This Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread recipe is giving maximum, flavor-filled deliciousness that you will love! Sharp cheddar goodness, a bit of heat that’s perfectly balanced with sweet/salty notes, buttery, and wildly good. It’s incredibly moist and flavorful with homemade scallion butter for extra pizzazz. So easy to whip up and you can enjoy this cornbread alongside your favorite main dishes!

jalapeño cheddar cornbread cut into squares on white parchment paper

Hi friends! Today’s offering is meant for all of you cornbread lovers. Whenever I think of cornbread, my mind instantly goes to chili, soup, stews, gravy-laden dishes, and more. It’s one of my favorite breads out of all the breads. I’ve developed a few different variations over the years and am excited to share this one with ya. You’ll wanna make this jalapeño cheddar cornbread 24/7!

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread 🤩

I don’t know if it’s just a Southern thing or what, but pass the cornbread my way, all day, every day. This cornbread is cheesy and subtly spicy with a buttery, moist bite. There’s sweet + salty notes to undercut the heat of jalapeños, no worries! It can be enjoyed on its own or paired alongside a cozy main entree.

But wait, there’s more! I’ve paired this jalapeño cheddar cornbread with quick, homemade scallion butter. That creamy, green onion-loaded salted butter slathered onto the warm cornbread, YUM. Big, bold flavors all over!

More recipes: broccoli cheddar soup, louisiana red beans and rice, real deal southern green beans, my favorite creamy black-eyed peas, cozy beef chili, reader-fave creamy lemon herb butter ravioli, and my collard greens– whew.

jalapeño cheddar cornbread cut into squares with scallion butter on top

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs who I’m always so excited to partner with; all thoughts expressed here are my own. I’ve been a brand ambassador with them for some time now and love using their high-quality USDA Certified Organic eggs from free-range hens.

Their eggs come from small family farms where the hens are free to roam about in the sunshine. I like that their gold standard eggs are USDA Certified Organic, Certified Humane, and contain no antibiotics/hormones/pesticides. The best quality eggs you will find! ♡

jalapeño cheddar cornbread batter in large white mixing bowl with carton of Pete and gerry's eggs on the side

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Ingredients

(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card directly below.)

  • Cornmeal & All-purpose flour: The use of both produces a perfectly balanced cornbread. Each play against the other to provide the signature cornmeal taste, and the flour for structure and cake-like texture.
  • Baking powder: Gives the cornbread a nice lift as a leavening agent.
  • Salt: Balances out the other flavors for contrast.
  • Eggs: All about giving structure to baked goods…and you can surely lean on my friends Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs for high-quality!
  • Brown sugar: I love the touch of molasses it adds and ensures moistness.
  • Honey: The other sweet in this recipe, pure honey is so delicious.
  • Buttermilk: I find it disrespectful for a cornbread recipe to not have buttermilk in the ingredient’s lineup, ha! Real talk, whole buttermilk adds a distinct tang and flavor that is crucial while also yielding a moist crumb.
  • Cheddar cheese: I’m using sharp cheddar cheese here because I think the sharpness shines through beautifully. However, you can use mild cheddar and even others like Colby, Gouda, Monterey Jack, and Gruyère.
  • Jalapeños: We can’t make jalapeño cheddar cornbread without jalapeños!
  • Corn: Lovely bites of corn kernels in cornbread, swoon…but optional.
  • Butter: For richness, butter makes all things better ya know 🧈
unbaked jalapeño cheddar cornbread in large white baking dish

How To Make Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

(Note: please see the recipe card directly below for the complete written instructions.)

