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Bacon Jalapeno Herb Cornbread

This southwestern inspired cornbread is packed with a salty kick from bacon and spicy punch from the jalapenos.

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.

Bacon Jalapeno Herb Cornbread

And bacon.


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

Tasty destiny.


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.

Bacon Jalapeno Herb Cornbread

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

Bacon Jalapeno Herb Cornbread

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.

Bacon Jalapeno Herb Cornbread

Bacon Jalapeno Herb Cornbread

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This southwestern inspired cornbread is packed with a salty kick from bacon and spicy punch from the jalapenos.


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


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


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Harriet Irwin

Saturday 9th of March 2013

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


Monday 21st of January 2013

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.

Darlene Warren

Sunday 11th of December 2011

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

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Saturday 16th of July 2011

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sheila @ Elements

Friday 15th of July 2011

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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