Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins are the perfect way to round out almost any meal with a little pizzazz! This easy to follow cornbread recipe has plenty of cheesy goodness, a hint of sweetness & just the right amount of jalapeno kick all baked right into moist tender, buttermilk cornbread. Soups, chilis and family style meals will never be lonely again!
Sometimes a meal needs that little something extra to make it feel complete. Instead of reaching for the rolls (as warm & delicious as they are) in those situations, grab your muffin tin! In just a few minutes, you can whip up your own homemade cheddar jalapeno cornbread muffins. Homemade, you say? Yes, from scratch! And it’s so easy you’ll never need pre-made cornbread mixes or packages again.
Your family will love them just as much as you’ll be proud to put them on the table. But make sure you put at least one or two aside for yourself. With the smell of homemade baked cornbread in the air and the promise of a little butter, they tend to be gobbled up before they’ve even had time cool off!
What You Need To Make Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread
- yellow enriched cornmeal
- self rising flour
- baking powder
- vegetable oil
- grated cheddar cheese
- fresh jalapenos
Tips for making the Best Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
- Grating your own cheese always makes for a better dish. We also like to use sharp cheddar cheese for this recipe for an extra cheesy taste!
- Also, keep a little cheese back when making the batter (instructions below in recipe card). Use this extra cheese to top your cornbread batter before putting them in the oven for an especially golden, cheesy, inviting muffin.
- For tips on dicing fresh jalapenos and avoiding the burn, check out this recipe.
- Don’t skip the step of preheating the muffin tin with oil in each muffin cup when preheating the oven. That heated oil will sizzle when the cornbread batter hits it, cooking the bread and creating that delicious crisp edge that we all love!
What to Serve with Easy Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
Almost anything just absolutely sings when these muffins are served alongside! Nothing beats them sliced open and topped with a generous pat of melted butter. Not looking for an entire meal? Add a slice of homegrown tomato for a lunch or afternoon snack that is simply off the charts.
- Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas & Ham
- Louisiana Dirty Rice
- Beloved Texas Red Chili
- Ultimate Okra & Tomatoes with Smoked Sausage
- Easy Louisiana Gumbo
- Easy Crock Pot BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs
Other Bread Recipes You’ll Love
- Easy Sweet Potato Cornbread
- Short Cut Pull Apart Rolls
- Savory Rosemary Cheddar Biscuits
- Fall Sweet Potato Biscuits
- Southern Cornbread Pudding
- Ultimate Short Cut Mexican Cornbread
IF YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE, BE SURE TO LET ME KNOW!
RATE IT, LEAVE A COMMENT OR SNAP A PHOTO.
Easy Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
- 1 C enriched yellow cornmeal
- 1.25 C self rising flour
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 C buttermilk
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/4 C vegetable oil (+ 12 tsp for muffin tin)
- 2 C grated cheddar cheese, (reserving a little to top muffins with)
- 1/3 C diced fresh jalapenos (about 1 1/2 - 2 jalapenos)
- Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Add 1 tsp of vegetable oil to the bottom of each cup of the muffin tin. Put tin in oven to preheat tin and oil while oven also preheats.
- In a large mixing bowl, use a fork mix together the dry ingredients- cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Set aside.
- In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and vegetable oil. Use the fork to mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until the batter is mostly smooth. Fold in all but a small handful of grated cheddar and all jalapenos.
- Remove tin from oven. Carefully tilt in a circular motion to cover lower sides of muffin cups with oil. Spoon batter into muffins into cups. (Hot oil should sizzle.) Fill cups almost completely full with batter. Top with leftover cheese.
- Place in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes before removing muffins from tin.
MAKING IT EASY TO HOST & SERVE
Disclosure ~ If a purchase is made using one of the affiliate links on this website we may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you!
If you like these recommended products, then you’ll love Southern Discourse’s Amazon Store!
Hey Stacey! These muffins look so dang delicious. Is it possible to freeze leftovers? Even as easy as these are I would like to have some for quicker meals. There are only two of us. I know I can cut the recipe in half but, I would like some for the freezer. Thanks!
Hi, Mary! These can be frozen for later! Just wrap them tightly in a freezer proof plastic wrap, and they should be good in the freezer for a month or two. To thaw, let come to room temperature, wrap in foil and heat in a 350 oven for 10-15 minutes. I like to put butter on mine while reheating to keep them from drying out.
Thank you so much. Headed to kitchen to start baking!
Hi! I’m making this amazing looking recipe tomorrow! When do we add the jalapeños? I only see to keep them out when mixing ingredients
Hi, Lydi! Fold in all but handful cheese + all of the jalapenos at the same time. You can leave a few out to sprinkle on the top right before you put them in to bake, if you like. Let me know how it goes!
Can this be made in a pan instead of muffins?
Hi, Amy! It sure can! It’s delicious!
Can you use buttermilk cornmeal instead of the yellow cornmeal and buttermilk?
Hi, Jill! This recipe does not use a buttermilk cornmeal/cornbread mix. It is a “from scratch” recipe. For it to come out correctly, plain cornmeal + the rest of the ingredients have to be used. You could substitute plain, whole milk for the buttermilk if you liked though!
These are absolutely amazing!! I made them tonight with a garlic/rosemary pork loin. Definitely going to be a well used recipe. How do you store the leftovers?
Hi, Nicole! That pork loin sounds like a delish partner for these cornbread muffins! I am so glad you liked them! Because of the cheese, I usually store leftovers in a plastic ziptop bag in the fridge. To heat up, I add a little butter, wrap loosely in foil and put them in a 400 degree oven until warm.
So easy and so very good! A huge hit with my family and Gourmet Club!
Hi, Rhonda! I am just tickled that everyone loved this recipe so much! You’ve made my day!
I don’t have self rising flour. Can I use regular flour?
Hi, Melanie! The self rising flour helps keep the muffins light and tall instead of dense and tight. It won’t affect the taste though. You can use regular flour as long as you know the results won’t quite be the same for appearance and texture.
I Made these today for Canadian Thanksgiving……… they blew my mind. The best cornbread I have EVER tasted. I highly recommend making these and will be making them a staple moving forward!
Hi, Lisa! Happy Thanksgiving! I am so glad you found this recipe and added it to your holiday meal! I am honored. You made my day!
I made these tonight and they were fantastic. They were a huge hit.
Hi, Tessa! I am just tickled you enjoyed these cornbread muffins so much. Thank you!
These are SO good! I even forgot to put the oil in the batter (I did put it in the tins) and they came out light and beautiful! Thank you for such a lovely recipe ☺️
You are so welcome, Elise! I am just tickled you loved this recipe. We eat cornbread muffins with just about everything around here!
Elsie S. Stewart
I tried this recipe and it’s really good. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to try the recipe.