This easy Jalapeño Cornbread recipe is moist, buttery, and slightly sweet with a generous amount of Colby Jack cheese and a kick of jalapeño spice!

Foodies who love mac and cheese, chili, or barbecued meats know that nothing goes with a heaping plate of comfort food like a buttered piece of spicy cornbread.


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Jalapeno Cornbread


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Best Homemade Cornbread

Cornbread is one of those nostalgic family favorites that go with just about everything. It’s hearty, easy to make, and always a crowd-pleaser, plus this version has a deliciously spicy twist!

While you really can’t go wrong with any kind of cornbread, this recipe is deliciously flavorful. Flour and cornmeal are still at the heart, but a little sugar adds a touch of sweetness that’s complemented by rich and melty Colby Jack cheese.

And don’t forget the jalapenos! Aside from adding a bit of heat to the bread, these peppers are packed with fresh, savory flavor.


How To Make Jalapeno Cornbread

Cornbread is really easy to make from scratch and of course, there are a million flavor combos from spicy jalapeno to sweet honey.

  1. Combine dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls (per recipe below).
  2. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  3. Fold in jalapenos and cheese and bake in a prepared skillet.

Once baked, spread butter over the top and cut into wedges (or squares) to enjoy.

Tips to Remember

How to make cornbread moist? Be sure to measure your flour and cornmeal carefully! Too much cornmeal can result in a crumbly cornbread, while too much flour will create a more bread-like instead of cornbread texture.

Another way to ensure a moist and delicious cornbread is to use whole milk. You can use regular milk, but keep in mind that it will change the texture of the cornbread resulting in a drier side dish!

How to store cornbread? Cornbread can be stored on the counter, in the fridge, or in the freezer.

  • On the Counter: Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out. It should last about 1 to 2 days on the counter.
  • In the Refrigerator: Once cooled completely, place in an airtight container or zippered bag. This helps to keep the cornbread from absorbing the flavors of other dishes in the fridge. It should last about 5-7 days in the fridge!
  • In the Freezer: Once the cornbread has completely cooled place in a freezer bag or airtight container and store in the freezer for about 2-3 months. Let it sit at room temperature to thaw.

For a warm melty cheesy cornbread, you can pop in the microwave until heated through or reheat in the oven!

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What Goes with Cornbread

Jalapeño Cornbread has just the right amount of sizzle when it’s served with creamy mac and cheese or chili topped with a dollop of sour cream, the dairy balances out that spiciness and it’s so good!

Try making this easy recipe to bring to cookouts, potlucks, and parties! Whether you’re making chicken, ribs, steak, burgers, pasta, baked beans, or soup, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t want to a square of this stuff on their plate!

In fact, you’ll find yourself making this recipe for meals and get-togethers all year long. Cheesy jalapeno cornbread is just as enjoyable at summer shindigs as it is at a Thanksgiving feast or at Christmas dinner! (This may seem far off now, but as you know, the holidays tend to come around quickly!)

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Jalapeno Cornbread

This easy Jalapeño Cornbread recipe is full of spicy, cheesy goodness and makes a perfect side to pair with barbecued meats, chilis, or comfort foods of any kind! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Author Rebecca



  • Preheat oven to 425°F and grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet with butter and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the milk, eggs, and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  • Fold in the jalapeno peppers and cheese and pour the batter into the prepared skillet. Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and spread the butter over the top of the cornbread. Cut into wedges and enjoy.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Sugar & Soul is where Rebecca blends her traditional roots and millennial imagination. She is a self taught baker, photographer and traveler with a business degree and a dream. Rebecca is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt, and currently resides in Central Maine. Rebecca will definitely inspire you to bake a batch of cookies or head off on a new adventure!
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