Cowboys Pie – Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread on Top, Chili on Bottom

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 544
Protein 43g
Fat 25g
Carbs 41g
Total Time 50 minutes


Cowboy Pie Recipe


Cowboys Pie - Chili and Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
Ingredients for 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb 95% lean ground bison (or beef, veggies, turkey, chicken)
  • 6oz tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (OPTIONAL)
  • pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 2 cups no salt added chicken broth


  • Dry
    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 1 cup corn meal
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, OPTIONAL
    • pinch of sea salt
  • Wet
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 2/3 cup almond milk (or choice of milk)
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced (OR green bell pepper diced)
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar
  1. Set oven to 350F.
  2. Set a 10-inch deep skillet on medium high heat.  Once hot, add oil, onion, garlic and bell peppers.  Cook for 2 – 4 minutes or until onions turn brown and translucent.
  3. Add the ground meat and chop it up in the skillet as it cooks.  Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, the meat may not completely cook but that’s ok.
  4. Increase the heat to HIGH, then add tomato paste and the seasonings.  Cook for 1 – 2 minutes to “bloom” the spices – it should be like a thick meaty paste and very fragrant.
  5. Reduce the heat to low-medium and pour in the broth – if needed, use it to deglaze the bottom of the skillet and scrap it with a wooden spatula.  Reduce the heat to a simmer, then cover and cook for 15 minutes while you prepare the cornbread batter.
  6. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold everything together.  Then fold in the corn, jalapeño and cheddar.
  7. Take the chili off the heat and let it rest for a minute so it is settled.  NOTE: make sure the chili is not “watery” or too thin.  Then gently add the cornbread batter on top of the chili.
  8. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes, or until you can pierce the cornbread with a toothpick and it come out clean.
  9. Let it cool down for 10 – 15 minutes before slicing open and enjoying!
    Cowboys Pie - Chili and Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
    Cowboys Pie - Chili and Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
    Cowboys Pie - Chili and Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

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