Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread

Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread recipe from Barbara Bakes

A hearty cheesy green chile cornbread with diced green chiles and a shredded Mexican cheese blend. A perfect side dish for a spicy soup.

Recently, I bought Bob’s Red Mill coarse grind cornmeal at Whole Foods to make Indian Pudding in the pressure cooker. Since I had left over cornmeal, I decided to make cornbread to go with my Poblano Corn Chowder. Since the chowder was spiced up with chiles, I thought the cornbread needed to be spiced up too.

Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread baked in a hot cast iron skillet.

The cornbread has a hearty cornmeal texture that I liked, but if you prefer a lighter cornbread, you’ll want to substitute a medium or fine grind cornmeal. If you’re using a finely ground cornbread, you can skip the step in the recipe where you soak the cornmeal for 10 minutes.

Canned diced green chiles are fairly mild and just add a little bit of heat to the cornbread. If you want it a little spicier, you could add a little bit of cayenne pepper to the dry ingredients.

Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread baked in a hot cast iron skillet gives it a golden brown crisp crust.

Baking the cornbread in a hot cast iron skillet gives the cornbread a crisp, golden brown buttery crust. I also sprinkled the top of the cornbread with a little additional shredded cheese, it added a pretty golden texture to the cornbread. You can’t go wrong with a little extra cheese.

I hope you’ll give this cornbread recipe a try. My husband and I really liked the buttery, cheesy flavor.

Yield: 8 servings

Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread

Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarse grind cornmeal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles, drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter to grease the skillet

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Put a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven to preheat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, soak cornmeal in milk for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, mix in butter and eggs. In a second mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to liquids and mix just until blended. The batter will be lumpy. Stir in the cheese and green chiles.
  3. Remove the skillet from the oven, add 1 tablespoon butter and carefully swirl the butter to coat the bottom and sides of the pan.
  4. Pour the batter in to the hot pan.
  5. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Serve warm cut in to wedges.