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This Mexican cornbread is light, fluffy, and filled with cheddar cheese and jalapeño. It has a bit of a nip and a lot of flavor.

While you can’t beat a classic cornbread, it’s sometimes nice to kick up the flavor a notch. This Mexican cornbread is even spicier and cheesier than our Jalapeño Cornbread and pairs perfectly with any of our Mexican soups like White Chicken Chili.

Cutting a slice of Mexican Cornbread out of a cast iron skillet.

A Perfect Soup Companion

This Mexican cornbread is the perfect side dish for any of your fall soups or chilis—especially with a Mexican soup, like Mexican Chicken Corn Soup or even Taco Soup.

If you’re eating soup, though, it’s pretty much mandatory that you have some delicious bread to go with it (we prefer cornbread).

This Mexican cornbread fits the bill perfectly. It’s loaded with cheesy jalapeño flavor, and takes just a few minutes to mix up. Pop it in the oven while your soup is simmering, and you’ll have dinner on the table in no time!

Adding shredded cheese and diced jalapenos to a batter of cornmeal.

A One Bowl Recipe!

This Mexican cornbread recipe can be mixed up in one bowl, with no stand mixer required, and uses ingredients that I nearly always have on hand. It’s perfect for a busy night when I just need something easy and delicious!

PREP. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9 or 10-inch cake pan or cast iron skillet, and set aside.

MIX. Whisk together the dry ingredients—cornmeal, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt—in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center and add the oil, beaten eggs, and milk.

Stir together until just moistened and no dry spots remain. Fold in the chopped jalapeños and cheddar cheese.

BAKE. Pour the batter into your prepared pan or skillet, and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Cornbread filled with diced jalapenos in a cast iron skillet.

Recipe Tips

This Mexican cornbread casserole is so simple! Change it up with any of these ideas.

Additions. Feel free to add some extra ingredients/vegetables for color or flavor! You could include bell peppers (red, green, or orange), green onions, a small can of green chilies, or some frozen corn.

Cheese. We used cheddar cheese for this recipe, but a Mexican blend, Monterey Jack cheese, or pepper jack cheese would work great too!

Spicy. Don’t be put off by this recipe if you’re not a big fan of spicy food! Removing the ribs and seeds from the jalapeños makes them much more tame. If you like things a little spicier, leave the ribs on the jalapeños, or even use two jalapeño peppers.

Crispy crust. If you are using a metal or glass baking pan, cover the pan with butter before adding the batter. The butter will help give a crispier crust. You do not need to add butter when using a cast iron skillet.

STORE. This recipe for Mexican cornbread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the fridge for several days.

FREEZE. Wrap this best Mexican cornbread with plastic wrap and again with aluminum foil and freeze it for 1-2 months. Defrost and then reheat in the oven. 

A slice of cheesy Mexican cornbread on a white plate.

Recipe FAQ

What do I bake Mexican cornbread in?

I love using my cast iron skillet because it makes it super crisp around the edges. However, a greased 9 or 10-inch cake pan works too, as does a glass baking dish!

Can I make Mexican cornbread muffins?

Absolutely! Grease the wells of a muffin pan. Pour the batter into greased muffin tins, filling each about two-thirds full. The muffins will bake faster than a full loaf so start checking for doneness around 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

What type of cornmeal do I use to make cornbread?

You can use regular yellow cornmeal. It provides a classic and traditional flavor to the cornbread. However, if you prefer a slightly sweeter taste, use white cornmeal instead. Avoid using Jiffy cornbread mix as it already includes ingredients such as flour, sugar, and a leavening agent.

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4.97 from 109 votes

Mexican Cornbread Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This Mexican cornbread is light, fluffy, and filled with cheddar cheese and jalapeño. It has a bit of a nip and a lot of flavor.
Servings: 8
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • cup buttermilk
  • 1 jalapeno medium, chopped, seeds removed
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese shredded
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9 or 10-inch cake pan or cast iron skillet, and set aside. Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Make a well in the center and add the oil, beaten eggs, and milk. Whisk together until just moistened and no dry spots remain. Fold in the chopped jalapeños and cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 268mg, Potassium: 284mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 194mg, Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Mexican
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49 Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    5 stars
    All my favorite flavors packed into cornbread! YUM – this recipe is a keeper!

  2. Betsy says:

    5 stars
    This cheesy, slightly spicy, cornbread is AMAZING! LOVE it with White Chili! So much flavor ! Moist & delicious! Great idea to cook it in my cast iron skillet! Perfection!!

  3. April says:

    5 stars
    My favorite cornbread recipe! It’s especially good since I like my chili a little on the sweeter side, so this adds a nice little kick to dinner to round it all out! Love it!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I’m so glad you love the recipe! A nice balance with your chili… I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Tammy says:

    5 stars
    My husband loved this cornbread.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yay!! So happy to hear that!

  5. JaneAnn says:

    5 stars
    I used an 8” Wilton cake pan with parchment paper cut to fit the bottom. Grease the inside with Crisco Shorting. It was delicious! Freezes well too.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Thanks for sharing what you did! And yes, it a great one to freeze!

  6. Dennis says:

    I’ve yet to try the recipe, but am going to as soon as possible; looks and sounds delicious.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yay!! Hope you enjoy it!

  7. Kristina says:

    5 stars
    Nice twist to cornbread. I’ll have to make some Tao soup so go along with this delicious recipe.

  8. Joy says:

    5 stars
    The jalapeno definitely adds a nice little kick, which we love. This will be great to serve with any Mexican dish!

  9. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    A quick and easy cornbread full of cheese and jalapeños. A nice side dish for your Mexican food.

  10. Jessica Burgess says:

    5 stars
    Oh yum!!! I made this today so I could know if I wanted to make it for Cinco de Mayo and I LOOOVED it! Sooo good, thank you!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing! I’m so happy you enjoyed the cornbread.