Jalapeño Jack Cornbread Recipe

overhead shot of jalapeno jack cornbread baked in cast-iron skillet

Serious Eats / Carrie Vasios-Mullins

This skillet cornbread gets its heat from pepper jack cheese and jalapeño peppers.

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Adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks!

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 cup diced Pepper Jack cheese

  • 1/4 cup diced jalapeño

  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (218°C). In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, and baking soda.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, and egg until combined.

  3. Stir wet ingredients into cornmeal mixture, mix until incorporated. Stir in cheese and jalapeño.

  4. Put shortening in cast iron skillet. Place skillet in oven and heat until shortening is translucent and completely melted.

  5. Take skillet out of oven. Carefully pour shortening into batter, leaving a thin layer of shortening in skillet. Mix until well combined. Pour batter back into skillet and bake until cracked and golden, 25 minutes.

Special Equipment

Cast-iron skillet

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
201 Calories
11g Fat
21g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 201
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 655mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 224mg 17%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 144mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)