Upside-Down Chili Con Carne Pie

  • Author: Mandy Pagano
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Casserole, Baked
  • Method: Baked, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


For the chili:

  • 1 lb (16 oz/ 454 g) ground beef
  • 1 3/4 oz (50 g) onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small can (4 oz/ 113 g) diced green chilies, undrained
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 c (4 fl oz/ 118 ml) beef broth
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 8 turns of fresh ground black pepper
  • a few shakes of paprika
  • 2 oz (57 g) shredded cheddar cheese

For the cornbread:

  • 4 oz (113 g) fine almond flour
  • 1 scoop (approx. 1/3 oz/ 10 g) plain powdered collagen peptides
  • 1 oz (28 g) granulated Swerve (or preferred equivalent sweetener)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • generous pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 stick (2 oz/ 57 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz/ 59 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs


Make the chili:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare a 9″ deep dish pie plate.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, begin browning ground beef.
  3. Once the beef begins really giving off its juices, add in the onion and garlic and continue to cook until the beef is cooked through.
  4. Add green chilies and spices to the pan and stir well.
  5. Add broth and tomato paste and stir well. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes over medium-high to cook a little of the liquid off and to thicken to your liking.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the pie plate and let stand while mixing your batter.

Make the cornbread batter:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, collagen peptides, Swerve, salt, and baking powder and mix well with a fork or a whisk.
  2. Measure out the heavy cream, crack the eggs into it, then beat the cream and eggs together.
  3. Add the egg/cream mixture and the butter to the dry ingredients and stir well with a whisk until smooth, then set aside.

To finish assembling:

  1. Before topping your meat mixture, add the cheese to the pie plate and mix to combine.
  2. Pour the cornbread batter over the top of the chili and cheese mixture in the pie plate and use the back of a spoon to gently spread it over the entire surface of the chili.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, until the top is set and fairly deep golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


This is great topped with a little sour cream and sliced green onion. Kick up the heat by adding some chopped jalapenos or a few generous dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

Per serving: 415.5 cal, 25.3 g protein, 32.5 g fat, 9.4 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber, 3.1 g sugar alcohol, 4 g NET carbs


  • Serving Size: 1/8 recipe

Keywords: Chili con Carne, Casserole, Cornbread, Upside-Down Pie