When things aren’t going perfectly, when I’m sad, or when I’m feeling a bit “off”, I really do believe in the power of comfort food. I like to think that there isn’t a cure for bad news, but that a hot mug of tea and a home baked snack can at least help keep the chin up.

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

Growing up, we weren’t much of a cornbread family. I discovered it, and fell in love with it, in my first year of undergrad. It was something that was easy to make in my dorm room kitchen, was inexpensive, and tasted delicious, but what I really liked was that I was able to make something that tasted really good even though I didn’t have my Nanny’s help or baking supplies.

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

I’m still quite far away from “home” and my family, and found out on Monday that my sweet Gran has ovarian cancer. I’ve taken some time to think about it, deal with it, and am still working through unpacking my emotions, but even though Gran might only have a short time left, she’s still here! So, I need to enjoy the special moments we have left together.

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

My Gran is 97, and once told me that β€œlife is either a daring adventure or nothing at all!” Which I later found out was actually said by Helen Keller, but I love how that staying stuck with her.

She’s lived her life boldly and beautifully. She’ll make you some banana bread when you’re sick and when it’s your birthday she’ll bake you your favorite pie. She’s kind and understanding and wise. All I want to do right now is hug her.

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

The sad news has kept me from writing on here for a few days, but I was thinking about it, and blogging makes me happy. Eating, making recipes and sharing those recipes is what I enjoy doing, so I have a comforting, delicious recipe for you today just in time for the weekend.

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

This bread is easy and can be put together, popped into the oven and eaten in under an hour. Plus, cheddar stuffed cornbread is the best! The chipotle and green onions taste delicious in it.

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

Oh! And this bread tastes great with egg salad!

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one 9x5-inch loaf


  • 3/4 cup cornmeal (I used a medium-grind)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2-3 chopped chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
  • 3 green onions, green parts only, sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar with a whisk.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Add the melted butter, chipotle chilies, green onions and cheese, stirring until combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle with extra shredded cheddar and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 18 to 20 minutes.
  6. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 20-25 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.


Recipe adapted from The Curvy Carrot


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27 Responses to Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

  1. Yum! I love that layer of cheese on top of the bread. Actually made me drool a little bit πŸ˜‰

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandma, mine is going to be 96 this year and hasn’t really been herself in quite some time. Even though we’ve loved them for a long time and they’ve lived wonderfully full lives, it’s still the hardest thing to watch them get older and think about when they might not be around anymore. Thoughts to you, your granny and your family!! Hugs!

  3. Hugs to you and your grandmother. Cancer sucks!

  4. Cheddar and cornbread go hand in hand and this looks incredibly appetizing!

  5. This bred looks delicious. I love cornbread and sounds delicious with the egg salad!

  6. Awh Katrina, I am so sad to hear the news…. I can sadly relate in every spectre here, as the bestest granny I ever knew had cancer as well. Just make sure to spend as much time with her as you can, be her rock as she has for you πŸ™‚
    So she was the one who introduced you to bananabread? Either which way, she has taught you well! And this cornbread, yum! If is important to take care of yourself in tough times *hugs*

    • katrina says:

      It’s strange, eh? Such a sad and confusing time. She probably introduced me to banana bread since she taught my Nan and my mom, but I don’t remember anymore.

      And yeah! Cornbread is the best. So comforting and delicious for any time.

  7. Wow – that cornbread looks amazing! So many amazing flavors going on there!! πŸ™‚

  8. Nanny says:

    Must buy some cornmeal as the recipe looks so delicious. Gran had a good day today and talks about your wonderful phone call and she is patiently waiting for your arrival on Friday, Hugs.

  9. Amanda says:

    This is such a great cornbread recipe! I love everything about this!

  10. Comfort food is definitely the best type of food. This cornbread looks delicious.

  11. I’m sorry to hear about your grandma. When my grandma passed away my family and I kept her legacy up through her food. Also, the corn bread looks A-mazing thanks for the recipe!

  12. Gosh I am sorry about your Grandma too. Losing someone leaves a hole—flat out.
    Yes, I think there is a healing power in comfort food too. A mighty fine corn bread, Girl!

  13. Aww, Katrina, I’m so sorry to hear about your news. She sounds like a wonderful lady, and that is such a great quote to live by. Thinking of you and your family ~

    Much love,

  14. This recipe is everything! All the flavors combine to make a delicious cornbread! Could you make this recipe in a skillet as well? Can you freeze cooked cornbread? I didn’t know if the texture would change after it’s been in the freezer. Great recipe!

  15. Katrina, I’m so sorry to hear about your gran–my thoughts are with you and your whole family. I think it’s lovely that you can find refuge in doing what makes you happy (and this cornbread certainly does the trick). Your gran sounds like a stellar woman!

  16. I’m really sorry to hear about your news, Katrina. My thoughts are with you and your family at this hard time. The cornbread looks absolutely delicious – comforting recipes are always the best. I’ll definitely be giving the recipe a go soon!



  17. I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother!

  18. My condolences! Hope this lovely hearty bread can comfort you in these tough times πŸ™‚

  19. So sorry to hear about your Gran πŸ™ Comfort food does indeed have its time and place and a warm loaf of bread can do wonders! This looks incredible.

  20. Joanne says:

    Aww girl that’s sucky news. I’m so sorry to hear it. πŸ™ BUt it sounds like your Gran is an AMAZING person and has lived a great life so far! Baking gives me so much comfort also, as would digging into a slice of this cornbread – my favorite!

  21. I’m sorry to hear about your Gran. She seems like a sweet and wise woman. This is my first time reading your blog and it made me well up with tears. Also, I love cornbread with chiles. Hugs to you and your Gran.

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