Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

Add some zest to your next side dish for a BBQ or Mexican night with these delicious salty-sweet cheddar cornbread muffins with a spicy kick!

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins – Deliciously moist, salty-sweet cheddar cornbread muffins with a spicy kick! | thecomfortofcooking.com

There’s just about nothing I love more with a big pot of chili than a pile of warm homemade cornbread muffins. Taking a cue from my favorite slightly sweet and moist cornbread recipe, I jazzed up the batter with a little shredded cheddar and baked it up as muffins instead! The result: A batch of deliciously fluffy and flavorful muffins that are easy to grab alongside any meal.

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins – Deliciously moist, salty-sweet cheddar cornbread muffins with a spicy kick! | thecomfortofcooking.com

They’re pretty darn good with a drizzle of honey and a bit of melty butter, too! Yum yum.

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins – Deliciously moist, salty-sweet cheddar cornbread muffins with a spicy kick! | thecomfortofcooking.com

The chopped jalapeño adds a bit of mild spice, the cheddar makes these extra mouthwatering, and the honey ties it all together with a hint of sweetness!

For your summer barbecue or Mexican night at home, these muffins are scrumptious a staple, and simple to whip up. Just grab a bunch of basic ingredients and some friends who don’t mind digging into the most delicious homemade cornbread ever!

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir butter, sugar and honey together. Whisk in eggs and buttermilk. Add cornmeal, flour, salt and baking soda. Do not over-mix. As soon as the flour disappears, stop mixing. Fold in jalapeno and cheese.
  3. Divide batter equally between the cups of a greased or lined muffin tin, filling almost to the top. Bake for 25 minutes. Prick the center of one muffin with a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean. If not clean, bake for about 5 more minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

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  1. So delicious! I had corn bread for the first time a few months ago and it was such a great accompaniment to chili, I don’t know why we don’t have it more often here! Love the heat in these too.

  2. I love cornbread so much and the mix of the cheese, jalapeno and a little sweetness sounds perfect!

  3. Cheese and jalapeño in cornbread looks amazing – soft moist and very addictive :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. I love how you jazzed this up! A great combination of jalapeno and cheddar in cornbread. Love your idea of adding a drizzle of honey! I wish I had a warm batch to enjoy right now! :)

  5. Such a fancy muffin! Can’t wait to try these with a big slab of butter. Yum!

  6. Oh lord! I could live on these…my husband is gonna die when I make these!

  7. i LOVE jalapenos in my cornbread!

  8. Wow!! These look AMAZING! I love spicy foods, but never thought of jalapeno in cornbread! I have been needing to find the perfect cornbread for my chili, and I think this might be it!!

  9. these look delicious and a great spin on the regular cornbread! i love that it’s spicy and cheesy at the same time :)

  10. Nothing wrong with jazzing up some cornbread with cheese and spiciness! I love these and they do sound so perfect alongside a big bowl of chili!

  11. Huge fan of jalapeno here! The corn bread looks great, love the drizzle of honey idea, hot and sweet should be a wonderful combination!

  12. corn bread is a huge favorite in our house. These look incredible, and hubby would love the jalapeno!

  13. Talk about a savory muffin! Love the gorgeous golden colour of these.

  14. Love these cornbread muffins with a ‘kick’!

  15. Southwestern flavors in a muffin sometimes can really hit the spot. Yours do look pretty tempting here and I love a dash of honey with the heat. Great recipe-yum!

  16. Welp, these are fantastic! And you’re right, butter and honey always make cornbread that much more delicious. Mini is better too. ;)

  17. Wow this sounds goooood! Jalapeno and cheddar cheese in the corn bread? I’ll probably like this over regular one!

  18. Oh Georgia this sound like my kind of corn bread-spicy!

  19. These corn muffins look amazing. Mmm, and that picture with the honey dripping off of them- yum! I love jalapenos in my corn muffins.

  20. These look amazing, what a great recipe!! :)

  21. i have to make these considering i love jalapeno and cheddar so much. looks so delicious.

  22. I love corn bread muffins, the texture is just so great, adding jalapeno is like the missing piece of the puzzle, makes them complete and very delicious!

