Chili cheddar cornbread muffins

Chili cheddar cornbread

Life lesson #1. If there’s a snowstorm spanning from Toronto to Montreal, you probably should postpone your plan to drive to Toronto from Montreal. That’s being sensible. I did that two weeks ago. Yay me!

Life lesson #2. If both your headlights are somehow burned out at the same time, and you are halfway home from Toronto, after sunset, you should probably exit and call it a night. Finish the drive in the morning because without headlights, the highway is really, really dark. No really. It’s scary how dark it is out there. Do as I say, not as I do. Unfortunately it was so dark, I was too scared to stop when this happened to me last week-end, so I drove home with my hazard lights and high beams. Apparently, I have terrible luck and I’m an idiot who drives at night with no headlights. Seriously stupid. Don’t do it.

Chili cheddar cornbread muffins

Life lesson #3. Habaneros are very spicy. They may look pretty and colorful, but they burn. I have burned my lips and my stomach (and sometimes even my eyes and face), playing with habaneros in the kitchen. I just can’t use them properly. It always ends badly.

I don’t play with habaneros anymore. Now I usually cook with red chili peppers, but still I find every pepper is different: they either taste like nothing or burn your face off, which brings me to the unfortunate potato salad incident.

 Savoury muffins like these chili cheddar cornbread muffins make great snacks

V and I once made a potato salad with fresh chili in it, and I was on chili pepper duty. I failed. Even though I used a regular chili pepper, the salad was almost inedible it was so spicy. My lips ended up seriously scorched from eating that potato salad. I was obviously banned from chili pepper duty after that incident.

 These savory corn muffins are excellent, if I may say so myself. Seriously though, they are moist, full of corn flavor, cheese and spicy hits of chili pepper. Plus they are easy. I ate three almost immediately after they were done baking. Enough said. Now go make these. For more savoury options, try these savoury muffins or these cheesy cheddar biscuits.

Freshly baked chili cheddar cornbread muffins

Chili cheddar cornbread

Chili cheddar cornbread muffins

Spicy chili cheddar cornbread muffins make a great snack but also make a great option if you are looking for what to serve with chili 

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 191 kcal
Author Janice


  • 250 mL buttermilk 1 cup, warmed in the microwave so it’s not fridge cold
  • 57 grams unsalted butter 1/4 cup, melted
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 tbsp honey optional, but the sweetness can be interesting in this muffin
  • 125 grams all-purpose flour 1 cup
  • 160 grams fine cornmeal 1 cup
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 red chili peppers finely chopped
  • 40 grams freshly grated cheddar cheese ~1/2 cup
  • 45 grams freshly grated Parmesan cheese ~1/2 cup
  • 50 grams freshly grated mixture of cheddar and Parmesan for topping the muffins
  • 1 red chili pepper cut into little rings for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 12-cup muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium spouted bowl (or cup measure), whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and honey (if using). Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder/soda, and salt.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir (or whisk) them together til the batter is smooth.
  5. Toss in the 40 grams of grated cheddar and 45 grams of Parmesan and stir it into the batter, along with the finely chopped chili pepper.
  6. Divide the batter among the greased muffin pans and top with a sprinkling of mixed grated cheese and a ring or two of chili pepper.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes.
Spicy chili cheddar cornbread muffins are easy to make savoury muffins

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3 Responses to Chili cheddar cornbread muffins

  1. Jeannie Tay April 4, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    Savory muffins sounds delicious! with pepper? even better! will try it soon!

  2. El April 9, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Glad you made it home safe. The muffins look great. Fun twist to add the pepper!


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