RECIPE: Homemade Jalapeno Cornbread

by Texas Homesteader

When I’m looking for a new recipe I’ll do an internet search, read the reviews, pick a recipe and just go with it. If we like it the recipe stays in my rotation.

But each and every recipe I’ve tried for cornbread has been lacking something.  And usually a little on the dry side too.

Then recently a dear friend brought homemade cornbread to us. It was tasty, lightly sweet and perfectly light textured. We loved it!

I begged for the recipe and she shared it with me. (Thanks Virginia!) I made this cornbread with chopped jalapenos tonight to go with a hearty pot of ham and beans for supper. It also pairs nicely with my homemade Beef & Black Bean Chili. Absolutely delicious! Yes, I’ll share.

Homemade jalapeno cornbread that's tasty, lightly sweet and light textured. Add jalapenos for a nice kick! Baked in a cast iron skillet #TexasHomesteader

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Simple, Wholesome Ingredients

First I pulled out and measured the ingredients:  yellow cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder,  salt, milk, egg, vegetable oil and some jalapenos.  I love the wholesome ingredients in this recipe.

Then I preheated the oven to 425 degrees and placed my cast iron skillet in the oven as it was preheating.  I think placing the batter in hot cast iron gives the cornbread a nicer crust.

Mixing Up The Cornbread Batter

While the oven (and the skillet) were preheating I mixed the dry ingredients in a small bowl.  In another bowl I mixed the milk, egg and vegetable oil until blended.

Homemade jalapeno cornbread that's tasty, lightly sweet and light textured. Add jalapenos for a nice kick! Baked in a cast iron skillet #TexasHomesteader

Then I combined the ingredients in both bowls, stirring until blended.  I tossed in some chopped jalapenos and then stirred the batter just until the ingredients were fully incorporated.

I like my food spicy so I didn’t seed the peppers. But for a more docile palate the peppers can be seeded to reduce the heat somewhat.

Now I pulled the hot skillet from the oven and greased the bottom of the skillet with unsalted butter. This is to assure that buttery crisp crust that we love so much!

As a side note – look at that beautiful pitch-black flawless cast iron surface.  It’s had over 75 years of TLC and it holds many more years than that in its future!  (sigh….)  Oops, off track again…

Homemade jalapeno cornbread that's tasty, lightly sweet and light textured. Add jalapenos for a nice kick! Baked in a cast iron skillet #TexasHomesteader

Baking The Cornbread In Cast Iron

Now I pour the batter into the hot skillet and place the skillet back in the oven to bake. About 20 minutes later the cornbread is beautifully brown.

When I bring the skillet out of the oven I brush unsalted butter across the surface – just my preference.

We enjoyed the cornbread very much and it’s certainly now in my permanent recipe rotation.  🙂

Homemade jalapeno cornbread that's tasty, lightly sweet and light textured. Add jalapenos for a nice kick! Baked in a cast iron skillet #TexasHomesteader

Here’s the recipe – give it a try!

5 from 2 votes

Jalapeno Cornbread

A light, fluffy spicy homemade cornbread sure to please! #TexasHomesteader



  • 1 cup enriched yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-2 chopped jalapenos


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place cast-iron skillet in oven as it is preheating.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl mix milk, egg and oil until blended. Add chopped jalapenos. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and stir until moistened and fairly smooth (about 1 minute.)
  3. Carefully remove hot skillet from oven and grease with butter. Pour batter into skillet and bake 20 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

(Note: You can use an 8 inch cake pan that has been greased or sprayed instead of a cast iron skillet) Mexican-Flavored corn bread: Stir 1 cup whole kernel corn, 2 tablespoons chopped green chilies and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and follow baking directions above. Remove from the oven and top it with 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar or Monterrey jack cheese if you would like.


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63 thoughts on “RECIPE: Homemade Jalapeno Cornbread

  1. Monica

    This looks delicious! You know something funny… (or not – haha), I’ve used cast iron pans for several years now and I have yet to bake with them! I’m pinning this recipe for future reference. I love all things Jalapeño and it’s been a long time since I’ve made cornbread!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I love that my grandmother’s cast iron pan is functional either on the stovetop or the oven. I bake cornbread, biscuits and many other things in it. Long-lasting and infinitely functional – gotta love it! ~TMH~

  3. Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

    That looks amazing! I’m going to have to try it for sure.

