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Easy Mexican Pie Recipe (Chili Pie Casserole!)

For a delicious home-cooked dinner that will warm you up from head to toe, look no further than this Mexican pie recipe.

It’s easy to make, hearty, and kid-approved! If you love taco casseroles, you need this in your life.

One of my favorite meals to make for taco night is delicious chili pie, or as it was called when I was growing up, Mexican pie.

mexican chili pie on a plate

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However you say it, this is the delicious dinner you want on a cold night. It makes the perfect comfort food.

I first had chili pie as a child when one of our church members would bring it to potluck dinners. I loved it so much that when I moved into my own place I asked for the recipe.

This classic recipe has become a family favorite and so easy to make.

Easy Mexican Pie Ingredients

This is a great as a make-ahead meal, quick and easy recipe for a weeknight or perfect for game day. You just need a large skillet to brown ground beef and a 9×13 pan for baking.

Ingredients you will need:

  • Ground beef
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Onion
  • Corn bread mix (I use Jiffy)
  • Chili beans or black beans (I have used both and prefer chili beans)
  • Chili-O seasoning (or taco seasoning mix)

Mexican chili pie is big enough to share so bring it to a church potluck dinner or to a family with a new baby.

For my fellow Mexican food lovers, this is a great recipe for when you want to switch it up on taco Tuesday!

How to make Mexican Pie

Start by heating a burner to medium-high heat and add ground beef and onions.

beef and onion

Do you love that smell as much as I do? It means good things are in store!

While your meat is cooking, heat oven and prepare your corn bread.

I love one-pan meals and this one is especially easy because you can mix up the corn bread right in the pan you bake in. Combine the corn bread mixture with the egg and milk in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.

Add the seasoning and beans to your beef and combine.

Then, pour the beef and bean mixture over the uncooked cornbread, top with cheese and bake!

The Best Chili Pie baked

The combination of cornbread, the beef mixture, and chili seasoning cooking is enough to make your mouth water. 

Prep Your Chili Pie Toppings

While the pie is in the oven, chop up whatever toppings you like.

We think of this meal as baked chili so really, whatever you like on chili or your favorite taco toppings work great!

toppings in bowls

I love adding fresh ingredients to mine. They really boost the flavor!

Optional toppings:

  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Green chiles
  • Cilantro
  • Black olives
  • Sriracha (or your favorite hot sauces)

This Mexican casserole is one of those easy dinners that tastes just as good reheated. In fact, sometimes I like it even more the second day. 

chili pie zoom in

Simply cover the pan with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Or you can check out my post on the best food storage containers for meal planning and use it to prep your lunches.

Mexican recipes are a great way to plan ahead. They keep so well and make great lunches all week.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! And for next time, try this burrito casserole made with Bisquick and refried beans or our easy crescent roll beef empanadas.

mexican pie recipe

Mexican Chili Pie Recipe

Andrea Updyke
This chili pie is comfort food at it's finest. Full of cheese, meat, beans and delicious corn bread, it's perfect for fall and kid-approved!
4.67 from 12 votes

Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Additional Time 5 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 481 kcal


  • 1 Box Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 C Milk
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 Cans Chili Beans drained not rinsed
  • 1 pkg Chili-O Seasoning Mix or similar
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Optional toppings:
  • Sour Cream
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Onions
  • Avocados
  • Black olives


  • 1. In the bottom of a 9x12 pan, stir together corn bread mix, egg and milk and set aside.
  • 2. Brown the meat and onion
  • 3. Stir beans and seasoning mix into cooked meat
  • 4. Pour mixture over uncooked cornbread mix
  • 5. Top with cheese
  • 6. Bake for 30 minutes on 350 degrees
  • 7. Garnish with your favorite toppings (sour cream, avocados, green onions, tomatoes).


This meal is great for make-ahead meals and leftovers!


Serving: 1gCalories: 481kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 28.1gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 1198mgFiber: 7.7gSugar: 7.7g

Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.

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*Post updated from 2019

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Monday 20th of March 2023

Yum!!! I made this earlier today and then just warmed it for dinner. So quick and easy to put together. Hardy and flavorful meal. Thank you! 😋


Monday 9th of September 2019

One of my family's favorite easy weeknight meals - it's delicious and easy.

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