Chili-Cheese Cornbread Poke Cake Recipe

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Irma Little Modified: March 22, 2022
Chili-Cheese Cornbread Poke Cake Recipe

How To Make Chili-Cheese Cornbread Poke Cake

You can never go wrong with our cornbread poke cake made with cornmeal, ground beef, cheese, and more that offers an irresistible chili and cheesy taste!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 48 minutes
Total: 58 minutes



  • 3cupsmilk
  • 3large eggs
  • 2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 3cupsyellow cornmeal
  • 3tspsalt
  • 3tspbaking powder
  • 1tspbaking soda
  • 10tbspunsalted butter,melted
  • nonstick cooking spray,for greasing
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 1large yellow onion,diced
  • 2lbground beef
  • 1tbspsalt
  • 2tspblack pepper
  • 2tsppaprika
  • 2tspgarlic powder
  • 2tspchili powder
  • 2tspcumin
  • 28oztomato,(1can) crushed
  • 1cupMexican cheese blend,shredded
  • sour cream,for serving
  • scallion,thinly sliced, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a liquid measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk until well-combined.

  3. In a large bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk to combine.

  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour in the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth.

  5. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.

  6. Grease a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.

  7. Pour the cornbread batter into the pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.

  8. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

  9. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until softened, stirring frequently.

  10. Add the ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon into small pieces.

  11. Add the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the ground beef is cooked through.

  12. Add the crushed tomatoes and stir. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  13. Using the bottom of a utensil with a handle that is about 1-inch in diameter, poke multiple holes in the cornbread.

  14. Pour the chili over the cornbread and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle the cheese over the chili.

  15. Bake for 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

  16. Slice and serve with sour cream, scallions, and cilantro.

  17. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 676.07kcal
  • Fat: 38.53g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.17g
  • Trans Fat: 1.41g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.13g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.02g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.44g
  • Fiber: 3.60g
  • Sugar: 6.22g
  • Protein: 25.20g
  • Cholesterol: 142.94mg
  • Sodium: 746.43mg
  • Calcium: 273.52mg
  • Potassium: 602.65mg
  • Iron: 5.22mg
  • Vitamin A: 209.52µg
  • Vitamin C: 10.03mg
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