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Aunt Lucille’s Mexican Cornbread

My Aunt Lucille’s Mexican Cornbread recipe is ultra-moist and cheesy with bits of corn, onion, sweet bell pepper, and spicy jalapeño pepper in every delicious bite.

I often serve Mexican Cornbread with homemade ground beef chili ladled on top or as an accompaniment to spicy taco soup. It’s especially yummy along side a big pot of beef stew.

Truthfully, there’s nothing better than a slice of fresh-baked Mexican cornbread with melted butter hot from the oven — I could make a meal out of that alone!

As a true Southern cook, I’d normally be telling you to bake cornbread in a cast iron skillet. This Mexican Cornbread recipe, however, makes enough batter to fill up a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish, so I reserve my cast iron skillet for Honey Cornbread instead.

a pan of baked Mexican cornbread on a table

Aunt Lucille’s Mexican Cornbread recipe

This Mexican cornbread recipe has been in our family for over 50 years — ever since my Aunt Lucille first baked a big pan for our annual family reunion. I’d say that makes this a tried-and-true recipe for sure!

Everyone loved it so much that could only mean one thing — Aunt Lucille was expected to bring her tasty cornbread to the family reunion every year from that time forth!

I can still remember as a little girl watching the women in my family chatting it up as they spread out the food under a picnic shelter at the county park. Every one proudly set out their “specialty” from homemade cream pies to chicken and dumplings.

As they “oh-ed” and “ah-ed” over each other’s dish, they’d scramble to jot down recipes for their favorites. I just happened across Aunt Lucille’s “jotted down” recipe a few weeks ago when I was visiting with my Mom.

Scratched out on a piece of paper (probably found in the depths of my Mom’s purse), the recipe included all the ingredients and amounts, but was missing detailed instructions.

handwritten recipe for Mexican cornbread on a table with a recipe box

That didn’t matter, of course, since the cooks in our family had been making cornbread every week since the beginning of time. Surely they knew what to do!

Never fear, I’ve filled in the gaps in the Mexican cornbread recipe at the bottom of this post and will walk you through step-by-step — it’s a super easy recipe and one that I think will become a family favorite of yours as well!

ingredients for Mexican cornbread

Ingredients

  • Cornmeal — not the same as cornmeal mix
  • All-purpose flour — if you do use cornmeal mix, omit the flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Onion — I like to use a sweet onion, like Vidalia, but white onion is fine, too.
  • Sweet bell pepper — green or red, or a mix of the two for a more colorful cornbread
  • Jalapeño pepper — seeded with the ribs removed. If you’re looking for hot and spicy cornbread, leave in the seeds or add another jalapeño pepper!
  • Sharp cheddar cheese — you may substitute pepper Jack cheese
  • Eggs — holds the batter together and adds moisture and flavor to the cornbread
  • Canola oil — or other vegetable oil
  • Canned cream-style corn — don’t use whole kernel corn as you need the extra moisture from the cream-style
  • Sour cream — you may substitute buttermilk

Instructions

dry ingredients for Mexican cornbread in a large mixing bowl on a table
  1. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper. Add the shredded cheese and gently stir to combine.
mixing the batter for Mexican cornbread with a spatula
  1. In a smaller bowl, lightly whisk the eggs with the oil and cream-style corn together. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Add the sour cream and stir with a spatula to mix well.
pouring Mexican cornbread batter into a baking dish
  1. Pour the batter into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray.
a baking dish of Mexican cornbread ready for the oven on a table
  1. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 375 degrees, until lightly golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
a square of Mexican cornbread on a spatula
  1. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

FAQs

Is there a difference between cornmeal and cornmeal mix?

Actually, yes. Cornmeal mix, more commonly self-rising cornmeal, is a blend of cornmeal, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Cornmeal, on the other hand, is a coarse ground “flour” made from yellow or white corn.

Why is my cornbread sometimes crumbly?

If you don’t have the proper ratio of cornmeal and flour, cornbread may be extra crumbly. That’s not normally a problem with Mexican cornbread, though, because of the added moisture from the cream-style corn and cheese.

Is Mexican cornbread batter supposed to be thick?

Regular cornbread batter is quite thin, but Mexican cornbread batter will be thick because of the added cheese, cream style corn, onions, and peppers. Just be sure the batter is good and moist before you add to the baking dish.

Should Mexican cornbread be refrigerated?

Store Mexican cornbread wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to a week. Be sure you wait until the cornbread has cooled to room temperature before wrapping and storing to avoid excess moisture on the top crust.

What’s the best way to reheat Mexican cornbread?

I prefer to reheat Mexican cornbread wrapped in aluminum foil in a 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until warm. You can also wrap a slice of cornbread in a damp paper towel and reheat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

a piece of Mexican cornbread with a bite missing

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Yield: 20 servings

Aunt Lucille's Mexican Cornbread

two slices of Mexican cornbread on a white plate on a table

This Mexican Cornbread recipe is ultra-moist and cheesy with bits of corn, onion, sweet bell pepper, and spicy jalapeño pepper in every delicious bite.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 8-oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 (15-oz.) can cream-style corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper, Stir in the shredded cheese.
  3. In a smaller bowl, lightly whisk the eggs with the oil and cream-style corn. Pour into the dry ingredients. Add the sour cream and stir with a spatula until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, until lightly golden brown and a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool for a few minutes before cutting into squares.

Notes

  • Store Mexican cornbread wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to a week. Be sure you wait until the cornbread has cooled to room temperature before wrapping and storing to avoid excess moisture on the top crust.
  • Reheat Mexican cornbread wrapped in aluminum foil in a 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until warm. You can also wrap a slice of cornbread in a damp paper towel and reheat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 458mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

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