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Happy October!

Think that Halloween is the only celebration that occurs in October? Well think again! In terms of food holidays, October is National Cookie Month — to celebrate, we will be featuring a new cookie recipe every day —National Caramel Month, and National Chili Month.

Besides pumpkin festivals October is home to oyster festivals, chowder fests, apple harvests, and even a Brussel sprouts festival. If you know of a fabulous food festival in your neighborhood please share the details with us below!

If you're all about Halloween, stay tuned we've got tons of tricks and treats up our sleeves. Until then, here is my favorite chili recipe. It takes awhile to make, but it's worth the time and effort. Get the recipe now,

Chili with Cornbread Topping
Modified from Emeril Lagasse and Nigella Lawson

For Chili:
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups chopped onions
12 slices chopped bacon
2 pounds stew meat, cut into cubes
1-tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
3 cups crushed tomatoes
1/4-cup tomato paste
9 cups beef stock
2 tablespoons masa flour (if you cant find masa flour substitute reagular flour)
4 tablespoons water
2 can dark red kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 bag tortilla chips
1 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
6 tablespoons sour cream
1 small jar jalapenos
For cornbread topping
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups cornmeal
1/4-cup all-purpose flour
6 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups buttermilk
4 eggs
2 teaspoons honey
1/4-cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated Cheddar

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the vegetable oil.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the bacon and onions and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the vegetables start to wilt. Season with salt and cayenne.
  3. Stir in the stew meat, chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, and oregano.
  4. Brown the meat for 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, and beef stock.
  6. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  7. Simmer the liquid; partially covered for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until the beef is tender. Skim off the fat occasionally.
  8. Mix the masa and water together. Slowly stir in the masa slurry, add the beans.
  9. Reseason with salt and cayenne.
  10. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  11. Pour the chili into a large, wide dish or keep in the pan you cooked it in if it is ovenproof.
  12. Combine the salt, cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, honey, and oil in a jug, and then stir into the dry ingredients mixing to make a vivid yellow batter.
  13. Pour the cornmeal topping over the chili, or blob it over to cover the top as evenly as possible.
  14. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the cornbread and then bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the cornbread topping is risen and golden and the chili underneath is bubbling.
  15. Let the chili stand for about 5 minutes once out of the oven before cutting the cornbread top into squares or slices to serve with a helping of chili underneath. Offer monterey jack, sour cream, tortilla chips, and jalapenos on the side to stir in if desired.

Serves 6-8.


Join The Conversation
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
It was okay, I would definitely make some changes. There was far too much corn bread for my liking.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I am making this right now... I will let everyone know how it turns out!
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
I can't wait for all the pumpkin recipes
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Fall is upon us!
mominator mominator 9 years
Oh Happy Fall! The cornbread topping looks so good!
skinnyforme skinnyforme 9 years
HAPPY OCTOBER EVERYONE!! The year went by sooo fast!
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
Yummy Chili!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
I love Halloween and the whole month of October! So happy fall is finally here :) And that recipe looks delish.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Happy October!
kothmia kothmia 9 years
mmMMmmmm chili... it is getting to be about that time of year again, isn't it? Couldn't tell by the weather up here in Indiana yet, but we're getting there!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
yay october!! :)
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