  1. Preheat & Prep. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a 9×9-inch baking dish with parchment paper or coat with spray, set aside. 
  2. Combine the dry ingredients. Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients well to fully combine and set aside.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients. In another large bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, honey, and buttermilk. Whisk the wet ingredients very well to thoroughly combine. Add the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and use a rubber spatula to fold together until just combined. 
  4. Toss in bits & fold in butter. Then add in the shredded cheese, jalapeños, and corn kernels (if using). Fold in until just combined. Lastly, pour the melted butter in and fold once more just until well incorporated.
  5. Bake. Empty the cornbread batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake the cornbread until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean, and the cornbread is golden brown and set.
  6. To make the scallion butter: In a medium bowl, stir together the softened butter and scallions until well combined. Stir in flaky salt- to desired taste. Serve warm jalapeño cheddar cornbread with scallion butter. Enjoy!
jalapeño cheddar cornbread wedges with scallion butter on top

Tips + Tricks & FAQs About This Recipe

You may have additional questions about this jalapeño cheddar cornbread recipe. Like other BBR recipes, I always advise sticking to the recipe as it is written in the recipe card directly below. However, here’s some extra info:

  • Gluten-free cornbread? I recommend using any gluten-free all-purpose baking flour as a 1:1 ratio. And while cornmeal is considered gluten-free, it’s always best practice to double check for assurance!
  • Buttermilk replacement. Plain kefir is a fermented milk beverage that is very similar to buttermilk. You can use it cup for cup as a flawless replacement. Otherwise, you can make buttermilk from scratch, too.
  • Cast-iron skillet cornbread. Feel free to transfer the jalapeño cheddar cornbread batter into a buttered cast-iron skillet vessel. On top of that, I also recommend placing the skillet into the oven to preheat (while you prepare the batter) before emptying the batter into it. Hello extra crispy edges! 😏

Storing Leftover Cornbread

This cornbread stays moist and delicious for a few days if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap/foil and stored on the kitchen counter.

Alternatively, I recommend wrapping it super tight in plastic wrap and then foil to store in the freezer to keep for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or in the oven until warmed through.

Cornbread fan? Peep my Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread, this Sweet Potato Cornbread, and these Stewed Black-Eyed Peas with Cornbread Biscuits

scallion butter in small white scalloped dish

Can’t wait for y’all to give this Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread a whirl. The flavors and textures just hit so good! Be sure to tag @butterbeready in your BBR recipe creations, I sure love to see it when you do. Until next time! 🤟🏾

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jalapeño cheddar cornbread cut into squares on white parchment paper

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread with Scallion Butter

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 40m
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread recipe is giving maximum, flavor-filled deliciousness that you will love! Sharp cheddar goodness, a bit of heat that’s perfectly balanced with sweet/salty notes, buttery, and wildly good. It’s incredibly moist and flavorful with homemade scallion butter for extra pizzazz. So easy to whip up and you can enjoy this cornbread alongside your favorite main dishes!


Ingredients

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For the jalapeño cheddar cornbread:

  • 1 1/4 cup fine yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs
  • 1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups whole buttermilk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 jalapeños, seeds removed & diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh whole corn kernels, optional
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled

For the scallion butter:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • flaky sea salt, to taste

Instructions

For the jalapeño cheddar cornbread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a 9×9-inch baking dish with parchment paper or generously coat with nonstick spray, set aside. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients well to fully combine and set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, honey, and buttermilk. Whisk the wet ingredients very well to thoroughly combine. Add the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and use a rubber spatula to fold together until just combined. 
  4. Then add in the shredded cheese, jalapeños, and corn kernels (if using). Gently fold those into the batter until just combined. Lastly, pour the melted butter in and fold once more just until well incorporated.
  5. Empty the cornbread batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top as needed. I like to garnish the top with a few extra bits of shredded cheese and sliced jalapeños as well- totally optional!
  6. Bake the cornbread for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean, and the cornbread is golden brown and set. Cool slightly before serving.

For the scallion butter:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the softened butter and scallions until well combined. Stir in flaky salt – to desired taste. Serve warm jalapeño cheddar cornbread with scallion butter. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Please read the blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.

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honey being drizzled over slice of jalapeño cheddar cornbread