Santa Fe Chili Bread
Try serving this bread with a favorite Tex-Mex dish, or use to make grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches.
Yield: One loaf
Small loaf (1 lb. bread machine)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup fat-free refried beans
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1½ tsp dried chili powder
  • 1½ tsp dried onion flakes
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2¼ cups bread flour
  • 1½ tsp RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
Medium loaf (1½ lb. bread machine)
  • ½ cup, plus 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup fat-free refried beans
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tsp dried chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
Large loaf (2 lb. bread machine)
  • ¾ cup, plus 2 Tbsp water
  • 1¼ cup fat-free refried beans
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅔ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2½ tsp dried chili powder
  • 2½ tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
Bread Machine Method
  1. Have water at 80°F and all other ingredients at room temperature. Place ingredients in pan in the order specified in your owner’s manual. Select basic cycle and medium/normal crust. Do not use delay timer. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, ½ to 1 TBSP at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 TBSP of flour at a time. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.
Mixer Methods
  1. Use ingredient amounts listed for medium loaf, combine yeast, 1 cup flour, and other dry ingredients. Combine water, beans, and oil; heat to 120-130°F.
  2. Hand-Held Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary.
  3. Stand Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Food Processor Method: Put dry mixture in processing bowl with steel blade. While motor is running, add liquid ingredients. Process until mixed. Continue processing, adding remaining flour until dough forms a ball.
Rising, Shaping and Baking
  1. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Roll or pat into a 14 x 7- inch rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll. Pinch edges and taper ends to seal. Place in greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. Bake in preheated 375°F oven 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from pan; cool.
  2. You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use ½ tsp Instant yeast (or ¾ tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.
  3. Recipe featured at Yesterfood.
Recipe by Red Star Yeast at