This Jalapeño Cornbread recipe is sweet, savory and perfectly moist with a spicy kick! Ready in 30 minutes, enjoy it with a pat of butter, some honey, or for dipping into your favorite soup or chili.
There’s no better comfort food than a piece of sweet and spicy crumbly cornbread to go with your favorite bowl of soup or chili!
Cornbread is one of my favorite types of bread because it’s extremely easy to make and it pairs well with so many foods. It goes perfectly with this chorizo chili, pinto bean soup, or chipotle sweet potato pork chili.
Jalapeño Cornbread Ingredients
This cornbread uses staple pantry ingredients, making it a quick and easy recipe for any weeknight dinner. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Creamed corn: Make sure to use cream-style corn to get the right creamy consistency instead of using just corn kernels.
- Sharp cheddar cheese: I like to add sharp cheddar cheese for extra flavor, but pepper jack, colby jack, or Monterey Jack cheeses are good alternatives.
- Jalapeños: I remove the seeds and dice the peppers to get a lot of the pepper flavor with only a little spice. If you really want to turn up the heat, keep the seeds in.
- Yellow corn meal: This helps give cornbread that great crumbly texture.
- Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt: Your staple dry ingredients.
- Oil, milk, eggs, unsalted butter: Your staple wet ingredients. Make sure to use unsalted butter so the cornbread doesn’t come out overly salty.
How to make jalapeño cornbread
- Preheat: Place a 9 or 10-inch cast iron skillet in the oven, then turn it on and preheat to 400°F.
- Mix dry ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Mix wet ingredients: In a separate medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, melted butter, and cream-style corn.
- Combine: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until well combined.
- Fold: Fold in the shredded cheese and diced jalapeños until just combined.
- Bake: Carefully remove the hot cast iron skillet form the oven and add the oil or butter to grease the skillet. Pour the batter into the skillet, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Is this jalapeno cornbread spicy?
This cornbread has a mild-medium heat, but It really depends on how you prepare the jalapeños.
- To make it less spicy, remove and discard all the seeds and veins from the jalapeños before dicing them.
- To make it more spicy, you can leave in the seeds of the jalapeños, or use a spicier pepper like serranos instead.
- If you don’t want any spice at all, you can omit the jalapeños all together and just have a regular cornbread or use green bell peppers instead.
Make this into muffins!
If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet or you want to make this into individual servings, you can! Here’s how to bake this in a 12-count muffin tin:
Preheat oven to 375°F and spray the inside of each well with cooking spray, grease with oil, or line with nonstick cupcake liners. Make the batter as instructed above, then pour it evenly into each well. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
I like to serve my jalapeño cornbread with pat of butter, or a drizzle of honey for a little extra sweetness. Here are some other dishes that I like to serve it with:
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup cream-style corn
- ¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 large jalapeno peppers, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon oil or butter
- Place a 9 or 10-inch cast iron skillet on the middle rack in the oven, and preheat to 400°F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, butter, and cream-style corn.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until well combined. Fold in the shredded cheese and jalapenos until just combined.
- Carefully remove the hot cast iron skillet form the oven and add the oil or butter to grease the skillet.
- Pour the batter into the skillet, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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