Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

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Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

I am hosting my family for Thanksgiving this year. Holiday Hostess duties are my favorite. It combines all of my favorite things:

  • Organized chaos
  • Wine
  • Food
  • Wine
  • Feeding people
  • Wine
  • Football and stories and laughing and memories
  • Wine

As perfect as it sounds in my head, the reality is usually less sparkly and shiny. And way more wine-y.

  • I get SQUEEEEE excited and make a huge menu for twice the number of people, adding a couple of new dishes because nobody makes a good guinea pig like a person wearing stretchy-waisted pants on Thanksgiving!
  • My dad, who hosts every other year, gets upset that I’ve “changed things” on “my” year, and shows up with those couple of same dishes, made his way, even after he told me he wasn’t making anything.
  • We now have enough to food to feed half the city of Katy and no one wants to take their own leftovers home, much less mine.
  • WINE.

Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

This year’s Thanksgiving menu is so far shaping up like this:

Appetizers & Drinks

Lunch Menu



Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

For the last 6 years, every Thanksgiving and Christmas has included the holiday- and family-hit Roasted Chestnut and Sausage Dressing. It is simply amazing. But I wanted something more “Texas” this year and the arrival of November’s HEB Primo Picks immediately solidified what I was going to do about the dressing: cornbread.

{Side note: wait ’til you see what I’ve done with the Cranberry-Pomegranate-Jalapeno sauce and the Bacon Vinaigrette!}

HEB Tex's BBQ Fixins Cream Corn

Cornbread loaded with roasted jalapeno and cheddar cheese and cream corn and heavy cream and butter and sugar.

All baked in a cast iron skillet.

A scoop of warm, cheesy cornbread perfection is amazing all on its own but it’s even better served with chili. And it’s going to be even better than that topped with a ladle of gravy on Thanksgiving Day.

Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

HEB has provided a selection of this month’s Ciao Italia Primo Picks to a lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, simply answer this question in the comments below: What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Me: It’s a tie between Leftover Thanksgiving Sliders and The Cranwich. Because leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving. Besides the wine.

Update: The winner is Katie who loves the good ol green bean casserole.

Roasted Jalapeno-Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

A moist skillet cornbread loaded with cream corn, roasted jalapenos, and sharp cheddar cheese.


  • 4 medium-large jalapenos
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) + 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 14 oz package (or 1 can) of HEB Cream Corn
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cups cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • *I frequently sub with fat-free Greek yogurt. But not for Thanksgiving πŸ™‚ The batter is thicker but the end product is still moist (sorry, Kim) and delicious.


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small skillet roast the jalapenos, turning every few minutes, until most of the skin is blistered - you can also do this under a broiler or over open flame on the stove. I find a small skillet easiest while I'm gathering other ingredients.
  3. Transfer to a bowl covered with foil/plastic wrap and let cool enough to handle.
  4. Scrape the blistered skin, cut in half, remove the stem and seeds, and then dice the peppers.
  5. Melt 1 stick of butter and add to a large mixer bowl.
  6. Mix with the heavy cream, eggs, cheese, cream corn, and chopped jalapenos.
  7. Add the dry ingredients
  8. Heat a large cast iron skillet enough to melt 1 Tbsp of butter, swirl to coat.
  9. Transfer the batter to the skillet and then bake 35-40 minutes, just until the center is set (a knife will come out with moist crumbs attached).
  10. Let cool and serve with a spoon.


Yields: ~12 holiday side-servings, served spoonbread style

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– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow us on Facebook.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow HEB on Facebook.
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The fine print:
– Maximum of five (5) entries per person.
– Giveaway ends at midnight (Texas time, y’all) on Saturday, November 15.
– Winner will be selected by one of those cold, soulless, unfeeling random number generator thingies and announced on this post.
– Winners will receive a selection of HEB Primo Picks from HEB.
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited.
– Prize can only be shipped to a US address.
– Official giveaway rules can be found here.

This recipe was developed in conjunction with H-E-B and I was provided ingredients as well as compensated for my time. Messy fingers, stretchy-waisted pants, and future therapy bills for my child are all mine. You can find H-E-B on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you’re as lucky as we are, 3 locations within a 5 mile radius.

76 comments… add one
  • Jen

    I love stuffing!

  • Julie

    Grammy’s Pumpkin Caramel Pie. Not Thanksgiving without it!

  • Julie

    Follow on Facebook

  • Julie

    And Pinterest.

  • Julie

    Follow on Instagram too

  • Kelli

    Hash brown potato casserole. So yummy. And everyone fights for the leftovers!

  • Kelli

    I follow you on Facebook.

  • Edie

    Old fashioned bread stuffing with gravy. Hands down, my all time (carb overload) favorite Thanksgiving dish.

  • Debbie Bray

    My favorite disk is stuffing.

