Skillet Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Recipe

Amanda Powell | A Cookie Named Desire

There is nothing like a thick slice of jalapeno cheddar cornbread to add as a side to your dinner. It has the perfect blend of cheesy goodness and spice to satisfy any appetite.

As a kid, I used to love eating cornbread. Whenever someone would make it, I could eat a ton of it on my own. I would slather it with a ton of butter and just go to town. The only thing is everyone I knew made it from a box.

I actually thought it was impossible to make cornbread without a box for all of my childhood and most of my young adulthood until I saw Martha Stewart make it from scratch on her show. She added fresh corn and all of these amazing mix-ins.

Skillet Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Photo

My mind was blown. Seriously. My cornbread eating life was changed forever.

So, I went on a quest to make cornbread on my own and see if it was better than the box. A lot of recipes I tried used a mix of flour and cornmeal and while they were good, I wasn’t a fan of the texture.

Skillet Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Picture

I wanted something heartier that could hold up to sopping up chili and stew while still retaining all of its texture. I needed something that was all cornmeal.

I started playing around with an all cornmeal cornbread to find the perfect texture and structure that I wanted. I finally found it after a few years of searching and testing out different recipes. This jalapeño cheddar cornbread is my favorite version of that cornbread and the one I make the most often.

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It is nice and sturdy and has a ton of flavor thanks to toasting the cornmeal first. The cheddar flavor is prominent, and you get just the right amount of heat from the jalapeño peppers.

Pro tip: make sure when you are handling the jalapeños, use gloves and make sure you dice the jalapeños finely.

Skillet Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Pic

If you are looking for a hearty and homey side to dinner tonight, there is seriously nothing better than this jalapeño cheddar cornbread. 


Skillet Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Recipe

      10 Servings


  • 2 1/4 cups Finely Ground Cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil, or canola oil
  • 5 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 3 jalapeños Jalapeños, sliced and divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium high and add the cornmeal. Toast for about 5 minutes, then place in a bowl.
  3. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together with the cornmeal. Set side.
  4. In the cast iron skillet, add the oil and butter and heat until the butter is melted.
  5. While the butter and oil are heating, beat together the yogurt, milk, and eggs together. Finely dice two of the jalapeños and slice the third. Stir the yogurt mixture into the cornmeal. It will be very thick.
  6. Add most of the oil and melted butter into the cornmeal mixture, leaving just enough to coat the bottom and sides of the cast iron.
  7. Fold in 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and the finely diced jalapenos into the cornmeal mixture. Pour the mixture into the cast iron skillet.
  8. Top with the remaining cheese and sliced jalapenos.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving. 


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Author: Amanda Powell
Recipe Yields: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 164
Calories 334

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g
  Saturated Fat 9g
Sodium 549mg
Total Carbohydrate 26g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 3g
Protein 9g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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