    I adore my cast iron skillets, but yours looks amazing (especially for its age, haha!). How do you season it? I use shortening after washing to season, but starting to think maybe there’s a better way to do it.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I wash the skillet with hot water only (no soap) and scrub it clean. Then I place it on a burner that I’ve turned on, which evaporates any remaining moisture & heats up the skillet a little. Then I turn off the heat & give the skillet a quick rub of shortening. I love this skillet, it just improves with age! ~TMR~

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  6. Joanne T Ferguson

    G’day One word? YUM Pinned this and your Tomato Powder
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  7. ColleenB.

    just had cornbread the other night using my aunt’s recipe which is pretty much like yours only without the peppers. Hubby doesn’t like anything hot or spicy. He does like having cornbread with fish and that is about the only time I fix it.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I know my SIL will love this. He puts hot peppers in almost everything but leaves out the heat for me and hubby

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      We’re much like your SIL Colleen, I put jalapenos in darn near EVERYTHING! We don’t eat fish very often (my fault, not RancherMan’s) but I like do make cornbread in the winter with most any kind of meal – beans & rice of course but also pork roast, stuffed peppers, etc. It’s much quicker than other homemade breads & my RancherMan does love his bread. ~TMR~

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  9. Johanna

    Thank You so much for posting this recipe, I loved it! 🙂 I’ve never tasted cornbread before (I live in Sweden and we don’t have it here) but saw your recipie and had to try it. I’m so glad I did – this is definitly not the last time I make this! 🙂 Thank you again!

    // Johanna

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      That’s awesome Johanna – thank you so much for posting back & letting me know you enjoyed it. I love that it’s pretty quick & easy to prepare and it’s lighter & fluffier than other recipes I’ve tried. So glad you loved it too!! ~TMR~

  10. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    Cornbread is one of my favorite foods – and this sounds so good! I love the kick from jalapenos! Dropping by to let you know that your recipe is being featured at this week’s Freedom Fridays 🙂 The party goes live at 8:30 pm EST – hope to see you there ♥

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  12. Rhonda @wine-y wife

    I love ham and beans for dinner and we always have cornbread to go with it. I’ve never made it homemade, always going with good ol’ Jiffy mix. I’m pinning this recipe, so I can try it out soon!

      1. Sandra Conover

        5 stars
        It is a great recipe, one that I’ve used for years having found in on the package of corn meal in my early days of cooking. Always cook it in cast iron and it never fails. Recently took a couple of batches premixed with us to Minnesota. Cool day, ham and beans with hot cornbread…doesn’t get much better.

        1. Texas Homesteader Post author

          That could have very well been where Mrs. V. got the recipe she shared with me, Sandra. And you’re SO right, ham/beans/cornbread on a cool day – doesn’t get much better than that!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’m jealous of your jalapenos Emily – we keep ours so picked over that there’s nothing on our plants right now, really hoping to get a small batch before the first freeze! ~TMR~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Lizy, when the weather starts turning cooler I feel the need to be in the kitchen. And almost ALL of my savory dishes have jalapeno in them in one form or another. HA! ~TMR~

  14. Bismah

    Your meal looks so delicious and inviting! Especially the corn bread!
    Stopping by from the “Creative Home and Garden” hop. Following you on G+, Twitter, and Facebook. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
    Bismah @
    Simple Mama

  15. Kathleen Hall

    I make this same recipe, but reduce the sugar to 2 T and use whole wheat flour. It is also better if you can find whole grain stone ground cornmeal.

    1. Betty Taylor

      Looks like I need to buy me a cast iron skillet. I used to have one, don’t know what happened to it. Thanks for linking up with us at the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I am pinning this.

        1. Texas Homesteader Post author

          I think we’d all be interested in hearing of your experience with it, Avery. What a great idea. I know applesauce in the place of oil can sometimes make baked goods drier so I’d be interested in knowing if you like how it turns out.


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