Pumpkin Cornbread (with Pumpkin Chili, of course)!

It’s seriously pumpkin season in full swing. Pumpkins have arrived at our markets, and the makeshift pumpkin patches are getting ready to set up their little scenes in empty lots here and there around town. We’ll be making our annual trip to Bates Nut Farm sometime soon to pick out the best pumpkins in the county from a real pumpkin patch.

It’s a bit too early yet to purchase pumpkins with the intent of decorating, but I’ve had *pumpkins* on my mind and therefore have been cooking and baking away with this favorite fall flavor.

A newly discovered recipe for me this year: Pumpkin Cornbread.

This sounded so odd to me that I just had to make it. I wondered… would it be sweet? would it be more like a breakfast bread? or would it be appropriate to pair with chili- like other cornbreads?

I went for the chili… Pumpkin Chili (of course). You can’t really taste any pumpkin in it. It just has canned pumpkin puree in it, which basically serves as a texture enhancer to make the sauce smooth and velvety. It’s good stuff.

The slightly sweet Pumpkin Cornbread was amazing. Our whole family gobbled it up with smidges of honey-tainted butter. It was terrific with the chili too. If you look closely at that top picture, you’ll see little grains within the bread. I used whole-grain cornmeal (Bob’s Red Mill brand), and it added a little crunch to the bread. We liked that, but you could certainly use a finer grain cornmeal if you prefer a smoother, softer bread.

And the leftovers were also perfect for breakfast the following morning… still moist and still delicious. We topped our breakfast cornbread with Apple Butter for a little morning treat.

The Pumpkin Cornbread recipe can be found here:Β  Pumpkin Cornbread
The Pumpkin Chili recipe can be found here:Β  Pumpkin Chili

59 Responses to “Pumpkin Cornbread (with Pumpkin Chili, of course)!”

  1. postedOct 1, 2008 8:01 AM
    Happy cook

    Yumm the corn bread looks so good and ofcourse the chillie too.
    I have neve rhad anything like this.
    I have only used pumpkin in soups and curry.

  2. postedOct 1, 2008 8:40 AM

    I’ve never thought of ‘flavouring’ cornbread, other then with jalapenos. It sounds and looks delicious!

  3. postedOct 1, 2008 9:01 AM

    Ooh, I looooves me some sweet cornbread (I’m sure a few Southerners out there will hate me…)! I especially love it smothered with gravy for some saltiness! πŸ™‚

  4. postedOct 1, 2008 9:53 AM
    Clumbsy Cookie

    What a cool twist!!! I mean hot twist lol!

  5. postedOct 1, 2008 11:30 AM
    Barbara Bakes

    What a yummy idea! I love corn bread and pumpkin bread!

  6. postedOct 1, 2008 11:45 AM

    I found your blog from Veggie Girl this week. These two recipes looke amazing. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks!

  7. postedOct 1, 2008 12:24 PM

    Both dishes sound great, but I am really loving that cornbread. Definitely a “must try”!

  8. postedOct 1, 2008 12:30 PM

    I like sour cream and crushed tortilla chips in my chili.

    You need something crunchy in there.

  9. postedOct 1, 2008 12:56 PM

    The pumpkin cornbread sounds delicious!!

  10. postedOct 1, 2008 1:29 PM
    alexandra's kitchen

    very cool! I’ve never thought to add pumpkin to chili! and the cornbread looks moist and delicious. you are truly in the fall spirit RecipeGirl!

  11. postedOct 1, 2008 1:40 PM

    What perfect game food! The corn bread looks and sounds delicious. That will be on our menu really soon.

  12. postedOct 1, 2008 2:11 PM
    Cathy at Wives with Knives

    The cornbread looks so so good. And I love the thought of slathering on some honey butter. I’m definitely going to try it. Nice photos too.

  13. postedOct 1, 2008 3:34 PM

    Yum. I just made pumpkin bread and it was amazing. This cornbread and chili sounds wonderful. Great recipes!

  14. postedOct 1, 2008 3:54 PM

    What a lovely bread, I like your twist to it. It’s soooo hot!!

