sweet n zesty cornbread

Sweet N Zesty Cornbread

Sweet N Zesty Cornbread is such a yummy compliment to a nice hearty bowl of ham and beans or Hearty Cornfed Chili!  It’s also quite delicious fresh from the oven spread with a thin layer of….you guessed it!!! REAL BUTTER!! 🙂

Fall is a great time of year for those comfort foods that may have been a little heavy for warmer weather.  Sweet N Zesty Cornbread goes well with just about any type of soup or stew.  Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh cornbread baking in the oven?

Sweet N Zesty Cornbread
Sweet N Zesty Cornbread


Adding shredded cheddar cheese really adds a delightful richness to this wonderfully comforting recipe.  And the jalapenos?  Well, not only do they add flavor, but also give Sweet N Zesty Cornbread a zing and a kick.  As a result, that’s sure to leave fans of southwest cuisine wanting MORE!

My husband, Dan, who is NOT a fan of cornbread anything, LOVES Sweet N Zesty Cornbread!  And that’s going some, for sure!  He’s actually requested that I make it, too!

Another reason that I love this recipe so much is that it’s a breeze to make.  Just mix it together and bake it for just under an hour!  And while the Sweet N Zesty Cornbread is baking, there’s time to put the main course together!  Because it’s got a delightful kick of it’s own, Spicy Chicken Chili would also go well with Sweet N Zesty Cornbread!  MMmmm  Hhhmmmm YUMMO!!!

Sweet n zesty cornbread

First, start with adding your dry ingredients (except sugar) to a mixing bowl and whisk together briefly….

sweet n zesty cornbread

Then, in another bowl, combine the sugar, melted butter and eggs together….

sweet n zesty cornbread

Then whisk in the buttermilk…..

sweet n zesty cornbread

Bring the dry ingredients together with the buttermilk & egg mixture….

sweet n zesty cornbread

Whisk together until just moistened….

sweet n zesty cornbread

Now it’s time to add the jalapenos and half of the cheese!  Stir until just combined.  Then pour into a greased 9″x 13″ baking pan, and place in a preheated oven.

sweet n zesty cornbread And ENJOY!  Would love to get your feedback!  Please feel free to leave your recipe related comments!! Have a great day!! Lisa 🙂



584 cal


24 g


65 g


28 g
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Sweet N Zesty Cornbread

Compliments most any hearty soup or stew!

15 minPrep Time

55 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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1 c. butter
1 1/3 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 c. buttermilk
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
2 c. cornmeal
2 c. flour
1 t. salt
2 c. pickled jalapeños, drained
2 c. cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375’F. Grease a 9”x 13” baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, cornmeal, flour and salt; set aside.
  3. In another mixing bowl, combine melted butter, sugar and eggs. Mix or whisk together until well incorporated. Add buttermilk to egg mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture to buttermilk mixture until all is incorporated and just until moistened.
  5. Stir in the jalapeños and half of the shredded cheddar cheese.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Top cornbread with remaining shredded cheddar cheese and return to the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

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