Cornbread & Black Bean Enchilada Bake

Jump to Recipe
Cornbread and black bean enchilada bake with a slice removed

If you love the pairing of chili and cornbread, this is the dish for you! It combines all the flavor of chili (deep, hearty, smoky bean stew), with the fluffy, toothsome sweetness of classic cornbread! But it’s even easier to prepare because it’s all cooked in 1 skillet!

Even better? This dish is naturally sweetened, plant-based, and gluten-free optional. And it’s made with just 10 wholesome ingredients. Let us show you how it’s done!

Red onion, flour, bell pepper, black beans, cornmeal, enchilada sauce,  dairy-free milk, and avocado oil


This enchilada bake draws inspiration from both Mexican and Southern cuisines. It combines the flavor and heat of enchiladas with the comfort of cornbread. You can learn about the origins of enchiladas here and cornbread here.

Stirring a pan of black beans, onion, bell pepper, and enchilada sauce

How to Make This Enchilada Bake

The enchilada filling is made by sautéing onions and bell pepper for natural sweetness and adding black beans for fiber and protein and a little salt to enhance all the flavors.

We used our easy red enchilada sauce for maximum flavor and customization, but store-bought enchilada sauce is also an option here. To make it more weeknight-friendly, we like to make a big batch of enchilada sauce and freeze 1-cup portions in small glass jars (just leave a little room to allow for expansion). Then transfer a jar of sauce to the fridge a day or two before you want to make this!

Pouring the cornbread layer over a skillet of our enchilada bake

Once the filling is cooked, it gets topped with cornbread batter. Swoon!

The cornbread is a combination of cornmeal for classic cornbread flavor, flour to lighten it up (all-purpose or GF both work), and baking powder for fluffiness. Salt adds flavor, dairy-free milk is the liquid, and a small amount of avocado oil or melted vegan butter adds moisture.

We also like adding maple syrup for balance and a hint of sweetness. But if you’re someone who thinks sugar in cornbread is a crime, just leave it out.

Cornbread topping spread over enchilada filling

We hope you love this enchilada bake! It’s:

Subtly spiced
Quick & easy
& SO delicious!

It’s perfect for weeknight meals or any time you’re craving something easy and comforting. And while filling on its own, it would also pair well with our Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole, Chopped Kale Salad with Adobo Dressing, and/or Green Cauliflower Rice (20 minutes!).

Pan of our Cornbread & Black Bean Enchilada Bake topped with vegan butter and maple syrup

More Enchilada Recipes

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Spoonful of black bean enchilada skillet with cornbread topping, vegan butter, and maple syrup

Cornbread & Black Bean Enchilada Bake

Flavorful, hearty skillet bake with black bean enchilada filling and a fluffy cornbread topping. Tastes like chili topped with cornbread but so much faster and easier to make! Just 10 ingredients required. Naturally plant-based and gluten-free optional.
Author Minimalist Baker
Vintage spoon in a pan of Cornbread and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet
4.77 from 76 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 (Servings)
Course Entrée
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, Southern-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days



  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil (or sub other neutral oil or vegan butter)
  • 1 cup diced red onion (or sub white or yellow)
  • 1 medium red or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce (or store-bought such as Frontera brand)


  • 1 cup cornmeal (fine or medium grind)
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (if gluten-free sub GF all-purpose flour)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, to taste
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (or sub other dairy-free milk like oat or rice)
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil (or sub melted vegan butter for richer cornbread flavor)
  • 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (optional // start with lesser amount and adjust to taste)


