Chili and cornbread cups are a new spin on a classic combo. Make your cornbread into muffins, hollow out the centers, fill them with a simple and delicious beef chili and they become party-worthy. These are our most basic and simple recipes for cornbread and chili — make them as described or make the cornbread in a 9 x 13-inch pan, add some bacon or jalapenos and serve it in big slabs alongside bowls of chili. These are the kind of recipes that you can play with. Any way you decide to make them, they’ll be delicious.

Molly Quirk is executive chef and owner of Sips & Bites Catering.