  23. These cornbread muffins look so delicious. A meal in itself. YUM

  24. This doesn’t even seem possible!!!! YUUUUUUM

  25. What Texan doesn’t love cornbread? Not this one, that’s for sure!! Love the addition of cheese and peppers…never had had them with honey, but really should try it!!

  26. thank you SO much for sharing this recipe! every time we have certain stews or chili, i think, ‘these would be great with jalapeño cornbread’ then i can never find the perfect recipe to try. i will definitely be trying these next time i get that craving (probably soon!) =)

  27. Anonymous says:

    Any tips for making these as mini muffins?

  28. I’ve never made them as mini muffins, but I’d suggest making the same batter and decreasing the baking time to 10-12 minutes.

  29. I bet the sweet honey with the spicy cornbread was wonderful!

  30. 5 stars
    They look so good. We had chili tonight, I wish I saw these instead of making those Jiffy mix corn muffins!

  31. These look fantastic! I’ve never made my own cornbread before…shockingly. This is an awesome adaptation :)

  32. These muffins look so good, Georgia! One of my favorite combos for a roll or muffin!

    OH, I keep forgetting to tell you that I made the baked chicken taquitos for Cinco de Mayo. They were really good except I couldn’t find the right size tortillas so ours were huge! lol

  33. There is something so comforting about warm freshly-baked cornbread… Mmm…. Your flavors combo makes me crave them even more! Yum!

  34. This is such a cool corn bread! I made one but huge one few days ago..can’t wait to try yours..I am on the spicy kick again:)) btw awesome pics!

  35. Terrific! I’m a big fan of savory cornbread muffins. Those sound and look amazing.



  36. I’m originally from Texas and love chili. I agree that chili and cornbread are a perfect match. The recipe sounds great and the photo is terrific.

  37. These look absolutely delicious!

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

  38. I have been searching for a good cornbread muffin recipe Georgia and this looks like a jackpot!

  39. What a great combination of flavors! I love sweet cornbread and the idea of cheese with it and a little heat sounds perfect.

  40. This cheddar cornbread looks heavenly and your photos, simply luminous.

  41. 5 stars
    This is comfort and deliciousness combine together….
    Beautiful Georgia!!!

  42. Mmm, jalepeno and cheddar sounds divine, can’t believe I’ve never tried it!

  43. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite ingredient combos – LOVE jalapeno and cheddar. And cornbread :)

  44. I love that these are in muffin form! And yes for the addition of honey -divine!

  45. My kinda cornbread, with cheese, a kick and some honey sweetness. I can taste it already! Great looking muffin-shaped cornbreads. Have a great weekend, Georgia!

  46. I love savory muffins! I just made my own jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffin version and I absolutely loved it. I just wish I had a bowl of chili with it!

  47. So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for stopping by to let me know! :)

  48. Anonymous says:

    5 stars
    These are insanely addictive! I thought they might turn out too sweet, but they are the perfect combo of sweet and spicy ^_^
    I admit… I maybe kinda ate one for breakfast >_>

    Definitely saving this recipe :) thanks!

  49. 5 stars
    I tried a couple of recipes for cornbread and sadlly they did not turn out so well, I think your recipe will turn my luck around with cornbread.
    Beautiful pictures by the way, I would have had a hard time photogarphing those

  50. Oooo, I want! These look so good; I love this savory cornbread!

  51. **Drool** These look amazing!! Your food styling looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing this recipe:)

  52. These look fantastic, especially served with honey. Yum!

  53. 5 stars
    I made these for the first time this week, and got rave reviews at my dinner party. The only thing I’ll do different is make a double batch in the future because they went too quickly! Thank you for the easy, deliciousness that is this recipe.

  54. Stephanie Lewis says:

    5 stars
    These were so good! I couldn’t stop eating them. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  55. 5 stars
    These are SO GOOD! My husband is skeptical when it comes to cornbread, but he loved these. I especially enjolyed the hint of sweetness, the soft inside texture, AND the crunchy outer rim. Mine baked for 23 minutes exactly, and I served them up with1am bone soup. Perfect. This is a keeper for sure. Mmmmmm. Thanks :)

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