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (218 C).
  • Heat a 10-inch cast-iron or oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil. Once oil is hot, add the onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently until translucent and beginning to slightly brown. Turn heat down slightly if browning too quickly.
  • Add diced bell pepper and sea salt and stir. Cover and sauté for 5 minutes or until softened and lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the (drained) black beans and enchilada sauce and turn off the heat. If you’re using a 10-inch oven-safe skillet, you can cook the casserole in the same skillet. If your pan is not oven-safe, lightly oil a 9- or 10-inch baking dish and transfer the veggie mixture to the prepared dish.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. In a glass measuring cup, whisk together the dairy-free milk, oil (or melted vegan butter), and maple syrup (starting with the lesser amount and adding more to taste as needed). Maple syrup is optional, but if you prefer cornbread on the sweeter side, be sure to include it!
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. It should be slightly thick but pourable. If too thick, add a bit more dairy-free milk. If too thin, add a bit more cornmeal or flour. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more salt to taste or maple syrup for sweetness. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes to ensure it’s evenly hydrated.
  • Spread the cornmeal mixture over the enchilada filling. We left a ~1-inch gap around the edge so the filling could get slightly caramelized. But you can also spread it all the way to the edge.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until the crust is fully set. If using gluten-free flour, it’s normal for there to be some cracking on top. Serve hot as is or top with a little vegan butter and maple syrup.
  • Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or in a 350 degree F (176 C) oven until hot.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 349 Carbohydrates: 52.8 g Protein: 8.6 g Fat: 12.6 g Saturated Fat: 1.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.3 g Monounsaturated Fat: 7.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 974 mg Potassium: 527 mg Fiber: 9.8 g Sugar: 6.3 g Vitamin A: 3098 IU Vitamin C: 44.3 mg Calcium: 234 mg Iron: 3.2 mg

Did You Make This Recipe?

Tag @minimalistbaker on Instagram and hashtag it #minimalistbaker so we can see all the deliciousness!

If you love this recipe...

Get Our Fan Favorites eBook Here!

Reader Interactions

Leave a Comment & Rating!

Have a question? Use ctrl+f or ⌘+f on your computer or the "find on page" function on your phone browser to search existing comments! Need help? Check out this tutorial!

My Rating:

  1. Giovonne says

    This recipe is always in my rotation! It’s so quick and easy for a weeknight meal, and it’s a great way to use up my leftover enchilada sauce after making enchiladas.

  2. Kerina says

    I make this all the time! We love it!
    I put it in ramekins! Also I add sweet potato chunks, corn, and some sort of greens. Instead of enchilada sauce I use a can of fire roasted tomatoes and some cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, liquid smoke and oregano. And some times I add trader Joe’s soy chorizo! 🙌🏻 This is so versatile, it’s good for whatever extra veggies I have on hand.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We love to hear this. Thanks for the great review and for sharing your modifications, Kerina!

  3. Elizabeth says

    My fiancé and I make this multiple times a month! We love it! It’s quick, easy, and delicious. We find 1/3 cup AP flour and 3/4 cup non-dairy milk makes for a better cornbread consistency. BUT I recently had to go GF and I made this with Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF baking flour keeping the original amounts, it was perfect!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love it! Thanks so much for the great review and for sharing your experience, Elizabeth. So glad you both enjoy this recipe!

  4. Tara N says

    I made this tonight, it was okay. We don’t prefer black beans so I used one can of Pinto and one can of Kidney beans. I think it would be amazing with a chili base instead of enchilada base. I’m going to try that next time! The cornbread was a little dry like others have commented and next time I’ll probably add an extra half cup of almond milk or maybe mix in some green chiles. It just needed a little something more.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for the honest feedback and sorry to hear it didn’t turn out as you were hoping, Tara! Chili does sound lovely. We wonder if the biscuit topping might end up a little mushy though from the extra liquid though.

  5. Cara says

    Love this recipe so much! To make this not spicy, I opted to make the homemade enchilada sauce and omitted the peppers in that recipe. I used an 8 x 8 metal baking pan for the baking part of the recipe. I used super fine cornmeal for the cornbread aspect. Thanks Minimalist Baker!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the review and for sharing your modifications, Cara, we’re so glad you enjoyed!

