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18 October 2019

This jalapeno cornbread recipe is incredibly moist with lots of spicy jalapeno peppers and cheddar cheese. Great for the holidays or an anytime side dish!

Raise your hand if you love jalapeño cornbread! You can’t see me, but my hand is nearly touching the ceiling right now. For me, there is nothing better than a moist, almost juicy piece of cornbread that is jammed full of chopped jalapeno peppers and a bit of wonderful melty cheese.

The only person I know who loves cornbread more than I do is my wife, Patty. She is CRAZY for cornbread and wants it even more than I do. That’s saying a lot!

What’s so GREAT about cornbread is its versatility.

What to Serve with Jalapeno Cornbread – It’s so Versatile!

Cornbread fits perfectly as a simple side dish to so many different meals, from big bowls of gumbo to chili to anything and everything BBQ. I can’t imagine BBQ pulled pork or BBQ ribs without my cornbread! You can also serve it as a meal starter, just a bit of jalapeno cornbread before the main course is served.

One of my favorite ways to serve it, though, is as dessert. Try drizzling a bit of honey over a slice of jalapeno cornbread. Guaranteed it will become one of your favorite desserts ever.

The only downside to cornbread I’ve ever seen is that it can be dry. Oh no! Nobody wants dry cornbread! I sure don’t. There is a secret, though, to making cornbread that is moist and not dry. You’ll find that secret in the recipe, and more on that below.

But first, let’s talk about how we make this awesome jalapeno cornbread, shall we?

Two slices of Jalapeno Cornbread dripping with honey

Ingredients Needed for Jalapeno Cornbread

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 14.5 ounces creamed corn (1 can)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped jalapeno peppers + sliced jalapenos for topping
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or use a spicy pepperjack for extra heat)
 

How to Make Jalapeno Cornbread – the Recipe Steps

  1. Heat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the milk, melted butter, eggs and creamed corn together in a small bowl.
  3. Combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and black pepper in a separate larger bowl.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together.
  5. Stir in the chopped jalapenos and shredded cheese.
  6. Pour the batter mixture into a lightly oiled baking dish and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the cornbread sets and when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  7. Cool slightly, slice and serve.

Makes 9 pieces of cornbread.

A slice of Jalapeno Cornbread on a plate, dripping with honey

The Secret to Moist Cornbread

The secret ingredient to baking moist cornbread is creamed corn. Creamed corn is made from sweet corn and includes the milky residue from the corn cobs. The added moisture transfers to the cornbread to a practically fail-proof recipe. If you don’t want dry cornbread, get yourself a can of creamed corn. You’ll thank me for it.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Make Double. This batch makes 9 good sized squares of moist and fluffy cornbread. You can easily double or even triple the batch and bake it in separate baking dishes.
  • Spread it Out. If you use a wider pan, you can make the same batch of cornbread, but thinner, so the slices are only half the size of mine. This will yield you roughly 18 pieces of smaller cornbread. This is a good way to stretch the recipe for larger gatherings. Just don’t bake it for quite as long.
  • Extra Jalapenos. If you’e like it extra spicy, you can easily include more jalapeno peppers into your batch.
  • Make it Cheesy. Cheese is another ingredients here that’s easy to include. I’ve use a cup for my recipe, but you can pretty easily include another 1/2 or more. Give it a go!
  • Jalapenos on Top. I like to add extra jalapeno slices to the tops of the batter before baking for an extra decorative touch. It looks great this way!
  • Drizzle with Honey. One of my favorite ways to serve up jalapeno cornbread is with a nice drizzle of sweet honey. Such a wonderful flavor combination.
  • Extra Corn. If you like your cornbread with lots of corn, add in a cup or 2 of extra corn kernels. The recipe will love you for it!

Patty’s Perspective

I will take Mike’s jalapeno cornbread any day of the week! I don’t care if he cooks it up in a baking dish, in a cast iron skillet, in big or little muffin tins, if he’s making cornbread, I’m eating cornbread! Mike likes to joke about how much I love it, but the truth is – it isn’t a joke. I love cornbread. Period.

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A slice of Jalapeno Cornbread

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

4.67 from 3 votes
Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe
Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This jalapeno cornbread recipe is incredibly moist and incorporates lot of spicy jalapeno peppers and cheddar cheese. Great for the holidays or an anytime side dish!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornbread, jalapeno, recipe, spicy
Servings: 9 Squares
Calories: 297 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 14.5 ounces creamed corn 1 can
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped jalapeno peppers + sliced jalapenos for topping
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or use a spicy pepperjack for extra heat
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the milk, melted butter, eggs and creamed corn together in a small bowl.
  3. In a larger bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and black pepper.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together.
  5. Stir in the chopped jalapenos and shredded cheese.
  6. Pour the batter mixture into a lightly oiled baking dish and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the cornbread sets and an inserted toothpick comes out dry in the center.
  7. Cool slightly, slice and serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Makes 9 pieces of cornbread.
NOTE: I like to add extra jalapeno slices to the tops of the batter before baking for an extra decorative touch.

I love to drizzle mine with honey!

Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 1177mg49%
Potassium 309mg9%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 520IU10%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 171mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

NOTE: This post was updated on 10/18/19 to include new photo, video and information. It was originally published on 5/19/14.

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10 comments

  1. 5 stars
    To.Die.For! This it the most moist cornbread I have ever made. It’s dense yet melts in your mouth. (Holds it shape instead of crumbling when you pick up a piece.) The spice ratio was perfect. Enjoyed biting into bits of jalapeno. Also enjoyed your honey-topping suggestion. Perfection!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome, Trish! I know, right? Took me a few times, but I got this recipe down! Super moist. I just love it. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Hello Mr Mike, in your opinion how do you think the cornbread would be by adding 2 tablespoons of veg oil and some sour cream?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Jay, I think it would turn out nicely. No issues that I can see. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  3. Kinney Baughman

    4 stars
    IMHO, as someone who has been making jalapeno cornbread for years, the secret to to a great jalapeno cornbread is to simmer the chopped jalapenos in a 1/4 cup of corn oil before adding it to the mix. If you can let it soak for a while before mixing it up, all the better. There’s something about the jalapeno oil infusion that helps permeate the pepper flavor throughout the cornbread. The cup of shredded cheddar cheese is another good call. It makes for a wonderfully brown crust. Finally, I like to put coarse diced onions, enough to cover the pan, with the oil before pouring in the batter. Yum!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I appreciate it, Kinney. I’ll bet your cornbread is outstanding.

  4. Robert Rowe

    5 stars
    Love it Mike, I use TendaBake Yellow Cornmeal (the texture is the best I’ve ever found) for mine, which is very similar to yours. I also toast whole cumin seeds in the cast iron pan I’m baking mine it, toss them in the mix with about 2 tablespoons of dried Epazote. My favorite way to eat Jalapeno Cornbread is with a big bowl of Pinto Beans with LOTS of pork and bacon in it.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Robert. I love the addition of the toasted cumin. I’ll have to try that next time. Definitely delicious with pinto beans with lots of pork and bacon! Nice.

  5. Mike this looks yummy! I love cornbread as much as Patty does! I am definitely going to try this. Love the creamed corn idea.

    Erica

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Yes! Thanks, Erica! I hope you enjoy it. Great stuff! Super moist.

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