Cheesy Cornbread {with Honey Butter}

This cheesy cornbread recipe is a delicious twist from the traditional cornbread. Moist, delicious, and cheesy, this is the BEST cornbread recipe, and then to top it off, whipped honey butter adds even more deliciousness.

A white plate with a piece of cornbread cut in half and lathered with butter.

Cornbread is another southern staple that many who grew up below the Mason Dixon line are familiar with. As common as biscuits are for breakfast, that’s how often you’ll see cornbread on the table for lunch or dinner. Unlike biscuits, however, that we southerners like to leave pretty well alone, we like to have fun mixing things up with our cornbread. You’ll often see cornbread with cracklings mixed in. For the uninitiated, cracklings are basically, small, extra crunchy pork rinds.

Another thing we like to do with our cornbread is to add in ingredients like jalapeno peppers, cheese, and other Tex-Mex staples. That’s especially common here in Texas. Today, I’m sharing my easy, cheesy cornbread recipe with all of you. Get ready to drool!

Cheesy Cornbread

This cheesy cornbread is a Tex-Mex favorite here in Texas and especially among my family. It’s loaded with delicious cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and even some sour cream. It has the great texture and flavor we all love in classic cornbread, and it’s kicked up several notches with the addition of the cheese and the jalapenos. It makes a great addition to lunch or dinner, and I’ve even served it for breakfast on occasion.

A white plate with three pieces of cornbread on it, 2 jalapenos, and the baking dish of cornbread in the background.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about this cheesy corn bread, then read on. This FAQ covers all the most common questions about cornbread, so it’s worth taking a minute or two to read it over.

Can cornbread be left out overnight?

Yes. Freshly baked cornbread can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days. Just keep it covered.

How do you add flavor to cornbread?

Cornbread on its own is a classic southern flavor that’s really good. If you want to add even more flavor and still keep it feeling like classic cornbread, try adding 1/3 cup of sour cream. It makes the cornbread extra moist and adds a little tang. If you’re making plain cornbread, you can also use buttermilk in place of regular milk for an extra tender pone that has a great tang to it.

Can you freeze cornbread?

Absolutely. Just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then store it in a large, heavy-duty freezer bag.

A piece of cornbread cut in half with melted butter on it.

What is cornbread good with?

Cornbread is good with almost anything, it really does make the perfect side dish, especially pretty much all southern dishes. Some classic pairings include:

  • Greens
  • Chili
  • Barbecue
  • Cheese
  • Jalapenos
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Stew
  • Soup
  • Butter
  • Jam
  • Honey butter

Those are just a few. Cornbread is so good, you can pair it with almost anything. It’s always great!

How do you keep cornbread moist?

You can try a few different things to help keep your cornbread moist if you find that it often comes out too dry.

  • Add an egg
  • Add more flour
  • And, add sour cream

What makes cornbread gritty?

That classic gritty texture comes from the cornmeal itself. It’s a roughly-ground grain, unlike the flour you combine it with, which is fine. That rough grind makes for the classic gritty texture.

A close up photo of a piece of cornbread where you can see the diced jalapeno and onion, and the cheese baked on top.

How to Store Cheesy Cornbread

Store your cheesy cornbread in a covered container. You can store it at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


One of the best parts of cornbread is how easy it is to change things up. There are several things you can do with cornbread to make it your own. Take this base recipe and do any of the following to make it a bit different.

  • Use your favorite cheese
  • Add green chilis in place of diced jalapeno
  • Add sliced hot dogs to the batter – instant corndogs!

You can also cook the cornbread in a cast iron skillet to give it more of a crunch around the edges, or you can even make the cornbread into muffins. The possibilities are endless.

Cheesy Cornbread Ingredients

It only takes a few simple, basic ingredients to make this delicious cornbread. You’ll probably have them all in your kitchen, except maybe for the jalapenos or green chilis. If you like spicy food, you might even have those!

  • Marie Callender’s cornbread mix
  • Sour cream
  • Water
  • Large egg
  • Onion
  • Jalapenos or green chilies
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Honey
Two halves of cornbread with melted butter on it.

How to Make Cheesy Cornbread

Making this cornbread is as easy as gathering the ingredients. It only takes a few simple steps, and you’ll have yourself some tasty, spicy, cheesy cornbread that’s perfect with almost anything.

Step 1: Prep

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Measure your ingredients, and prep your vegetables. Then, add the cornbread mix to a large bowl.

Step 2: Combine the Wet Ingredients

In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, water, eggs, onions, and jalapenos or green chilis until combined.

Step 3: Make the Batter

Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Then, fold in 1 2/3 cup of cheese to the mixture.

Step 4: Bake

Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and top it with the remaining cheese. Then bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 5: Make the Honey Butter

In a small mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on high speed to beat the honey and butter together until creamy and smooth. Serve with the cornbread and enjoy!

A double photo collage of cheesy cornbread that is loaded with diced jalapenos and lathered in butter.

Try This Delicious Cheesy Cornbread Recipe Today

This delicious cheesy cornbread has just the right amount of crumble to its tenderness, delicious cheese flavor, and even more flavor and heat thanks to the addition of jalapenos or green chilis. Give this recipe a try, and I know you’ll love it as much as my family does. It’s the perfect addition to any lunch or dinner – or even breakfast! Once you make it once, you’ll find that it pops up in your recipe rotation quite often!

A three photo collage of cheesy cornbread on a white plate with jalapeno and shredded cheddar cheese in the background.

Looking for More Easy Side Dishes

Spicy Cheesy Corn Tortilla Bake – Loaded with two different types of cheese, corn, green onions and delicious corn tortillas, topped with sour cream and then smothered with a diced green chilies and a buttermilk mixture. Yum!

Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread – A traditional cornbread recipe that has diced jalapenos and cheddar cheese mixed in. It’s a delicious cornbread recipe that packs a punch of flavor.

Hot Corn Salad – The perfect side dish for all occasions, or a super easy appetizer that will definitely please a crowd. This hot corn salad is made with corn, sour cream, cheese, Fritos, and baked until hot and creamy.

Here’s a Green Chili Corn Casserole from Deliciously Seasoned. This casserole is filled with corn, chilies, garlic, eggs, cheese, and more.

A white plate with a piece of cornbread cut in half and lathered with butter.

Cheesy Cornbread

Great Grub, Delicious Treats

Cheesy Cornbread is loaded with jalapenos, sour cream, and cheese and is topped with a homemade honey butter.

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 40 mins

Total Time 1 hr

Course Appetizer, Side Dish

Cuisine Southern

Servings 9 Servings

Calories 487 kcal


For the Cheesy Cornbread

  • 3 cups cornbread mix (I used Marie Callenders)
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup onions chopped
  • ½ cup diced jalapenos or green chilies
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded

For the Honey Butter

  • ½ cup butter
  • cup honey


For the Cheesy Cornbread

  • In a large bowl, add cornbread mix.

  • Using a small bowl, stir sour cream, water, egg, onions, and jalapenos together until combined.

  • Pour sour cream mixture into large bowl with cornbread mix. Stir to combine.

  • Add 1 ⅔ cup of cheese into mixture. Stir.

  • Spoon batter into prepared baking dish.

  • Top with remaining cheese.

  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

For the Honey Butter

  • In a small mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and honey together until smooth and fluffy.


Nutritional Values are Approximate


Calories: 487kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 11gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 659mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 3gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 858IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 245mgIron: 2mg

Keyword Best Cornbread Recipe, Cheesy Cornbread, Cornbread Recipe

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A slice of cornbread sitting on a white plate topped with melted butter.
Two slices of cornbread stacked on top of each other.

Enjoy Terri

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