  6. KK says

    This looks like a perfect camping meal!
    Question you usually add Almond or sub oat or rice. Is there a reason, you don’t use soy? Ive found its the cleanest plant based milk with only soy and water. Which i haven’t found in either rice or oat.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi KK, you can definitely use soy milk, if preferred! We find almond has a neutral taste, but it’s simply personal preference =)

  7. Sarah says

    This is very good, and I had to comment because I was pleasantly surprised by how well the leftovers heated up in the microwave! I topped mine with an avocado which is recommended. :)

  8. Tonya says

    My husband and I love this recipe! He thinks it needs another can of black beans, so I’ll try that next time. I recently became gluten-free, so I’m really thankful to have found your web site!

  9. Hope says

    This is one of my favorite recipes ever!! I make this all the time. I use a larger casserole dish and double the entire recipe, it has to cook a bit longer than the original instructions, but still turns out amazing :)

  10. Elena says

    This was excellent! Next time I would spread the cornbread a little more. I used my 12 inch cast iron skillet since I don’t have a 10 inch. The leftovers held up really well too. I made a few minor modifications:
    -Dairy milk since that’s all I had
    -Butter instead of avocado oil
    -The can of enchilada sauce I bought was 10 oz so I used the entire can
    -Skipped the maple syrup in the cornbread since I like mine more savory than sweet.

  11. Mary says

    This was just ok, per the other reviews, it really needs more base to have enough food for dinner. I added mushrooms and a small can of tomatoes with chiles. I used my normal homemade enchilada sauce (simple and good). The cornbread was dry for us so would add more liquid again, but family said regular enchiladas would be preferable.

  12. Beth says

    Holy cow, this was good! It was also quick and easy! I used green enchilada sauce (Hatch brand) and added some kale and mushrooms for a bit more body. Great weeknight dinner.

  13. Nicola says

    Really delicious and comforting! Thanks for another brilliant recipe.

    Took me a while to make, as I made the enchilada sauce at the same time, but I’ll be making again soon with my leftover sauce, and it will be much quicker!

  14. Amanda says

    Oh my goodness, this was so delicious and comforting! I made a few swaps – added ground beef and diced tomatoes along with a clean label cornbread mix. Perfect for a cool fall evening when you’re looking for something warm and comforting

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Amanda! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  15. Hannah says

    The cornbread layer turned out very dry for me despite adding additional plant milk, melted butter instead of oil, and the full 3T of maple syrup. Any suggestions? It was nothing some additional syrup on top couldn’t fix! Still very good.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Hannah, we’re glad you enjoyed it overall, but sorry to hear the cornbread layer was a little dry. Adding more melted butter/coconut oil should help for next time!

  16. Nicole says

    So easy and so yummy! Swapped in your gluten free flour blend and all went well. Thanks for another winning recipe!

    • Manisha Subramanian says

      I wanted to love this recipe after reading all the reviews. I did end up loving it after a few tweaks. I used store bought enchilada sauce (and not the brand you recommended), so maybe that was why I didn’t find it flavorful. I added 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cumin powder and 1/8 tsp chili powder to the black beans. That did the trick. As I said, next time I will use the enchilada sauce brand you mentioned and then maybe I won’t need those extra spices. After reading all the comments, I subbed the bell pepper with carrots and spinach since my family are not bell pepper fans. The corn bread recipe was fantastic! Thank you! Will put this into my rotation.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Yay! So glad you ended up enjoying this recipe, Manisha. Thanks so much for the review and for sharing your modifications!

  17. Carina says

    I love this recipe! I make it a couple times a month, it’s so easy and quick. I leave out the bell pepper because I don’t like the taste. I’ll add a can of kidney beans instead. I’ve made it with red and green enchilada sauce and both are good, but I think red is more flavorful. Also, I do a cornbread box mix to save time, but I’ll have to try making the cornbread from scratch. Thank you for this recipe, it’s the best!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We love to hear this. Thanks for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Carina! xo

  18. Tori Zananiri says

    Made this last night for dinner. My boyfriend and I loved it! Definitely, adding this to our repeat list. The only difference was I used Jiffy’s vegetarian box of cornbread (didn’t have some of the ingredients to make it from scratch) turned out great!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! We love to hear this. Thanks for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Tori! xo

  19. Cam says

    I made substitutions:
    -Box of Jiffy cornbread made with 1/3 cup almond milk and 2 tblspn oil.
    – can of diced tomatos with broth, paprika, cumin, garlic, cayenne, pepper and hot sauce in place of enchilada sauce.
    It turned out great!

