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Jalapeño Cornbread Cheddar Bites

These are gooey and cheesy and pretty much pure comfort food. They'd be fabulous dipped in ranch dressing, but I was all out and too lazy to make my own.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy recipes, kid-friendly recipes, party recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 163kcal


  • 1 cup flour divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely diced (add more or less to your taste)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying


  • Heat the oil in a deep skillet to 350 degrees over medium heat.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the flour to a shallow baking dish or pie plate for dredging the cheese.
  • Add the remaining flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, jalapeno, and milk to a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Slice 1/4 inch thick strips off the block of cheese. You should end up with around 8-12 slices of cheese.
  • Dredge each cheese slice in the flour and then dip into the cornbread batter and coat.
  • Drop into the hot oil and fry 1 minute per side or until golden brown. If the cheese bursts through the crust, reduce the frying time.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 138mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 0.9mg