  15. postedOct 1, 2008 3:58 PM
    Any Little Reason

    I’m making chili today – will have to give this a try! I usually put green chiles in my cornbread but this sounds too good to pass up!

  16. postedOct 1, 2008 4:17 PM

    I really like the sound of this! I bet it would work with other winter squashes as well, which will really come in handy when my CSA starts distributing squash, squash, squash and more squash.

  17. postedOct 1, 2008 5:34 PM

    Annnnnnd I printed this. I love cornbread, and I love pumpkin, so this has to be made for me πŸ™‚

    Pumpkin chili is my favorite type of chili too, I think it takes some of the heat away, and a nice, smooth finish. You knocked today out of the park

  18. postedOct 1, 2008 5:36 PM

    Pumpkin galore!! I love it! I have never had pumpkin cornbread. Looks awesome!

  19. postedOct 1, 2008 5:45 PM

    These both look amazing. Thanks for the great recipes.

  20. postedOct 1, 2008 5:46 PM

    I love pumpkin and love fall. I couldn’t agree more about wanting to cook with it right now! I love your blog and have bookmarked lots of recipes to try!

  21. postedOct 1, 2008 6:39 PM
    noble pig

    I’ve never heard of pumpkin cornbread, I’m sure it’s delicious.

  22. postedOct 1, 2008 6:52 PM

    I’ve never seen pumpkin cornbread before, but you can never go wrong with pumpkin in my opinion!!

  23. postedOct 1, 2008 7:02 PM

    I am soooo going to make your witch fingers that you linked me to this year. They look so much better than mine did. That was the only issue with mine–they looked cool but didn’t taste so good. So I’ll take your recipe and maybe add a little green food coloring again. And yes, the warts are chocolate chips that I put in while the dough was still soft and hot.

    Thanks for your recipe!

  24. postedOct 1, 2008 7:37 PM

    Oh yum..I just printed off the pumpkin cornbread! I must make this soon!!!

  25. postedOct 1, 2008 8:26 PM

    I tumbled into your blog somehow someway and I’m sure glad I did. Wonderful! I don’t know where to begin but begin I will. Thanks so much for sharing. I have added you to my blog roll if that’s ok with you. GREAT recipes. I just may have to save the pumpkin chili recipe for National Chili Month which is in October!

  26. postedOct 1, 2008 8:42 PM
    Cookie baker Lynn

    I love the idea of pumpkin in both the chili and the cornbread. It looks delicious!

  27. postedOct 1, 2008 9:12 PM

    Ohhh you are so clever! Pumpkin cornbread! That is just perfect. I must try this.

  28. postedOct 1, 2008 9:19 PM

    Pumpkin Chili-how intriguing!
    I love the idea of cornbread and apple butter. Yum!

  29. postedOct 1, 2008 9:27 PM

    Ok, I’m drooling over here! Everything looks crazy good!

  30. postedOct 1, 2008 10:08 PM

    Wow pumpkin cornbread! This sounds like a great beginning fall starter to make!

  31. postedOct 1, 2008 11:36 PM

    I see a theme and I like it! I came home today with a huge cinderella pumpkin from my CSA. My little one can’t wait for me to use it up so that we can roast the seeds. I love the cornbread and the pumpkin chili idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. postedOct 2, 2008 12:48 AM

    Looks yummy. You have the best holiday and seasonal spirit of anyone!

  33. postedOct 2, 2008 1:59 AM

    I love the idea of pumpkin cornbread

  34. postedOct 2, 2008 2:52 AM

    Pumpkin Corn Bread ….Girl this looks GOOD!! Who would have thunk it!!!LOL!! I’m gonna try this!!

  35. postedOct 2, 2008 3:48 AM
    That Girl

    Chili is one of my favorite fall foods. I can’t believe I never thought to pair it with pumpkin!

  36. postedOct 2, 2008 4:03 AM

    I have a sweet potato cornbread I like to make but this looks way easier since it relies on canned pumpkin. I think I may have to try it. πŸ™‚

  37. postedOct 2, 2008 4:14 AM

    yum!!!! pumpkin chili AND pumpkin cornbread?!?! sounds amazing! i want to make this right now!!

  38. postedOct 2, 2008 9:34 AM

    What an awesome paring!

