Mexican Cornbread With Corn and Peppers

Mexican Cornbread

The Spruce

  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 9 Servings
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This super moist Mexican style cornbread gets its fabulous flavor and texture from the cream-style corn and shredded cheese. Onion, bell peppers, and jalapeno peppers give it some nice heat and extra flavor. It's a popular variation of everyone's favorite Southern-style cornbread.

Serve this tasty cornbread with beans or a hearty chili. It's great with greens, too! 

Feel free to substitute mild chopped chile peppers for the jalapeno peppers. Anaheim peppers or more chopped sweet bell pepper would be good as well. Or replace the Monterey Jack cheese with a Mexican-style seasoned cheese.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or use buttermilk powder with water as directed to make 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small can cream-style corn (approximately 8 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons bell pepper (red and green both, chopped)
  • Optional: 1 to 2 tablespoons jalapeño pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese (shredded)

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and the baking soda. Stir to blend.
  3. In another bowl, combine the beaten eggs, buttermilk with oil, corn, onion, chopped pepper(s), and shredded cheese.
  4. Blend into the dry ingredients until moistened.
  5. Pour the batter into a well-greased 9-inch square baking pan*.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cornbread is browned.

    *For a crispier crust, heat an extra tablespoon of vegetable oil in the oiled baking pan before adding the batter. Or use a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.


    • Melted butter may be used instead of vegetable oil.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 319
    Total Fat 20 g
    Saturated Fat 4 g
    Unsaturated Fat 12 g
    Cholesterol 110 mg
    Sodium 517 mg
    Carbohydrates 28 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 9 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)