Spicy Jalapeno-Cheddar Corn Bread 3 Comments

May 18, 2009

Four attempts at different recipes and my panel of hard-core tasters have picked a winner. This jalapeno corn bread is soft, moist, and bouncy with tiny specks of whole corn and jalapeno throughout. It has a light burst of jalapeno flavor but still sweet. It’s what corn bread is meant to feel and taste like! Serve warm. It’s a great accompaniment to the Chili Con Carne recipe.

I love trying and experimenting with new recipes that I’m not used to and love discovering things from other countries and cultures. But, I have to admit, I feel like a bit of a fake putting this spicy jalapeno cornbread recipe on this site.

My friends tell me that corn bread is one of the few dishes that commands extreme loyalty. From what I hear corn bread is handed down from generation to generation and most everyone has their own family recipe. If you’re from the South, multiply that many times over. So, I hope you enjoy this!


1 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flower
1 ⅓ sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
¾ cup frozen kernels thawed
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 medium jalapeno chili, chopped fine (cored and seeded)




Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 8-inch square baking dish with non stick spray (or unsalted butter). Whisk flour, ¾ cup cheddar cheese, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, chopped jalapeno, cayenne pepper and salt in medium bowl until combined. Set aside.

In a food processor or blender, process brown sugar, thawed corn kernels, and buttermilk until combined about 5 seconds. Add eggs and process until well combined (corn lumps will remain) about 5 seconds longer.

Using a spatula, make well in center of dry ingredients; pour wet ingredients into well. Begin folding dry ingredients into wet, giving mixture only a few turns to barely combine; add melted butter and continue folding until dry ingredients are just moistened. Pour batter into prepared baking dish; smooth surface with spatula. Top with remainder shredded cheese.

Bake until deep golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-35 minutes.

Cool on wire rack for ten minutes; invert cornbread onto wire rack, then turn right side up and continue to cool until just warm. Cut into pieces and serve.


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Spices Used

Cayenne Pepper

Other Ingredients Used



I am a huge cornbread fan and this one will go so nicely in my growing collection!!

Cathy - Wheresmydamnanswer, over 4 years ago

Happy to see you are back in the kitchen!
Cornbread looks great.

Stacey Snacks, over 4 years ago

First time I ever made corn bread. I made this for friends tonight. Big hit! Very tasty and moist. Try it with a little drizzle of honey...yumo!

—Elizabeth, over 3 years ago

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