RECIPE: Homemade Jalapeno Cornbread Baked In Cast Iron Skillet

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

This simple, moist and zesty jalapeno cornbread recipe is on tight rotation in my Homestead kitchen. Lightly sweet cornbread that bakes up fast in a cast-iron skillet. You can leave out the jalapenos if you don’t like spicy food. Either way – your choice!

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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Searching For A Good Cornbread Recipe

Every cornbread recipe I’ve tried 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!)

RancherMan is a certified bread-a-holic. So I’m aaaalways baking bread!

You can see all my Bread Recipes here –> All our best bread recipes in one place. #TexasHomesteader

Cornbread is the easiest bread to bake. And this one is absolutely delicious! 

Simple, Wholesome Ingredients

First I pulled out and measured the ingredients for my homemade Cornbread: 

      • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

      • 1 cup all-purpose 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 (Can omit for milder cornbread)

I love the simple & wholesome ingredients in this recipe.

The oven was preheated to 425ºF. and I 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, don’t you?

Mixing Up The Cornbread Batter

While the oven (and the skillet) were preheating I mixed the dry ingredients in a small bowl. 

Then in a separate 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

I combined the ingredients in both bowls, stirring until blended. Finally, 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.

Or heck, leave them out completely if you’re not into spicy food. The cornbread is delicious either way.

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 of my grandmother’s antique skillet. It’s had almost 100 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 golden brown.

When I bring the cornbread out of the oven I brush unsalted butter across the surface – just my preference. The butter sizzles as it runs to the hot surfaces of the cast iron.

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

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

What Can You Serve With Cornbread?

Most folks love cornbread! I’m often asked to bring my homemade cornbread to covered dish affairs or as part of Meal Ideas For Taking Food To A Family.

But here on the Homestead I most often make cornbread to pair with our meals:

Homemade Beef & Black Bean Chili.

Easy Homemade Stew using leftover roast

One of my Many Soup Recipes

A big pot of Instant Pot Pinto Beans with or without Flavored Rice.

Our favorite homemade Chicken & Dumplings

Homemade chicken & dumplings are a favorite bone-warming meal on our Homestead. #TexasHomesteader

Whatever you serve with it, this fluffy cornbread is sure to cap off the meal beautifully. Here’s the recipe as Ms. V. gave it to me. Give it a try!

5 from 3 votes

Jalapeno Cornbread

A light, fluffy spicy homemade cornbread recipe sure to please! Bake in a cast iron skillet for those lightly-crispy buttery edges! #TexasHomesteader

Course bread
Cuisine American
Keyword cast iron, cornbread, jalapeno, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Servings 9 people


  • 1 Cup Enriched yellow corn meal
  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable oil
  • 1-2 Chopped jalapenos,


  1. Preheat oven to 425℉. Place cast-iron skillet in oven as it is preheating to get skillet surface hot.

  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 Cornbread: 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 desired.


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26 thoughts on “RECIPE: Homemade Jalapeno Cornbread Baked In Cast Iron Skillet

  1. Thelma Briggs

    5 stars
    Yes, my cornbread of past days always turned out dry – but LOVE this recipe! And I get lots of compliments too. I always add jalapenos but when we have company who don’t like spicy food I leave the jalapenos off of one side. That way everyone gets what they want & I still get to enjoy delicious spicy jalapeno cornbread.

  2. 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!

  3. Alia

    A restaurant we used to go to had jalepeno cornbread that I LOVED, but it closed down. So yay! Now I can make my own 🙂

  4. Jessica

    This looks great. I use my cast iron often, but I’ve never tried baking in them!

  5. 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.

  6. Lauryn

    I just can’t wait to try this! Sounds delicious. I love jalapenos!

  7. Amanda @ The Kolb Corner

    I was just telling my husband the other day that I wanted some chilli and cornbread. I think I’ll have to use this recipe! And that is a BEAUTIFUL cast iron pan 😉 Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  8. 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

  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

  10. Evelyn @ My Turn for us

    You totally nailed this recipe!! I love cornbread and adding the jalapeños just rocked it!! And of course we just had to feature it this week at Freedom Fridays!!!

    Hugs and Happy New Year fellow Texan!!

  11. 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 ♥

  12. Kathe

    I just made cornbread in my cast iron skillet a week or so ago! None better in my book 🙂 Pinning your recipe as Mr. B likes his food spicy!

  13. 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!

  14. Nancy W

    I love cornbread! Thanks for sharing the recipe, can’t wait to try it!

  15. Emily @ Simple Life Of A Fire Wife

    I’ve still got jalapenos coming out like crazy in my garden so I’ve been trying to find new ways to use them up. Definitely will give this a try! Thanks for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

  16. Sarah

    As a fellow Texan and cornbread lover, I feel that it is my duty to make this recipe! Yum!

  17. Brenda Young

    I love a good cast iron Recipe! And love southern cooking, we’ll have to give this one a Go! Thanks for sharing!

  18. 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

  19. Madge @ The View From Right Here

    Cornbread is one of my favorite things in life!

  20. 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. Avery

        5 stars
        I’m going to try using some apple sauce instead of sugar and oil


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