Easy Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

What’s BBQ or chili without some cornbread? And we’d add to that, “What’s cornbread without some chili peppers?” Jalapeño cornbread muffins are one of the tastiest sides known to man for rich barbecue flavors and chili soups, and we don’t think that’s an exaggeration at all. Plus, as the name states – these are seriously easy to make.

Easy Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

The corn bread’s sweet earthiness paired with the bright jalapeño bight pairs perfectly with that sweet spicy tang found in barbecue. It’s an easy recipe to make, so don’t let another cookout go by without them! This recipe works with most any barbecue meat, though we’re partial to saucy pulled pork or shredded beef.

Ready for more spicy sides? If you like jalapeño cornbread muffins, you’ve got to try some jalapeño hushpuppies. Seriously, these little bites of heaven will be gone before you know it. Or as a side to pair with these muffins, try some Mexican corn on the cob. This corn on the cob recipe is actually big enough to be the main course for vegetarians or those just looking for a break from hearty barbecue meats. And don’t forget the beans. These spicy cowboy beans are just waiting for some jalapeño cornbread muffin dipping!

Easy Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins Plated
Easy Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

Easy Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 160 kcal


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons jalapeño peppers green or red, minced
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, combine the egg, milk, and vegetable oil and whisk thoroughly.
  • In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the egg mixture from first bowl slowly into second bowl and stir until the mix is completely moist.
  • Add the jalapeño peppers and the corn to the mix. Stir until the chilies and the corn are evenly dispersed.
  • Spoon the mixture into lightly greased muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let the muffins cool for 5 minutes.
  • Remove muffins from the pan and serve.


Adjust the amount of jalapeño used for less or more spiciness.


Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 235mgPotassium: 194mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 7.2mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1.2mg


Did you make this?Mention @PepperScale or tag #PepperScale so we can see what you made!

UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on June 6, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on April 24, 2015.