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 Jalapeño cheddar cornbread is one of our favorite ways to enjoy cornbread. Jalapeño cornbread offers a cheesy topping with a kick of spice from the jalapeño. 

Jalapeno cornbread

A kiss of heat from the jalapeño that is paired with savory cornbread and freshly grated cheddar cheese. 

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

Now with this recipe, you can use homemade cornbread or opt for the box. It is all about your personal preference. I prefer a savory cornbread over sweet, and that is something you can pick to fit your tastebuds. 

What Is In Cornbread

Cornbread is a mix of cornmeal and flour. It has a grittier texture than flour due to the cornmeal. Cornmeal is just ground up corn. 

Do You Dice Up Jalapeno For The Batter

You are more than welcome to take a jalapeño and chop it super fine and mix in with the cornbread batter. This will offer even more jalapeño flavor in every bite. 

But if you want it more mellow just top it with a single sliced jalapeño on top. I tend to rotate what I do, depending on what I am serving the cornbread with. 

How to Tame Heat In Jalapenos

If you can’t handle the heat too well, you can deseed the Peppers. Just remove all the seeds and white part in the pepper. Then rinse well. 

If you de-seed to minimize heat I would highly recommend adding 1-2 chopped peppers into your cornbread batter, or else you won’t even taste the pepper. 

Jalapeno cornbread recipeWhat Size Muffin Pan To Use For Jalapeno Cornbread

I used a mini muffin pan for this recipe, but you sure can use a regular muffin pan. Since I added just a slice on top I thought mini muffins would give you that bite-size flavor. 

If you use a regular muffin pan just adjust the cooking time to ensure the cornbread gets cooked through. 

Variations to Jalapeño Cornbread

  • Spice | Tame down by removing seeds or add jalapeño to the batter to add more flavor. You can choose how hot or mild your make this. 
  • Cheese | If you want it cheesier mix in cheese with your batter, ½ cup. You can also swap cheddar for day pepper jack for more spice. 
  • Bacon | Consider topping or stirring in freshly cooked and crumbled bacon! 
  • Skillet | Pour batter into a cast-iron skillet or oven-safe pan and cook it that way instead of muffins! 

How to Store Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread

Store this cornbread in the fridge. Once it has cooled down a place in a covered dish or airtight container and store for up to three days in the fridge. 

When ready to eat you can warm up in the microwave or oven. If you do the oven just wrap the muffins in aluminum foil and heat at 350 for 5-10 minutes until they are warmed through. The aluminum foil will help protect them so they don’t dry out. 

Can You Freeze Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins 

You sure can! Just have muffins fully cooled and place them in a sealable freezer bag. Store up to three months in the freezer. 

Thaw in fridge the night before you plan to eat or on the counter. 

What To Serve With Jalapeno Cornbread

  • Baked Beans with Beef | This is our favorite baked bean casserole. Use the cornbread to slather up all the sauce on the plate. 
  • Butter Beans and Ham | Crumble the cornbread on top of your butter beans for added flavor! 
  • Memphis Dry Rub Chicken | I love cornbread next to grilled food. This would be a tasty pairing in flavor. 
  • Buffalo Chicken Soup | Here is a fantastic soup that would work great with this cornbread as well! 

Jalapeno cornbread

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

Yield: 24 mini muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

 Jalapeño cheddar cornbread is one of our favorite ways to enjoy cornbread. Jalapeño cornbread offers a cheesy topping with a kick of spice from the jalapeño.


  • Cornbread (box or homemade)
  • 4-6 jalapenos
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese


  1. Start by preparing your batter for the cornbread. Follow directions on the box, or homemade. If you want added jalapeno dice up 1-2 jalapenos small and place in the batter and stir.
  2. Spoon into muffin pan that is greased pan. Top with a handful of cheese, and add jalapeno.
  3. Cook as directed on your package or recipe.


This will vary depending on what size of cornbread mix you use. So make sure to check and see how much the box or recipe says it will make.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
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