Jalapeño Cheddar Quick Bread Recipe

Jalapeño and cheddar cheese quick bread sliced

The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 48 mins
Total: 63 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
178 Calories
6g Fat
23g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 178
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 469mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 217mg 17%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 91mg 2%
*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.)

Our easy recipe for jalapeño bread makes an excellent accompaniment to all sorts of dishes, from soups and chilis to stews. It's also delicious on its own with some butter or perhaps a generous dollop of cream cheese. Quick breads are convenient because there's no lengthy proofing time, so the batter can go straight into the oven as soon as it's mixed. Ready in a little over an hour, this bread is a great side for breakfast dishes, or it can be a light dinner or lunch when served with a salad and some slices of charcuterie and cheese.

The bread is made with simple, everyday pantry ingredients along with lots of shredded cheese and minced, fresh jalapeño chile peppers. The spiciness level is ultimately up to you, but we recommend starting small and upping it from there in future batches, as not everyone has a palate for very spicy foods.

Our jalapeño bread is great for freezing and is so easy to mix that doubling the ingredients shouldn't be extra work. Bake the two loaves, let them cool, slice the one you want to freeze, and place them in individual freezer bags to keep in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and heat up in a toaster oven for a few minutes—you'll never run out of this delicious bread.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 6 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced, or to taste

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for jalapeño cheddar quick bread recipe gathered

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan.

    Grease and flour the loaf pan

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  3. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly blend the flour, baking powder, sugar, garlic powder, and salt.

    Combine the dry ingredients

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  4. Stir in the shredded cheese and minced jalapeño pepper.

    Combine the dry ingredients and add the cheese and pepper

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  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg with the milk. Add the melted butter and stir to blend.

    Whisk the egg and milk with butter

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  6. Add the milk and egg mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until moistened. Do not overmix. The batter will be thick.

    Combine the wet and dry ingredients

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  7. Spread the batter in the prepared loaf pan.

    Spread the batter in the loaf pan

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  8. Bake the bread for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a rack. Remove the cooled bread from the pan to slice and serve.

    Remove the loaf to a rack to cool

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  9. Enjoy!

    Sliced cheddar jalapeño quick bread

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Recipe Variations

This recipe is an easy and delicious template for experimenting with added flavors. Make it your own—get inspired by a few suggestions:

  • Replace the minced jalapeño peppers with milder Anaheim chile peppers if you find jalapeños too strong.
  • Add about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the batter if, on the contrary, you like very spicy food.
  • Use a Mexican-style cheese blend instead of plain cheddar.
  • Add a few chopped green onions for more green color, or a tablespoon or two of finely chopped red bell peppers or minced hot red Fresno peppers.
  • Substitute self-rising flour if that's what you have at hand, but omit the salt and add only 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

What is a quick bread?

Quick breads rise thanks to chemical leavening coming from the addition of baking powder or baking soda. They're "quick" because they can be baked as soon as the ingredients are mixed and don't need any proofing for the dough or batter to bloom. Muffins, scones, biscuits, and cornbread are considered quick bread. The key to a successful quick bread is to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients together before the wet ingredients are added. As soon as moisture hits the baking powder or baking soda, the rising action begins. Thus, make sure your oven is preheated and the pan is greased and ready before you start the batter.