I love these jalapeño cheddar cornbread muffins with a passion usually reserved for cake (granted, cornbread is one of my favorite foods!). They’re a mash-up between spoon bread and corn bread, with an ultra moist texture and a pop of sweetness from corn kernels. The muffins are laced with melted cheddar with a gentle kick from fresh jalapeño.
Easy jalapeño cheddar cornbread muffins
This recipe comes from my book, Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker. In the book they’re paired with this Slow Cooker Beef Chili—the slight sweetness of the muffins is the perfect complement to the spiced chili. However, the muffins are also awesome with any type of soup or stew (like this Mexican White Bean & Chicken Soup, this Healthy Sweet Potato Soup or this Vegetable & Quinoa Chili), as well as with these smoked ribs!
How to make jalapeño cheddar cornbread muffins
- In bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour (regular or gluten free), baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, honey and melted butter.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated.
- Fold in corn (fresh or frozen), diced jalapeños and cheddar cheese.
- Scoop the batter into oiled muffin tins and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Can you make the muffins ahead?
Yes! The muffins can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days, or they can be frozen for several months!
Using buttermilk in the cornbread batter provides an ultra tender texture. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a hacked version by creating an acidic milk solution. Mix 1 ½ cups of whole milk with 1 ½ tablespoons of lemon juice. Let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it starts to curdle, before using.
Gluten free variation
These jalapeño cheddar cornbread muffins are so moist that you don’t even need any garnishes but you can absolutely slather them with butter if you wish! They make for a delicious accompaniment to soups and stews, including:
- Slow Cooker Beef Chili
- Mexican White Bean & Chicken Soup
- Healthy Sweet Potato Soup
- Vegetable & Quinoa Chili
- Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch in Under an Hour
Other dishes to pair with the muffins:
For a different cornbread variation, try this Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread recipe, which is baked in a cast iron skillet.
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Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins
- Oil or cooking spray for muffin tins
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour* (see notes)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- ¾ cup fresh or frozen and defrosted corn kernels
- 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray or oil.
- In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, honey and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Fold in the corn, jalapeño and cheddar cheese.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins, and bake until golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-22 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool 5 minutes, then remove the muffins from the tins (if needed, run a small knife around each to release it from the pan). Serve warm or at room temperature.
- If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a hacked version by mixing 1 ½ cups of whole milk with 1 ½ tablespoons of lemon juice. Let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it starts to curdle, before using.
- This recipe can easily made gluten-free by using a gluten-free 1-to-1 flour blend. I recommend this brand or this brand.
- When baking muffins it’s best to use a light colored muffin tin. This will prevent the bottoms and sides from turning too dark.
- For another variation, try this Easy Skillet Cornbread recipe!
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