  20. Courtney says

    I made this for the first time last night and it was a family hit! Delicious!

    Based on past reviews, I doubled the filling (used canned enchilada sauce this time) and sautéed fresh jalapeño, 3 cloves of garlic, cumin, chili powder and oregano with the onions and bell peppers. I dolloped the cornbread mixture, leaving space between dollops and it turned out perfectly. Next time I’m going to increase the cornbread mixture by half, so there’s more!

    All in all, a great recipe that’s definitely going into the weekly rotation!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Wonderful! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Courtney. Thank you for sharing!

  21. Amelia says

    This recipe is delicious and easy! I have made it twice now, with great results. The only thing I varied from the recipe is I used bottled “taco sauce” instead of enchilada sauce because I couldn’t find it.

    I’m going to try it with pinto beans next, but it’s great as is.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thank you so much for the lovely review, Amelia. We are so glad you enjoy it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  22. Nicole says

    Loved this! So yummy and fairly quick, and majorly hit the comfort food spot. Thanks for the lovely recipe! I added the full 3 tbs maple syrup – no question there.

  23. Molly F says

    I made this for Cinco de Mayo and it turned out exactly like your photo! Love casserole type dishes with cornbread topping. Thanks! It was delicious! I added some guacamole when I served it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Molly. Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  24. michel says

    Thank you for the unique combination. It definitely adds variety to my diet. First time making cornbread!! Merci beaucoup!

  25. Didi says

    We’ve made this a couple of times already and we love it. I even made the cornbread topping to put on top of some leftover lentil bolgnese sauce, that worked well also.

  26. Chessie says

    Very tasty, and a perfect dish for a cool day! I made the gluten-free version. I cooked the beans from dried but used a packet of enchilada sauce, so it was pretty darn easy.

  27. Loren Gebo says

    We made this tonight. It was a total winner! We will be doubling it next time so we can have leftovers :)

  28. Patricia says

    I made this recipe last week, it was delicious! We doubled the recipe and used a larger cast iron pan too. We also made a few changes to the recipe. We couldn’t find dried chillies so we used two fresh jalapeños and some dried chilli flakes, we liked the taste. We also added one yam per recipe (so two for us) which really helped the leftovers last all week! We are already talking about doing this one again!

  29. Bernadette says

    I read a lot of the reviews before I tried this Great recipe. Thank you every one!! I ended up doubling the beans and veggies, and 1.5x’d the cornbread because my iron skillet is Large. My cornbread mixed up like thick pancake batter, and baked in exactly 20 minutes (I tested with a cake tester). It was just a little thicker than a pancake and was not dry at all because I used a little extra liquid. Also, I heated the beans to just a simmer before I put the cornbread on top. I used this idea from the reviews: I dolloped the cornbread out in a heart shape. It looked adorable.
    We served ours with Greek yogurt and shredded cheddar, but sometime I’d like to try cashew cream. It came out terrific and we’ll be making it again.

  30. Mary says

    So warming and even a bit festive feeling. I didn’t have a bell pepper so I followed the suggestion of chopping a carrot instead–worked great.

    It did feel slightly more like a side dish than an entree to me. Probably will serve with a salad next time. I look forward to making this for friends someday. Thank you!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Mary! Other readers have mentioned they’d prefer another can of black beans in it, so perhaps that would make it feel more like an entrée?

    • Tara says

      I made this for dinner tonight. My family really enjoyed this recipe. I wanted to make the homemade enchilada sauce, but ran short on time so we used store bought. I did add chili powder, cumin and oregano to give the sauce a bit more flavor. I also added a sprinkle of nondairy pepperjack on top of the bean mixture before topping with the cornbread.
      I really liked how simple this dish was to put together. My teen helped me make it tonight and I am certain she would be able to make it on her own to help out on a busy weeknight.