  • Debbie Bray

    I follow you on Facebook

  • Debbie Bray

    I follow HEB on facebook

  • Debbie Bray

    I follow HEB on Pinterest

  • My grandma’s squash dressing!

  • Gwyn L

    I love the broccoli cheese and rice casserole.

  • Kerri

    All of it? If I have to pick one, I’d say the broccoli casserole.

  • Kerri

    Fb follower

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    Pinterest follow er

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  • jeannette

    fave turkey day dish is the turkey WITH cranberry sauce. yes. the jiggly kind that resembles jello from the aluminum can. it’s nostalgic and it just isn’t turkey without it! πŸ˜‰

  • jeannette

    facebook follower

  • jeannette

    i follow heb on facebook

  • jeannette

    instagram follower

  • jeannette

    heb pinterest follower

  • Cheryl Newton

    Mashed potatoes!

  • mintpearls

    My favorite is our family recipe for stuffing. So yummy! Thank you for the chance! πŸ™‚

  • mintpearls

    I like HEB on FB.

  • mintpearls

    I follow HEB On Pinterest.

  • I love homemade stuffing!

  • I follow you on FB

  • Tina

    Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce.

  • Leigh

    Day-after King Ranch Turkey casserole is my favorite tradition!

  • Allan

    Leftover sandwiches are the best part of my day.

  • Tania

    Dressing – only day of the year my family makes it.

  • Courtney Peebles

    My sister makes a chorizo cornbread dressing that is the most delicious thing. And I don’t like dressing.

  • Mar

    Anything served under whipped cream.

  • Courtney

    My aunt’s cream cheese-potato casserole thing. I don’t even know what you call it, but it has cornflakes on top. Soooo terrible and soooo wonderful.

  • Wendy

    green bean casserole – but only the kind that comes wholly out of cans πŸ˜€

  • Angie

    Pumpkin pie

  • Irene

    Gravy-drenched cornbread dressing!

  • How can you choose just one?! Maybe the homemade stuffing as it’s not something I make pretty much any other time of year.

  • AND, I follow you on FB. πŸ™‚

  • Beth D

    Rolls! Stuffing! Anything made of bread πŸ™‚

  • Brandie

    My grandmother’s stuffing

  • sweet potatoes! and alll the desserts πŸ™‚

  • i follow the blog on instagram!

  • Heathers

    The stuffing and gravy! love it and do not make stuffing often, so it is a Thanksgiving treat.

  • Jessica

    My favorite dish is probably my grandma’s sweet potatoes. It has all the butters and sugars and is heavenly. She also makes an amazing creamy coleslaw. Sadly I’m missing my family’s Thanksgiving this year, for the first time ever.

  • Stephanie C

    Honey baked ham!!!!

  • Rebecca


  • Amy

    Sweet potato pie!

  • Amy

    I follow you on Facebook.

  • Amy

    I follow HEB on Pinterest.

  • rachel

    Green bean casserole!!

  • Katie

    I’m all about the green bean casserole. The old fashioned kind, not the ones with the higher brow twists πŸ™‚

  • Sarah L

    I absolutely love homemade cranberry sauce. I get really disappointed if there isn’t any left the next day. I’ll have to try your Cranwich!

  • Tierney

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is stuffing!

  • Tierney

    I follow on Instagram (ginger_krueger)

  • Tierney

    I follow HEB on pinterest (@Teddybeans)

  • Stephanie

    Has to be the turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce and stuffing!

  • Homemade rolls dipped in gravy!

  • I follow HEB on Pinterest (Julie Na-vigating a Cl-uttered K-itchen)

  • derek

    I love the whole meal. The greatest food holiday ever!!!

  • derek

    I follow H-E-B on Twitter

  • I really love mashed potatoes. And gravy. Of course gravy.

  • I follow you on Facebook

  • I follow H-E-B on facebook

  • amom2

    Sweet Tea brined turkey – That sounds really neat, I think I’ll need to try that sometime. πŸ™‚ I really enjoy my mother’s 24-Hour Cranberry Salad and homemade soft rolls – but seriously the best is the comfort food of creamy mashed potatoes. πŸ™‚

  • Nicole

    My mom’s stuffing!

  • Stuffing!! I don’t care if it’s stove top or homemade. I will devour any and all stuffing at Thanksgiving.

  • And I follow you on FB.

  • Teresa

    Thanksgiving food favorite? the veggies and stuffing roasted along with the turkey

  • Teresa

    I also follow you on facebook!

  • Teresa

    And HEB as well (love this store!)

  • Margaret

    Dressing and homemade cranberry sauce.

  • Christine

    My favorite dish – tie for roasted sweet potatoes and my mom’s buffet green beans.

  • I’m a sucker for the homemade pies!

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