Bacon jalapeno herb cornbread

I have no idea what made me think of making cornbread on a 97 degree day. Cornbread is usually a winter comfort food for me but today when I saw the hot peppers in the grocery store my mind instantly went to cornbread.


And bacon.

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I’m calling it destiny that there were exactly 3 strips of bacon left in the fridge on their last leg.

Tasty destiny.

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Are these not the ugliest cutest peppers you’ve ever seen? I have no idea what kind they are, the Asian produce store simply labels them “hot peppers.” They’re not quite as hot as a jalapeno (which I found out after cutting a piece off, praying I wasn’t about to eat something equivalent to a scotch bonnet and popping it in my mouth) but, they definitely have a bit of kick in them. All minced up they make the cornbread pretty.

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Minced peppers, crumbled bacon and chopped parsley make these hot, salty and fresh all at the same time.

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Eat it with a big Greek salad and call it dinner. Have it for breakfast with some scrambled eggs. Or, enjoy it as a snack with a pat of butter. I promise it will be delicious either way.

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Bacon jalapeno herb


Makes 8-10 squares

  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup AP unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp bacon grease
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 strips of bacon
  • 1/4 cup minced hot peppers/jalapenos (I used half a jalapeno & 1.5 small hot peppers)
  • handful of chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook bacon strips in skillet until crispy. Reserve bacon grease. Crumble/chop bacon into small pieces. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together. Add buttermilk, eggs, bacon grease, bacon, peppers & parsley and whisk to combine. Pour into 9 inch greased baking/casserole dish and bake for about 30 minutes until the top starts to lightly brown. Serve warm.

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  1. 1

    My heart lies with your cornbread… :)

    I love me some bacon!

  2. 2

    mmm, this cornbread looks awesome! i would totally make it even though it’s summer, too! i’ve been craving hot oats every morning lately…no idea why! oh well, they are definitely delicious.

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    Oh my – that second to last picture is a foodgawker submission! :)

    That looks AWESOME so I can only imagine how delicious it tastes.

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    Ah! We read each other’s minds today. I posted jalapeno corn muffins (me = muffin monster), but I think bacon would have been a great addition!

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    Ah…yum! I need to try this!

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    I think I need to make this bread right now…

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    Tasty destiny! I love it. Cornbread is the best!

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    I also LOVE cornbread. I guess I also don’t really think of it but in the winter time with some chili but this sounds so good! I would probably omit the hot peppers though…not a fan of spice!

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    I’ve actually NEVER had cornbread, but have been looking for a good recipe to bake up to go with pull pork… the fact this has bacon in it makes me think I have a winner! lol

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    Mmmm i’ve just got back from training and I am craving carby bready type food and now more specifically your Bacon Jalapeno Herb Cornbread! Looks fantastic!! Pictures are awesome too! :)

  11. 14

    I love cornbread anytime of the year. This looks amazing!

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    I’m pretty sure these are the most beautiful pictures of cornbread I’ve ever seen! Your photography is crazy good!

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    Looks so good! I’m making cornbread tonight too! My Dad is gluten free so I have to make a gluten free version, but this looks epicly tasty!!!

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    I agree, cornbread is a winter food. But after looking at your cornbread I am ready to eat some in this 102 degree Houston heat.

    The peppers are looking great.

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    Love these pics! But I think you knew that about me.

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    My banana peppers look like that! all curly and curvy and crazy =) maybe they’re a hot banana pepper?

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    Mmm this looks tasty!

  18. 22

    This looks wonderful!!! I’ve never tried cornbread with jalepenos and bacon but it sounds awesome!! Would go perfect with a bowl of chili! :)

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    Darlene Warren says:

    i’ve been craving hot oats every morning lately…no idea why! Mmm this looks tasty!

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    Bacon cornbread is totally my husband’s thing! He always gets these scones from the bakery but I’d love to make it for him at home sometime.

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    Harriet Irwin says:

    mmm, this cornbread looks awesome! Looks so good! Haha – woohoo! I love it.


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