This cheesy cornbread recipe is a delicious twist from the traditional cornbread. Moist, delicious, and cheesy, this is the BEST cornbread recipe, and then to top it off, whipped honey butter adds even more deliciousness.
Cornbread is another southern staple that many who grew up below the Mason Dixon line are familiar with. As common as biscuits are for breakfast, that’s how often you’ll see cornbread on the table for lunch or dinner. Unlike biscuits, however, that we southerners like to leave pretty well alone, we like to have fun mixing things up with our cornbread. You’ll often see cornbread with cracklings mixed in. For the uninitiated, cracklings are basically, small, extra crunchy pork rinds.
Another thing we like to do with our cornbread is to add in ingredients like jalapeno peppers, cheese, and other Tex-Mex staples. That’s especially common here in Texas. Today, I’m sharing my easy, cheesy cornbread recipe with all of you. Get ready to drool!
This cheesy cornbread is a Tex-Mex favorite here in Texas and especially among my family. It’s loaded with delicious cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and even some sour cream. It has the great texture and flavor we all love in classic cornbread, and it’s kicked up several notches with the addition of the cheese and the jalapenos. It makes a great addition to lunch or dinner, and I’ve even served it for breakfast on occasion.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about this cheesy corn bread, then read on. This FAQ covers all the most common questions about cornbread, so it’s worth taking a minute or two to read it over.
Can cornbread be left out overnight?
Yes. Freshly baked cornbread can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days. Just keep it covered.
How do you add flavor to cornbread?
Cornbread on its own is a classic southern flavor that’s really good. If you want to add even more flavor and still keep it feeling like classic cornbread, try adding ⅓ cup of sour cream. It makes the cornbread extra moist and adds a little tang. If you’re making plain cornbread, you can also use buttermilk in place of regular milk for an extra tender pone that has a great tang to it.
Can you freeze cornbread?
Absolutely. Just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then store it in a large, heavy-duty freezer bag.
What is cornbread good with?
Cornbread is good with almost anything, it really does make the perfect side dish, especially pretty much all southern dishes. Some classic pairings include:
- Honey butter
Those are just a few. Cornbread is so good, you can pair it with almost anything. It’s always great!
How do you keep cornbread moist?
You can try a few different things to help keep your cornbread moist if you find that it often comes out too dry.
- Add an egg
- Add more flour
- And, add sour cream
What makes cornbread gritty?
That classic gritty texture comes from the cornmeal itself. It’s a roughly-ground grain, unlike the flour you combine it with, which is fine. That rough grind makes for the classic gritty texture.
How to Store Cheesy Cornbread
Store your cheesy cornbread in a covered container. You can store it at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
One of the best parts of cornbread is how easy it is to change things up. There are several things you can do with cornbread to make it your own. Take this base recipe and do any of the following to make it a bit different.
- Use your favorite cheese
- Add green chilis in place of diced jalapeno
- Add sliced hot dogs to the batter – instant corndogs!
You can also cook the cornbread in a cast iron skillet to give it more of a crunch around the edges, or you can even make the cornbread into muffins. The possibilities are endless.
Cheesy Cornbread Ingredients
It only takes a few simple, basic ingredients to make this delicious cornbread. You’ll probably have them all in your kitchen, except maybe for the jalapenos or green chilis. If you like spicy food, you might even have those!
- Marie Callender’s cornbread mix
- Sour cream
- Large egg
- Jalapenos or green chilies
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Unsalted butter
How to Make Cheesy Cornbread
Making this cornbread is as easy as gathering the ingredients. It only takes a few simple steps, and you’ll have yourself some tasty, spicy, cheesy cornbread that’s perfect with almost anything.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Measure your ingredients, and prep your vegetables. Then, add the cornbread mix to a large bowl.
Step 2: Combine the Wet Ingredients
In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, water, eggs, onions, and jalapenos or green chilis until combined.
Step 3: Make the Batter
Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Then, fold in 1 ⅔ cup of cheese to the mixture.
Step 4: Bake
Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and top it with the remaining cheese. Then bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Step 5: Make the Honey Butter
In a small mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on high speed to beat the honey and butter together until creamy and smooth. Serve with the cornbread and enjoy!
Try This Delicious Cheesy Cornbread Recipe Today
This delicious cheesy cornbread has just the right amount of crumble to its tenderness, delicious cheese flavor, and even more flavor and heat thanks to the addition of jalapenos or green chilis. Give this recipe a try, and I know you’ll love it as much as my family does. It’s the perfect addition to any lunch or dinner – or even breakfast! Once you make it once, you’ll find that it pops up in your recipe rotation quite often!
Looking for More Easy Side Dishes
Spicy Cheesy Corn Tortilla Bake – Loaded with two different types of cheese, corn, green onions and delicious corn tortillas, topped with sour cream and then smothered with a diced green chilies and a buttermilk mixture. Yum!
Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread – A traditional cornbread recipe that has diced jalapenos and cheddar cheese mixed in. It’s a delicious cornbread recipe that packs a punch of flavor.
Hot Corn Salad – The perfect side dish for all occasions, or a super easy appetizer that will definitely please a crowd. This hot corn salad is made with corn, sour cream, cheese, Fritos, and baked until hot and creamy.
Here’s a Green Chili Corn Casserole from Deliciously Seasoned. This casserole is filled with corn, chilies, garlic, eggs, cheese, and more.
For the Cheesy Cornbread
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
For the Cheesy Cornbread
- In a large bowl, add cornbread mix.
- Using a small bowl, stir sour cream, water, egg, onions, and jalapenos together until combined.
- Pour sour cream mixture into large bowl with cornbread mix. Stir to combine.
- Add 1 ⅔ cup of cheese into mixture. Stir.
- Spoon batter into prepared baking dish.
- Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For the Honey Butter
- In a small mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and honey together until smooth and fluffy.
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