Most families I know make a version of this deliciously moist and decadent cornbread known to us as Mama’s Mexican Cornbread recipe. Studded with sweet corn, cheddar cheese, and spicy bits of jalapeño peppers it’s sure to be a favorite.
Whenever I make Mexican Cornbread, I can happily eat two pieces of it, hot from the oven, and nothing else . Even my husband, who really doesn’t care for cornbread unless it’s sweet, comes running whenever I make this. My son’s only complaint is that I don’t cut the pieces bigger so he doesn’t have to keep coming back. Needless to say, when I make this Mexican Cornbread recipe by Mama for supper, usually, there isn’t any left.
- Cream style corn
- Vegetable oil
- Self rising cornmeal flour
- Chopped onion
- Shredded cheese
- Diced jalapeno
- Milk (I buy organic milk because it stays good for twice as long as regular milk 🙂
To everyone who wasn’t raised on sweet cornbread:
Oh I know putting sugar in there feels so wrong. Cornbread isn’t supposed to be sweet. T’ain’t fittin’ and I know that. But, this is my Mama’s Mexican Cornbread recipe and the sugar is just a scant amount and it really works well with the heat of the jalapeños. It won’t end up tasting sweet in this particular recipe so just bite the bullet and do what Mama tells you to do 🙂
In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients.
Stir all of that up pretty good with a spoon or whisk.
- Now this is a cast iron skillet that I’ve had heating in the oven while it preheats. Preheat the oven as well.
- Pour about a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil in it and swirl it around a good bit.
- Pour in your batter in the prepared pan and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until all golden and prettified 🙂
Turn that cornbread over onto a large plate.
Variations To Recipe
- diced green onions
- chopped green bell peppers
- green chilis
- pepper jack cheese in replace of other cheese
Here is another one with some variations
Recipe FAQsHow do I make my cornbread crust crispy?
Get your pan nice and hot, this is going to be key, then pour the batter into the hot pan. This will help to create that crispy crust you are looking for.
The extra yolk in the egg helps to make it more moist. If you want to add another egg, I recommend doing yolk only for the second cornbread.
Overcooking cornbread can cause it to fall apart. Every oven cooks different, so keep an eye on it if you made it before and it fell apart. To tell if it’s done you it should be crispy brown on top and when you insert a toothpick it comes out clean.
Note about baking Mexican Cornbread in an alternative to Cast Iron:
You can make this in an 8 or 9 inch cake pan if you prefer. It’s traditionally made in cast iron but it will turn out just fine if you make it in a cake pan or even an 8×8 square baking dish. Just go with whatever cranks yer tractor 🙂
- 1 + 1/2 cups self rising corn meal mix white or yellow
- 1 + 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese mild, medium, or sharp
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon diced jalapeño seeds removed
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup canned cream style corn*
- Place a seasoned cast iron skillet (or 8 inch round cake pan) in the oven and preheat to 350.
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into skillet and swirl a bit to cover the bottom (This skillet is hot so hold it with a potholder).
- Pour batter in skillet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown on top. Turn out onto a plate, cut, and serve.
*Mama and I take the remaining cream corn and put it in a zipper seal bag to freeze. Next time you make corn bread just lay it out for about half an hour before you need it to thaw.
Try serving this with:
And here are some other cornbread recipes you may enjoy:
- Keto Cornbread Recipe Southern Plate
- Grandmama’s Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing
- All Star Cornbread Recipe Potluck!
- 2 Ingredient Hot Water Cornbread
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