  31. Jennifer says

    I made this tonight for dinner and it is so tasty! I put some of your new cheese sauce on top and i 10/10 recommend doing that. I did use the maple syrup for the cornbread and was very happy with it. The mix of sweet and savory was so good. Love your vegan recipes!

  32. Jessica Simpson says

    I had this for dinner tonight for my 3 boys and hubby. We added mushrooms too. It was AMAZING!! I really loved it. I will have to make double for the boys the next time!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Jessica. Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  33. Delaney says

    Made this with my own homemade enchilada sauce and oh my was it delicious. My corn bread was a little dry, but I didn’t add all of the maple syrup, maybe that’s why? Either way I will be making this again. I LOVE your website, it’s made cooking vegetarian so easy!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Delaney, thanks so much! The maple syrup does help add moisture. If you prefer not to add sweetener, you could try adding a bit more dairy-free milk next time.

  34. Robin Maganzini says

    This was soooo easy to make; and yummy! I will definitely make this again! Can’t wait for my leftovers at lunch!

  35. VICKY says

    I made this and doubled the quantities since I wanted left overs.
    The bread part was too thick and dry. Still a great dish and nothing that a scoop of guac couldn’t fix! Delicious! For next time I’m thinking on doubling the quantities for just the beans instead, do you think that ratio would still be good? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry that happened, Vicky! Did you include the maple syrup? That should help with moisture or you can try more almond milk or oil. We think more beans would be nice.

  36. Megan says

    I made this recipe for my family the other night and it was delicious! I ended up using green enchilada sauce because of preference and it came out great! We’ve added it to our “easy weeknight vegan dinner” list. Thanks :)

  37. Kelley says

    This was such a welcome change from our usual taco night! My husband and I loved it. I have a 12 inch cast iron pan and I doubled the bean filling. I only had one bell pepper so I added in some spinach and made a little extra of the cornbread topping (I didn’t double it, just did 1.5 of all ingredients). I also subbed unsweetened macadamia milk for the almond milk in the cornbread. Thank you for another delicious recipe, Dana!

  38. Jackie says

    This was delicious! My entire family loved it! I used a mix of buckwheat and oat flour to make mine gluten free. I think I would double the bean/pepper mixture next time to make it go farther. I made the enchilada sauce from your website. Can’t wait to try that with another recipe. We all loved it so much! I’m so happy to have recipe my entire family likes! Thank you!

  39. Emily says

    This was soooo goood!! I did un-veganize it by adding ground beef and cheese, but followed the rest of the recipe as written.
    It was the perfect comfort food for a cold, snowy day. I am recommending this recipe to everyone!

  40. karry says

    This was a wonderful recipe. The cornbread layer was just the right level of sweetness (I used exactly the amount of maple syrup as the recipe specified) and the black bean, red pepper and enchilada sauce base was excellent. I did make the enchilada sauce from the Minimalist Baker recipe the night before.
    We had it on Valentine’s day and I did try to shape the cornbread into a heart.
    We will definitely make this again.

  41. Cora Geoffroy says

    Made this tonight and my boyfriend and I both loved it! I used regular butter since we aren’t vegan and it was delicious! Loved using the maple syrup to sweeten the corn bread as well. Thanks for another great recipe!

  42. Lisa Kirshner says

    This was, as expected, delicious. Perfectly warming for a cold night and easy to put together using ingredients I usually have on-hand. The next time I make it I will probably double the “filling” as the cornbread topping (which was delicious) was disproportionate. We also added a little frozen corn to the filling which we enjoyed.

  43. Melissa says

    Another winner. Great recipe. Added corn to give it more depth. Used the enchilada sauce recipe from the butternut squash black bean enchilada recipe – worked great. My husband says it is a keeper.

  44. Tim says

    This was delicious! And extremely fast and easy. Looking forward to modifying with ideas like those in some of the comments. I will definitely double the filling next time as by volume it turned out for me to be about 3/4ths cornbread! Cheers

  45. Stephanie says

    I could only find cornbread mix at Whole Foods :( Do I just use that in place of flour, cornmeal, salt, and baking powder? And add only the oil and milk?