  39. postedOct 2, 2008 10:21 AM

    LOOOOOVING these innovative uses of pumpkin!!! Yum, yum, yum.

  40. postedOct 2, 2008 12:25 PM

    As a serious pumpkin lover, that cornbread is calling my name. I love pumpkin chili as a great way to add a little nutrition and complexity of flavors.

  41. postedOct 2, 2008 1:20 PM

    pumpkin flavored cornbread sounds really good, and with pumpkin chili…yummy!

  42. postedOct 2, 2008 1:44 PM

    what a unique and exciting cornbread recipe! i’m not too keen on the flavor of pumpkin, but i think it’d be all right as a component of cornbread. awesome chili, too. πŸ™‚

  43. postedOct 2, 2008 2:29 PM

    Bestill my heart. Oh girl, you have won me over FOR SURE! I looooooove cornbread and I looooooove pumpkin. I am definitely going to make this!

    In the fall I will make pumpkin black bean soup…do you think it is overboard to serve it with pumpkin cornbread? Yeah- me either. πŸ™‚

  44. postedOct 2, 2008 4:33 PM

    I neeeeeed to make this cornbread. Need to.

  45. postedOct 2, 2008 6:14 PM
    Mike of Mike's Table

    That’s a great twist on cornbread and I really like it. Sorry to hear the chili didn’t take on the pumpkinny flavors–that sounded like a really neat idea though. I’ve had pumpkin on the brain lately, so I’ll have to try this out

  46. postedOct 2, 2008 7:11 PM
    Stacey Snacks

    Everyone is in such a cake mood, whether it be pumpkin or apple!
    Your squares are beautiful!

    I am getting fat from trying all of these baking recipes!!!!


  47. postedOct 2, 2008 7:25 PM

    YUM! The only way to improve on delicious cornbread is to… add yummy pumpkin to it! Looks fab!

  48. postedOct 2, 2008 7:42 PM

    Pumpkin cornbread…why didn’t I think of that?
    I’m thinkin’ this HAD to be delicious. I’ll have to try it.

  49. postedOct 2, 2008 10:11 PM

    I’ve never heard of this! What a clever idea. Loved your picture on food grazing.

  50. postedOct 2, 2008 10:35 PM

    I’ve got to have some of that pumpkin cornbread! Wow! It looks heavenly!

  51. postedOct 3, 2008 12:09 AM
    Peter M

    Pumpkin in the cornbread…this is Autumn, Halloween and delish wrapped in one.

    I wanna go to the Halloween party as pumpkin cornbread! lol

  52. postedOct 3, 2008 12:10 AM
    Jessy and her dog Winnie

    Pumpkin cornbread sounds great! I definitly have to try this one when im done with tennis! To answer your question before, the earlier you start tennis lessons, the better off you are, they are really fun, and make all the difference.

  53. postedOct 4, 2008 5:25 AM

    A beautiful twist to cornbread. It sounds and looks delicious!

    Rosie x

  54. postedOct 5, 2008 7:17 PM
    The AZ McMillans

    We just had the pumpkin chili and cornbread for lunch as leftovers…I have to say it’s even better the next day! Thanks!

  55. postedOct 5, 2008 7:36 PM
    the southern hostess

    Yum! What a great idea!

  56. postedOct 7, 2008 11:09 PM

    Looks fantastic – though it will get switched up to squash corn bread around here – we are up to elbows in winter squash!

  57. postedNov 2, 2008 3:17 AM

    I made the pumpkin cornbread for a side with a work lunch with my corn chowder and let me say they LOVED it!!!!

  58. postedNov 12, 2011 9:58 PM

    Though the taste is nice, this is a VERY dry bread. Even with a slab of butter, I had to choke it back. It is possible you are missing the liquid (milk) from this recipe? The other recipe for cornbread I have (fabulous) uses 1 1/2 cups of milk. I am disappointed that I used my freshly pureed pumpkin on this! Will absolutely never make this again.

    • postedNov 13, 2011 5:31 AM

      No, nothing missing from the ingredients. We just made this bread again last weekend to go w/ chili for a football game party and it was moist as can be! Any chance you left something out… or baked too long?

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