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Skillet Jalapeno Cheddar Homemade Cornbread | In true homestyle fashion, this jalapeño cheddar cornbread is baked in a cast iron skillet with bacon drippings for extra flavor!  Soft inside, with a mouthwatering crunch on the outside, this cornbread is the one you've been looking for! | https://www.thechunkychef.com | #cornbread #homemade #jalapenocheddar #castiron #homestyle
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Skillet Jalapeno Cheddar Homemade Cornbread

Homemade cornbread, baked in a cast iron skillet, full of great jalapeño cheddar flavor! Perfect on it's own, or alongside some spicy chili!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 310kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted (slightly cooled)
  • 3-4 Tbsp honey
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeños, seeds/ribs removed, minced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp bacon grease (or vegetable/canola oil works too)
  • additional jalapeño slices for top garnish
  • additional cheddar cheese, for top garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees and position oven rack to the lower-middle position. 
  • To a mixing bowl, add cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt, and whisk to combine well.
  • To another large mixing bowl, add milk, eggs, melted butter and honey.  Whisk to combine.  Add dry ingredients mixture and use a wooden spoon to combine.  Stir in jalapeños and cheddar cheese.  Stir until no flour streaks remain, but don't OVER mix.  Set aside.
  • Heat a cast iron pan over HIGH heat for a minute.  Add bacon grease and let it heat up and melt over the bottom of the pan.  Turn off the heat and pour in the cornbread batter.  Use wooden spoon to spread batter in evenly.  If using, top with jalapeño slices, and/or additional cheddar cheese.  
  • Bake 20-25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.


Recipe made and tested in a 12" skillet.
For an even browner crust, preheat skillet in the oven for 10 minutes, add bacon grease, return to oven for 3 minutes, or until fully melted, then add batter and bake as directed.


Calories: 310kcal