  46. Kristin says

    I made the recipe as written and it was delicious, filling and perhaps best of all so quick to make! The ratio of cornbread to enchilada filling was just right in my cornbread loving opinion. I used Siete brand sauce, made the filling in a skillet and transferred to a 9 by 9 baking dish.

  47. Lisa W says

    I really liked this recipe. It was easy to make and delicious! The only change I would made is to prepare more chili underneath – up to twice as much! Then I would have my preferred proportion of chili to cornbread in each bite.

  48. Jamie Bissot Rosenshine says

    I am looking at using Bob’s red mill GF cornbread mix for this. The package is relatively large. How much would you suggest using?

  49. DEBRA says

    Loved the bean part, but thought the cornbread topping was too dry. Went back to the recipe to see if i left out anything, like an egg. But no, I had put everything in the recipe called for.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Debra, sorry the cornbread wasn’t a love! We like our cornbread on the crumbly side so next time add a bit of oil or more maple syrup in and it will moisten it right up. xo!

  50. Marlene Allard says

    three of us devoured this very quickly – will double the recipe in the future so that there are leftovers:) Added a poblano pepper to keep my spicy people happy. Will definitely make again.

  51. Aarika says

    For people who had trouble with the cornbread topping not baking through, dollop the batter on top and leave little spaces. I have a terrible oven and it cooked perfectly into one big piece during baking! Super delicious recipe. Only addition I made was tossing in some leftover sweet potato.

  52. Susan says

    Hi Dana. Another delicious, easy recipe to prepare! The kitchen smelled so good while the skillet was in the oven. At the suggestion of other reviewers, I add corn to the onion/red pepper/bean/sauce mixture. It was a very yummy, cozy dinner that I will definitely make again. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

  53. Devlin McNeil says

    Dissatisfied with this recipe. Simplistic and bland flavor palate. Made, ate half a serving, and tossed. Maybe if you doctor it with corn, another protein, and more heat.
    Generally love all other Minimalist recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry you didn’t love this one, Devlin! Might I ask what kind of enchilada sauce you used? We prefer our DIY recipe which is quite flavorful and spicy.

  54. meg says

    Love this recipe! I only had kidney beans on hand but it still turned out delicious. Also added frozen corn & spinach to bulk it up a bit. Topped it off with cashew cream and it was a huge hit :)

  55. Cecile says

    OMG! So good! We added some corn, jalapeño to the beans/red pepper mix. We topped off the cornbread with honey. It was delicious. Thank you for an easy and delicious dinner!

  56. Chelsea says

    Easy to make and turned out great! I don’t have a cast iron, so I transferred this to a glass baking dish – the cornbread needed around 30 minutes to fully cook. Looking forward to making this again – I think I may add some soy chorizo next time :)

      • MaryPat says

        What a tasty recipe!! Quick to make and great flavor. Might add corn and spinach next time or maybe butternut squash. So many great options to your foundation!! Thanks much!!

          • Shannon says

            This was really good and easy to make. My only suggestion would be to add more of the chilli portion to the recipe – I found cornbread / chilli ratio to be a little off balance.

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

            I hear ya! We’re big cornbread fans so we love the ratio. But that’s a great suggestion!

  57. robyn says

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was so easy and delicious! I used the frontera green enchilada sauce I was very pleased with the results. mine was GF – I used king arthur’s GF flour mix – great consistency. This will be a go to for these chilly winter nights and its also a great dish to bring to a potluck. Nice presentation in a cast iron pot. Next time I think I would double the bean proportion. Thanks for another winner of a recipe. I can always count on Minimalist Baker for great taste and ease.

  58. DebbieA says

    Thank you! I didn’t know what dinner was going to be and then saw your post. This was incredibly easy and quick and delish with a massaged kale salad.

