Cornbread Jalapeno Poppers

This mash up of jalapeño poppers and cornbread is so good. It is perfect as a side dish or an appetizer for a party or for while watching the game!

It seems that I look for any excuse to fill a hollowed out jalapeno pepper. I love poppers. It doesn’t matter if they are deep fried, baked, grilled or smoked, because jalapeno poppers are the perfect game day food.

Jalapeno poppers on a round plate.

Not only do I love jalapeno poppers, but I also love cornbread. Perfect with chili, or any soup for that matter, cornbread is the perfect accompaniment. I love to have minced pickled jalapeno peppers mixed in the cornbread. That spicy tart flavour goes so well in the cornbread. So, I figured, if jalapeno peppers are good in cornbread, why wouldn’t cornbread be good in a jalapeno pepper! These poppers are amazing and the perfect spicy bite size cornbread treat.

Close up picture of baked jalapeño poppers.

Ingredient Notes

  • Jalapeño Peppers – choose nice fresh jalapeño peppers of similar size. Try to pick ones that are wide in size so they hold lots of cornbread batter.
  • Corn Meal
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Cheddar Cheese – while I use grated cheddar cheese, you could also use other kinds as well. Monterey Jack cheese would work very well!

Expert Tip! While this recipe uses homemade cornbread from scratch, it is also possible to use a box mix. Simply make the cornbread batter according to the directions on the passage and then follow these instructions for how to add it to these jalapeño poppers.

Cornbread and cheese on a jalapeno half.

How To Make Jalapeño Poppers

  • The first step to making these cornbread jalapeño poppers it to prep the peppers. Cut the jalapeño peppers lengthwise and cut/scoop out the seeds and membrane.
  • Next mix the cornbread batter in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Spoon the batter into the hollowed out jalapeño peppers and sprinkle some grated cheese on top.
  • Place the poppers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a 400F oven for 15 minutes or until the cornbread is fully baked and cheese it melted and beginning to brown.
Jalapeno appetizers on a plate.

More Jalapeno Popper Recipes!

If you like these cornbread jalapeño poppers, then check out these popper recipes!

Cornbread Jalapeno Poppers

5 out of 5
6 reviews
Jalapeno poppers filled with cornbread batter and topped with grated cheese. Baked, not fried, these poppers are a healthy option for your next game day party!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 poppers


  • 12 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese


  • Preheat the oven for 400F
  • Cut the jalapeno peppers lengthwise and then remove the seeds and membrane from inside the peppers. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix in the egg, milk and oil until well combined.
  • Spoon some batter into the hollowed out portion of each jalapeno pepper half. Spread it carefully so that it fills the hollowed out section.
  • Place the filled jalapeno peppers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the batter filled peppers.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the batter is cooked through and the cheese is melted and browning on top.
  • Serve warm.


Per serving:

Calories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 51mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g

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  • 5 stars
    Such fantastic flavors happening here!! These are a must try!

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  • I would eat all of these! Love this version!

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  • 5 stars
    I love poppers, these look so yummy! Nettie

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  • 5 stars
    These look great, can’t go wrong with a little cheesy cornbread and a spicy jalapeno appetiser…delicious 3

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  • Looks good!

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  • These are such a fun idea and perfectly hand-held size too!

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  • These Poppers would be perfect for my Cinco de Mayo party but I worry that they will not last long enough to share with my guests!

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  • With stomach issues, I usually stay away from peppers, but this looks so good, I think I’ll double my meds and take my chances! Looks delicious Steve!

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  • Those look really great! I love jalapeno poppers too! 🙂 This version looks super good!

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