It is the middle of football season, the leaves are turning beautiful colors, and the weather is on the cooler side. The combination of these things mean two things for me:

  1. It’s fall, my favorite season
  2. It is chili season!

I absolutely love making chili. When I moved to Nebraska from the east coast, I discovered the Midwestern tradition of chili being served with cinnamon rolls. This completely confounded me. I could not understand why you would serve an awesome breakfast food with a spicy soup. I have tried it and have to say that they are a great pairing!

With that being said, in my house when chili is on the stove there are not cinnamon rolls in the oven but sweet corn muffins. Growing up my Mom always made these wonderful corn muffins to go along with our chili. They are the perfect compliment to a hot and spicy bowl of chili. I encourage you to be adventurous and try these instead of cinnamon rolls with your chili!

Happy baking!


My Mom’s Corn Muffins

Makes 12 muffins



  • 1-1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup skim or 1% milk
  • ¾ cup canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together cornmeal, flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a different bowl, mix together milk, egg, and oil.
  4. Pour milk mixture into the cornmeal mixture and stir until just combined (there will still be lumps but fight the urge to stir them all out).
  5. Divide batter equally into 12-cup muffin tin.
  6. Bake muffins for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted in the center and come out clean.
  7. Allow muffins to cool in tin for 10 minutes before removing.

corn muffins

Kelsey Bair

Kelsey Bair is a registered dietitian, daughter of God, wife of an amazing husband, and owner of one crazy Golden Retriever. She has a passion for connecting people with the truths behind nutritious eating and helping healthy food taste good. Kelsey is currently one of the registered dietitians at Kearney Hy-Vee where she loves being able to share her passion of nutrition with the people of Kearney and surrounding communities. When she is not sharing nutrition information at Hy-Vee, Kelsey loves to bake/cook, read, spread time with family and friends, along with volunteer with her church. She hopes that her posts can give you some great ideas for new and exciting cooking experiences!