These Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Bites make the perfect topping for chilis, soups and salads!
In the fall and winter I love to make lots of soups and chilis, as they are the perfect warm-up for a cool day. I like to come up with creative toppings to give them a little extra flair. I originally made these cornbread bites to go with my Amber Turkey Chili recipe, however, I got asked about them a lot so decided to create a separate post to share the recipe.
In addition to being a great topping for any type of chili, these mini cornbread muffins also go really well with lots of different soups or as a side for a meal. Instead of using canola oil, I used safflower oil in this recipe. I’ve actually been using Chosen Foods Safflower oil a lot lately, as it is designed for higher heat cooking.
Making Cornbread Bites
Making these jalapeño cheddar cornbread bites couldn’t be easier. You need a good cornbread mix, some freshly grated cheddar cheese and a bit of jalapeño. Mix everything up and then scoop the batter into mini muffin tins. Twelve minutes in the over and you have a tasty treat!
I’ve also been known to eat these all by themselves, slathered with a bit of butter and drizzled with a little honey, as an afternoon snack!!
things you may want for this recipe
Mini Muffin Pan – I love making mini muffins, they are great for a quick snack and good for portion control too. This pan also works great for mini quiches and other small tarts. They generally come in 12 or 24 muffins per pan.
Large Whisk – A whisk with a large head works well for stirring batter like this cornbread. I have several different sizes and types of whisks, as they are a super handy kitchen tool.
These jalapeño cheddar cornbread bites make the perfect topping for chilis, soups and salads!
- 2 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill or other cornbread mix
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable based oil (I use saflower oil)
- 1 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeño
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray two mini muffin pans (24 muffin cups) with coconut oil or other cooking spray.
- In a medium mixng bowl combine the cornbread mix, egg, water and oil. Mix with a whisk until well combined. Add cheddar cheese and jalapeño, mix well.
- Using a tablespoon sized cookie scoop, scoop the cornbread mix into the muffin pans. Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges begin to turn slightly golen brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Use immediately or place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to two months.
Keywords: Cornbread recipes, creative side dishes