  59. Kaitlyn says

    This was great! I added sweet potato and kale with the onion and pepper which bulked it up a bit more. Very satisfying and a quick weeknight meal.

  60. Janice Short says

    Thanks so much for your reply. I was just reading today’s Valentine’s day Roundup, which is swimming with great recipes. I want to make them all! but I’m going to make the cornbread Skillet first, as soon as I slow cook some black beans . I’ll let you know how it turns out. You’re the best!

  61. Maya says

    Store bought enchilada sauce isn’t readily available where I live (nor are the ingredients for the homemade version), is there something else that could work instead? Would adding a can of diced tomatoes make it too bland?

    Thanks in advance, look forward to trying this!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Maya, for the enchilada sauce, what about doing the homemade version, but subbing a mix of red bell pepper and canned chipotle chilies in adobo? We don’t think diced tomatoes would add enough flavor, unfortunately.

  62. Erin says

    Made this last night, it was so good! Definitely would make again! I think my cornmeal is coarse and I think the cornbread would come out much better with a finer cornmeal, but it was still great and I’m mad I didn’t double the recipe! I did add vegan chorizo crumbles that I happened to have, so good!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woah, love your addition, Erin! Thanks so much for sharing! And yes, fine cornmeal is our preferred in cornbread for a better texture, but it can be more challenging to find.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi, we don’t have a recipe for vegan butter and typically buy it from the store. Examples of brands include Earth Balance and Miyokos. Hope that helps!

  63. Ruth says

    Mmmmmmm definitely trying this!
    When you say cornmeal, is it the corn flour used for arepas? Or the one used for polenta? Or would both work? (I’m not familiar with cornbread)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ruth, masarepa is cooked, but cornmeal is not. Corn grits for making polenta are similar, but are a coarser grind – you’d need to grind it more finely to avoid hard, crunchy bits. We like Bob’s Red Mill fine cornmeal – it should be labeled as such. Hope that helps!

  64. Magda says

    Genius! Just having this for lunch. Very easy to make and very very tasty! Never made corn bread before and it came out perfect! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  65. Pamela Shull says

    I made this recipe tonight.. the cornbread didn’t cook all the way so center below was raw batter. I will make again but next time I will bake it without the batter and make muffins on the side. The flavor s were good but beware the cornbread didn’t cook through even after over 45 minutes. That is why I am giving it a three star rating.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! We’re so sorry to hear that was your experience, Pamela. We wonder what type of flour you used? Or did you make any modifications?

  66. Annie Mitchell says

    The recipe sounds delicious, but I can’t eat bell pepper. What do you suggest for a veggie to substitute for the filling?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Annie, We’d suggest finely chopped carrot for a similar sweetness. Cook until softened in step 3. Let us know how it goes!

  67. Denise Bory says

    I made the Cornbread and Black Bean Enchilada Bake recipe for dinner tonight and it was very good. Both my husband and I felt it could have had more filling under the cornbread topping and I had also added frozen corn to the bean mixture. It just seemed rather flat. Next time I will add more veg to the mix and maybe a another bean to round it out. Very good though. Served with guac and corn chips. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for the feedback, Denise! Your modification ideas sound great! Another idea would be to increase the batch size and cook in a larger skillet.

  68. Janice Short says

    Question. I have a 12-inch cast iron skillet, a 9-inch pyrex pie plate, an 8- inch pyrex baking dish. Any advice if any of these will work? This looks great and I’d really like to try it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Janice, we’d suggest using the 12-inch cast iron skillet and making a slightly larger batch (perhaps 6 servings?). Let us know how it goes!

  69. Rebekah says

    This recipe was wonderful with some modifications!! I did not have the ingredients for the enchilada sauce and so I made a chili instead. The added cornbread was perfect and this was so easy to make. Can’t wait to try it with the enchilada sauce next time.

  70. Mary says

    This was a great meal that came together quick. It didn’t appear to be substantial enough so I added another can of black beans. My husband and I both enjoyed the meal, as did our 3 and 5 year olds. Will def make again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Mary! Thanks for the lovely review and for sharing your modification!