! I came across this as I was transitioning from my Whole30 January and what a find. I’ve had many successes using your recipes but this might be my all time favorite. Sweet and savory with just enough kick.

  26. We have made this meal 3-4 times over the last 10 weeks that we have been eating paleo. I’m a Mississippi girl that grew up on cornbread with most meals, and I have continued eating it as an adult 1-2 times a month. Switching to paleo has been easier for me because of your page, for recipes like this one. You are truly gifted and a blessing to us, especially us newbies. All but 2 of my kids (out of 7) love this recipe, and I certainly consider that a win in my house.

  27. This is sooo good! First time I made this OMG! I love the sweet taste of the “cornbread” with the chili 🤩

  28. Made this tonight. Followed the directions. Had to use Bobs red mill paleo blend but this was so damn good. This one is going in the rotation. Thank you Juli

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