Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

This crazy good Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread gets its rock star status from two classic mix-ins: ooey gooey cheddar cheese and fiery jalapeño. The result is a kiss of heat blanketed by cheesy cornbread goodness.

We love this Fuffy Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread! This crazy good cornbread gets a leg up from two classic mix-ins: ooey gooey cheddar cheese and fiery jalapeño. The result is a kiss of heat blanketed by cheesy cornbread goodness.

I almost kind of miss the days that I could get by on boxed cornbread mix. Mainly because homemade cornbread is DANGEROUS, yo!

It’s hot, fluffy, and delightfully buttery… I can’t resist diving in for a second slice.

Or third.

Or forth.

Or… just hand me the pan and no one get’s hurt!

I’ve been measuring out my own dry mix and storing it in mason jars in the pantry and it’s so gosh darn easy to whip up a pan of fluffy + fragrant cornbread that no bowl of chili in this house shall ever go without it’s cornbread counterpart.

If you’re team cuckoo-for-cornbread you totally get my obsession right? I love it so!

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

Recently I decided to give my classic cornbread recipe the gold star treatment and jazz it up with fresh jalapeños and melty cheddar cheese. I mean, technically this is also a classic in it’s own right? It’s a fantastic combo that has been around for ages and for good reason too! The pairing is a total delight.

Did I mention that it’s freezer-friendly too? Oh yes! Enjoy a few squares now and stock the freezer with the rest for your next chili night!

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Recipe

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Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread




Yield 9 servings

Fantastically fluffy Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread FTW! This crazy good cornbread gets a leg up from two classic mix-ins: ooey gooey cheddar cheese and fiery jalapeño. The result is a kiss of heat blanketed by cheesy cornbread goodness.


  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Fage 2%)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 TBSP vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  •  1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese, plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh jalapeños (approx. 2 medium jalapeños)
  • 2 TBSP chopped green onion


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prep an 8x8 inch square pan by rubbing with butter or coconut oil.
  3. Combine yogurt, milk, and vinegar. Mix and set aside.
  4. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking soda, garlic powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  5. In a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat, melt your butter.
  6. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in sugar. Whisk until well blended.
  7. Next, quickly add your eggs and beat until well incorporated.
  8. Add in milk mixture and stir.
  9. Add jalapeños, green onion, and cheddar cheese and stir.
  10. Next add your cornmeal mixture and beat until very few lumps remain.
  11. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center to test for doneness. If it comes out clean the cornbread is ready! When it's at the 25 minute mark I like to sprinkle a little extra cheddar on top to get all hot and melty. Optional but delicious!
  12. Place on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool before slicing and serving. Enjoy!


Leftover cornbread can absolutely be frozen for later (woot) or stored on the counter for up to 4 days. I like to microwave leftover cornbread for a few seconds and spread with butter and a drizzle of raw honey. Warm and melty - YUM!

There are a few cornbread recipes on this little blog of mine if you’re looking for some variety. You can snag my Jiffy-style cornbread muffins HERE or try your hand at a sweet dessert-y blueberry cornbread skillet HERE.

Next up I want to start testing a Gluten-Free variety b/c everyone needs a good wheat-free cornbread in their arsenal! If you have one you love, totally let me know!

crazy for chili? try one of these!

If you get a chance to try this Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread, let me know!

You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • Shannon

    This cornbread was so amazing that I had to write my first fan girl comment – ever! I already love the broccoli cheese soup and decided to try another recipe from your blog….wow! Fluffy and light, just the right amount of cheese and jalapeño. Not the jalapeño cornbread of my childhood – better!

    • Shannon, you’ve totally made my day! I’m so glad you’re loving the soup and the cornbread recipes!! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  • Deb

    This Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread looks so delicious! Most cornbread is a little on the dry side, but yours looks so soft and fluffy! I’ve never made homemade cornbread before, but I’m going to make yours! Thanks for the recipe, Jenn!

    • Thank you Deb, I hope you get a chance to try it! Since realizing just how easy it is to whip it up from scratch I’m basically smitten with all things cornbread! 🙂

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