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Trick or Treat Chili & Creepy Cornbread

Updated on September 2, 2014
Halloween Chili Recipe
Halloween Chili Recipe | Source

Crock Pot Chili & Corn Bread make a wonderful Halloween Tradition

I have so many good memories of Halloween when I was a kid. One of my favorite memories is of coming inside from a chilly evening of trick-or-treating with my brother and my mom serving us "Trick or Treat Chili" and "Creepy Cornbread". It was the perfect Halloween dinner - it warmed us up and provided us with some good food to counteract the sugar overload.

The tradition of Trick or Treat Chili and Creepy Cornbread is one that I plan to share with my kids. With these recipes, you can start the tradition with your family! Included here we have a recipe for simply delicious crock pot chili as well as the secret to creepy cornbread. You won't believe how simple it is!

How do you like your chili?

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Spice It Up!

The best part about chili is that you can change it to suit your personal tastes. Add more chili powder or jalapenos to spice it up, leave out the beans, substitute turkey for beef,etc.

Do what's best for your family and you probably can't go wrong. I'd love to hear about variations!

5 stars from 1 rating of Trick or Treat Chili


  • 1 Ground Beef
  • 2 Onions, diced
  • 2 Green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 Red bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 Jalapenos, sliced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 2 14 oz Cans Diced tomatoes - do not drain
  • 15 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • 2 15 oz cans Kidney beans
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • Cook time: 7 hours
  • Ready in: 7 hours
  • Yields: 8


  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet and drain.
  2. Mix all ingredients except for cornstarch and water in crock pot.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours until peppers and onions are tender. Turn heat to high
  4. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth then add to chili. Stir well.
  5. Uncover and cook on high for 15 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  6. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and serve in a fun Halloween bowl with a side of Creepy Cornbread!
Cook a cauldron of chili this Halloween!
Cook a cauldron of chili this Halloween! | Source

Spooky Ingredients

When your kids ask what is in the chili, you can give them this list of ingredients instead of the real one for some spooky conversation. They may never ask questions about dinner again!

  • 1 lb Road Kill
  • 2 Diced Eyes of Cyclops
  • 2 Chopped Eyes of Giant
  • 2 Chopped Dragon Hearts
  • 4 Sliced Ogre Fingers
  • 4 Mummified Hearts
  • 2 14 oz Cans Diced Eel
  • 15 oz Congealed Blood
  • 1 Tbsp. Powdered Dragon Scale
  • 1/2 tsp. Powdered Vampire Fangs
  • 1/2 tsp. Powdered Werewolf Claws
  • 2 15 oz Cans of Rat Kidneys
  • 2 Tbsp Starch of Scarecrow Stuffing
  • 1/4 Cup Troll Sweat

Creepy Cornbread

Cornbread is the perfect companion for chili. As a special treat for Halloween, my mom always made "Creepy Cornbread", which was standard cornbread that she had dyed green.

I'm a total cheater when it comes to making cornbread. I pull out a packet of Krusteaz Cornbread, mix and bake. To make your cornbread "creepy" for Halloween all you have to do is add green food coloring. So simple and so fun!

You could make your cornbread any color you like. The green colored cornbread reminds me of witches but I think orange would be fun too.

Krusteaz Honey Cornbread & Muffin Mix, 15-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
Krusteaz Honey Cornbread & Muffin Mix, 15-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)

Krusteaz Cornbread is my favorite mix! I love the texture and the taste. It's just perfect.


Do you have a favorite Halloween meal or treat? What are your trick-or-treat traditions?

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    • Teapixie LM profile image

      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      SPECTACULAR recipe! I am excited to serve this baby up tonight. I love the GREEN bread - now to make them eat it. eeeeeeeeeeeeeheeheeheehee (witches laugh)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds like quite the tricky treat to me! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Sarah Switalski 5 years ago from Iowa

      @Faye Rutledge: Seems like chili is a big tradition for a lot of people! Enjoy your creepy cornbread! :)

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I always server chili and corn bread at our Halloween party. It is tradition for us, too! But, this year, we'll be having Creepy Cornbread! Thanks for this great idea!