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Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Recipe

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread has that perfect cornbread crust. This classic Southern cornbread is studded with cheesy cheddar and diced jalapeños.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern, Thanksgiving
Keyword: cheesy jalapeno cornbread, cheesy jalapeno recipe, jalapeno cheddar cornbread, jalapeno cornbread recipe, southern cornbread, southern cornbread recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 200kcal
Cost: $9


  • 1 (10-inch) cast iron skillet
  • 1 silicon spatula


Dry Mix:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 2 jalapeños seeded and diced

Wet Mix:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk shaken
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil (such as grapeseed, avocado oil or vegetable oil)
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature

Scallion Butter:

  • 2 scallions ends trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon flakey sea salt


To Make the Cornbread:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Set your 10-inch cast iron on the stove.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the shredded cheddar and diced jalapeños and toss the dry ingredients together.
  • Place the skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter. When melted, swirl it around so that it coats the entire bottom of the pan, as well as the sides. Turn the heat off.
  • In a medium bowl or a large measuring cup, measure out the buttermilk, whisk in the eggs, and neutral oil. Lastly, pour in the melted butter (some butter remaining in the pan is great! don’t scrape it clean with a spatula). Whisk until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix no flecks of flour remain, being sure not to overmix the cornbread. Pour the batter into the buttered cast iron skillet and immediately transfer to the oven to bake until golden brown on top and until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes

To Make the Scallion Butter:

  • In a small skillet set over medium heat. Add the scallions and cook until bright green and softened, about 1 minute. Add a pinch of salt and mix.
  • In a small bowl, add the softened butter and scallions. Mix together until combined. Add to a small bowl and sprinkle the top with flaky sea salt.
  • Serve with warm cornbread.


Other Cheese Options: 
You could use other types of cheeses like smoked gouda, fontina, smoked cheddar or swiss. 
10 1/4-inch Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet | Silicon Spatula | Stainless Steel Bowls | Chef's Knife
To Freeze Cornbread: 
You can make ahead and freeze cornbread. Allow to come to room temperature and then wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Transfer to the freezer and keep up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge overnight and then warm up in a 200 degree oven. 


Serving: 6g | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 20mg