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This Mexican cornbread recipe is a total winner! Moist and savory sweet, it’s filled with jalapeno, green onion and cheese.

Mexican cornbread

Want to spice up your cornbread routine? Try this Mexican Style Cornbread! Fill this crowd-pleasing quick bread with green onion, red pepper, and jalapeno peppers, then add a hint of Mexican-blend cheese. It comes out so moist and savory sweet, it will become your new go-to! (It is over here.) Pair it with chili, black beans, tacos, or even a breakfast skillet: it’s totally versatile. Here are all the secrets!

Ingredients in this Mexican cornbread recipe

Mexican cornbread is a Southwestern style cornbread that has added jalapeno peppers, cheese, and often other vegetables like onions, red bell peppers, corn, or green chilis. This recipe is not authentic to Mexican cuisine, but a American South spin-off using Mexican-inspired ingredients. There are a few boxed mixes for this type of cornbread, but it’s easiest (and tastiest!) to make your own at home. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yellow cornmeal
  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Eggs
  • Unsalted butter
  • Milk
  • Mexican blend cheese
  • Jalapeño pepper
  • Bell pepper
  • Green onion

Some types of Mexican cornbread use creamed corn, but we prefer our cornbread without chunks of corn. This recipe comes out perfectly moist, with just the right zesty flavor from the vegetables to make it irresistibly tasty.

Mexican Cornbread

Is this cornbread spicy?

No! This Mexican cornbread recipe is mild and carries more of the fruity, bright flavor of the jalapeño pepper than any heat. Our 5 year old doesn’t like spicy food, and he gobbled this up!

  • How to keep the spice level low? Remove the seeds of the jalapeño pepper before adding it to the batter. Make sure to take care when cutting a jalapeño to contain any juices from the vegetable, and wash your hands right away.
  • Want to make it spicy instead? Simply add the jalapeño seeds into the cornbread.
Mexican Cornbread recipe

Ways to serve this Mexican cornbread

Mexican style cornbread works with many types of meals, from taco night to Southern-style and Tex Mex meals. It’s even great for breakfast or Tex Mex brunch! Here are a few ideas for serving:

Mexican Cornbread recipe

More cornbread reicpes

Love cornbread! Here are a few more tasty ways to eat it:

This Mexican cornbread recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use 1 for 1 gluten free flour.

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Mexican cornbread

Mexican Cornbread

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


This Mexican cornbread recipe is a total winner! Moist and savory sweet, it’s filled with jalapeno, green onion and cheese.


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or 1 for 1 gluten-free flour)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¾ cup Mexican blend cheese
  • 3 tablespoons seeded and minced jalapeño pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 green onion, finely minced


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9″ x 9″ baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Whisk in the eggs, melted butter, and milk until a smooth dough forms. Gently fold in the shredded cheese, chopped jalapeño, chopped bell pepper, and minced green onion. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer with a spatula. 
  4. Bake 25 minutes, until puffed and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then slice into pieces and serve.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Mexican cornbread

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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    1. I’m making the Mexican cornbread and will be using GF flour and confused what does “(or 1 for 1 gluten free flour)” mean? Does it just mean 1 cup of GF flour? Thanks