Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread is moist, tender, and loaded with flavor...the perfect accompaniment for all of your favorite soups, stews, and chilis!
So...I'm posting this recipe today because cornbread accompanies soup, and soup is associated with cold weather, and maybe if we build it, they will come. Or, in this case, maybe if we act like fall temperatures have arrived, they finally will. Because, Y'ALL. It hit 100 degrees around here this past week. IN MID-OCTOBER. So if it's not too much trouble, everyone in central Texas please make a skillet of this Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread STAT so that we can put this confused weather craziness behind us.
Now about this cornbread... Oozing with melty cheese, studded with salty bacon, and peppered with minced jalapeños, this version is so tasty that it doesn’t even require soup to justify it. Feel free to change up the cheese if you prefer — Monterrey jack or even pepper jack would be yummy as well — but be sure not to skimp on the bacon, because hellooooo? Best. Part. ? And as long as you remove the seeds and membranes from your jalapeños, they should lend flavor as opposed to heat, but you can always omit them if peppers aren’t your thang.
I make cornbread so often through the fall and winter months that I keep a jumbo jar of Homemade Cornbread Mix in the pantry year round, allowing me to effortlessly whip up a skillet of golden goodness at a moment’s notice. If you enjoy cornbread with soup, stew, or chili, I highly suggest you do the same! It only takes a few minutes to put together a big batch of cornbread mix...and not only does it save you time when making a pan of cornbread, but it's also free of the additives and icky ingredients prevalent in most store bought cornbread mixes. Plus, you can easily jazz it up with other flavors, as evidenced by -- wait for it! -- this Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread!
So are you already enjoying autumn leaves and brisk mornings and pleasantly cool weather? Or, like me, are you sweating it out in a location that apparently still has not received the memo that summer is over? If it's the latter, I'm sorry. I commiserate. And I think that baking cornbread is clearly the answer. 😉
Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread Recipe
Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 5 slices bacon, cooked and diced (1 tablespoon bacon grease reserved)
- 4 ounces (1 cup) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 jalapeño, seeds & membranes removed and minced (more or less, to taste)
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place a tablespoon of bacon grease (or butter) in the bottom of an 8-inch cast iron skillet and place in the oven to melt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the melted butter, buttermilk, egg, and honey. Mix in diced bacon, shredded cheddar, and minced jalapeño. Using a pot holder, remove hot skillet from the oven. Pour cornbread batter into center of skillet, allowing melted bacon grease to spread to the edges.
- Smooth the top and bake for 20 minutes, or until surface is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool skillet for 5 minutes before slicing and serving cornbread warm.
- Instead of a cast iron skillet, you may bake this cornbread in an 8-inch round pan or in 12 muffin cups. If doing so, generously grease the pan/muffin cups with butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray (in lieu of preheating in the oven with melted butter).
- You may use regular all-purpose white flour in this recipe, or whole wheat pastry flour, or a combination of the two. I used half white flour and half whole wheat pastry flour for the cornbread in these photos.
- If you don't have buttermilk on hand, make your own by putting a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar into the bottom of a glass measuring cup. Fill the cup to the 1-cup line with milk, stir, and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, after which the milk will have thickened and curdled like buttermilk.
This recipe was originally shared at Lil' Luna in September 2015.
Cozy Soups to Enjoy with This Recipe
- Macaroni & Cheese Soup
- Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean & Chicken Soup
- Easy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup