Chili Impossible Pie

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 23, 2020

Print This Post Print This Post Chili Impossible Pie is a chili and cheese crustless savory pie that works well for lunch or dinner. If you love a bowl of chili, you'll love this pie!

Chili Impossible Pie is a chili and cheese crustless savory pie that works well for lunch or dinner. If you love a bowl of chili, you’ll love this pie!

It’s Chili Cookoff time, and instead of a bowl o’ red, I’d like you to try my Chili Impossible Pie. It’s a bit of a cross between a bowl of chili and quiche, but less of the eggy-creamy aspect of quiche. Let’s say it’s a bowl of chili in pie wedge form!

How to make Chili Impossible Pie

Ingredients for Chili Impossible Pie on ShockinglyDelicious.comIt’s very easy! First, gather your ingredients. Note that I am using 85/15 ground beef (I don’t want to have to drain the fat), prepared pico de gallo (a mix of chopped fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro and jalapeno that you can find in the grocery store near the fresh salsas and guacs in the refrigerator case), steamed kidney beans from Melissa’s Produce (super handy to have them around), and Heart Smart Bisquick. Use whatever brands you prefer.

Ground beef cooking in a gray skilletSaute the ground beef in a non-stick skillet, until it is done.

Add chili spices to the ground beefAdd the spices. Although I am using individual spices (mostly so I have control over the salt, and because I have a well-stocked spice cabinet), you may certainly use a commercial packet of taco seasoning if that’s what you have and like to use.

Add pico de gallo to the ground meatStir in the pico de gallo.

Pour the meat mixture into the prepared pie dishPour into the prepared pie dish. I’m using a 10-inch glass pie dish because I was afraid it might overflow a 9-inch pie dish. However, you could also easily use a 9-inch square baking dish instead of a pie dish. In that case, you’ll cut squares or rectangles of the finished pie instead of wedges.

Scatter the green chiles over the mixtureScatter green chiles on top.

Scatter the kidney beans over the mixtureScatter kidney beans on top. If you don’t have or don’t like kidney beans, use pinto beans or black-eyed peas or whatever bean you like in your chili. (Or none!)

Scatter the cheese over the mixtureTop with cheese.

Pour the milk mixture over everythingFinally, pour batter over top.

Baked Chili Impossible Pie out of the ovenBake for half an hour, and voila!

Cut a wedge of Chili Impossible PieIf you’re serving as a main dish, I recommend cutting into 6ths. If it’s for lunch or you have other substantial things on the plate, you could probably get away with cutting it into 8ths. 

Garnish Chili Impossible Pie with olives and cilantroServe topped with garnishes such as chopped ripe black olives and cilantro leaves. Olives can be polarizing, so I like to serve them as a garnish instead of adding them into the pie. Same with cilantro. 

Chili Impossible Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 6

Chili Impossible Pie

Chili Impossible Pie is a chili and cheese crustless savory pie that works well for lunch or dinner. If you love a bowl of chili, you'll love this pie!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I used 85/15)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • Sprinkle of ground cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 10-14 ounces prepared pico de gallo
  • 1 (3.5-4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 4 ounces of cooked kidney beans (about 3/4 cup or so -- eyeball it)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup baking mix (I use Heart Smart Bisquick; use what you have)
  • .
  • Garnish: chopped cilantro, sliced ripe black olives, salsa, sour cream


  1. Heat oven to 400F degrees. Lightly spray a 10-inch pie dish or a 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet and add the beef. Cook, stirring every once in awhile and separating the beef, until there is no pink left, about 7 minutes. Stir in all the herbs and spices (chili powder through salt) and continue cooking for another minute or 2. It will begin to smell like chili! Turn heat off and stir in pico de gallo.
  3. Scrape meat and tomato mixture into the prepared pie dish or baking pan. Scatter green chiles and beans over top. In a 4 cup measuring cup, measure the milk. Add the eggs and baking mix, and stir or whisk until blended. Pour evenly over everything in the pie dish.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes. If you insert a knife into the center of the pie, it should come out clean. Pie will puff up slightly. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes; pie will deflate slightly.
  5. Cut into wedges and serve, garnishing with your choice of ingredients.
  6. Serves 6 as a main dish.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Hannah Brayshaw October 27, 2020 at 6:11 am

Hi Dorothy, I love the sound of this. We don’t have Bisquick here in Australia. Can you suggest a substitute?


Dorothy Reinhold October 27, 2020 at 4:22 pm

You can use any baking mix (it doesn’t have to be Bisquick brand), or probably use any pancake mix!


Ashley Marie Lecker October 27, 2020 at 5:12 am

This looks so delicious! I love using the pancake mix and all those yummy veggie in the chili!


Audrey October 26, 2020 at 12:45 pm

Nothing beats a good Impossible Pie, especially when the weather gets cool. And this is a fun way to serve chili with only one thing to make instead of a bowl of chili and some cornbread.


Karen October 24, 2020 at 11:32 am

One of these days I need to try Impossible Pie! This looks delicious and super easy!


Dorothy Reinhold October 24, 2020 at 9:51 pm

Beyond easy. You could make one in your sleep!


Wendy Klik October 24, 2020 at 5:02 am

Impossible pies are so fun to make. I love this version made with chili.


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