Appalachian Food

Corn Pone Pie

corn pone pie in cast iron skillet

To make corn pone pie you’ll need

  • 1 pound ground beef, venison, pork, or turkey
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • About 2 cups of tomatoes diced or stewed
  • 1 can of your choice of beans (I like pintos and kidney beans)
  • 1/2 recipe of your favorite cornbread batter

Brown meat and onion in pan. Add seasoning and tomatoes; simmer for about five minutes or so. Stir in beans. Top with cornbread batter and bake in 450 oven for 20 minutes.

This is such a simple recipe that it can be changed to fit what you have on hand or what you and your family prefer. Chatter says its sort of like making chili and cornbread all at the same time 🙂

If you have a version of corn pone pie please share it with me.

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  • Reply
    March 28, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    I’m gonna try Larry’s Texas Tamale pie! Think I’ll add a mite of hot Hungarian paprika.

    Thanks, Tipper!

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    March 28, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    This sounds so good!! I like all the ingredients. I’ll see if I can make it for supper!
    Thank you fer a sharin these with us.

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    Lonnie Baker
    March 28, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    In Texas we call it tamale pie. First, make a quick chili of beef, black beans, corn, green pepper and onion seasoned with chile power and cumin. Spread that in a baking dish, top with a simple cornbread batter and pop it into the oven. In about a half hour: tamale pie. Serve with hot sauce, a dollop of sour cream and a few slices of avocado.

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    March 28, 2022 at 11:04 am

    I’ve never heard of Cone Pone Pie. I think I’ll have to make it since we like all the ingredients in it. Thank you for sharing your good home cook recipes with us!

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    Angelyn McLain
    March 28, 2022 at 9:58 am

    I haven’t had this in a while. It is so good. Thanks for reminding us!

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    Glenda G. Page
    March 28, 2022 at 9:38 am

    There is nothing in the dish that does not sound good…can’t wait to give it a try…Thanks for all you do to teach your roots and Appalachia. God Bless

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    Ron Stephens
    March 28, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Maybe it could be called chili-cornbread? I think maybe there would need to be some degree of art in the proportion of bread to other to be tailor to tastes such as keeping it from being too dry and also to get the desired amount of crust. I would want to add diced jalapenos, poblanos and probably whole kernel corn in the cornbread part. If my wife weren’t looking I might well dash in some ground red pepper somewhere.

    Seems this idea would work well with other non-chili ingredients to like maybe vegetable soup?

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    March 28, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Well this recipe is a new one on me. What I know to be “corn pone” is little more than a loaf of cornbread so corn pone pie is definitely something I’ve never heard of before. Guess what’s for supper! LOL Thank you!

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      March 29, 2022 at 8:49 am

      Tipper, I made a picture to show you but the site won’t let me attach it. I’d never heard of Corn Pone Pie but it sounded good and I did make it for dinner last night. It was a hit! DELICIOUS!!! I added some peppers to it to spice it up just a tad. I love cornbread just about any sort of way and this one is a keeper. I agree with Chatter; it does taste a lot like chili with cornbread. Thank you!

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        March 29, 2022 at 8:55 am

        Randy-I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    March 28, 2022 at 7:37 am

    I’ve never eaten Corn Pone Pie, but I have to say it looks and sounds wonderful and would certainly lend itself to a little tweaking!

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    March 28, 2022 at 7:26 am

    I love simple recipes and this one sounds really good, I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Margie G
    March 28, 2022 at 7:16 am

    If Mrs. Chatter serves up hearty, filling, hot and tasty fare, her new husband is bound to get his taste “buds tweaked” (as Mr. Darling on Andy Griffith might just say!)I never knew what corn pone pie was until today. I figured it was like corn meal mush or something. I do have seeds coming up but I’m not going to count my chickens just yet… lol. Another cold one up here in WV this morning, but hey it’s spring and I want summer NOW… lol y’all have a good day and remember to pray!!!

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 28, 2022 at 6:52 am

    I love this recipe, I actually make my regular chili recipe snd top with corn bread. Yummy

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    donna sue
    March 28, 2022 at 4:03 am

    This looks very, very good! I will definitely be trying it. I bet it freezes well in individual servings, too. Thank you for this recipe!

    Donna. : )

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