These mini jalapeno cornbread muffins have a surprise cream cheese filling that is extra tasty!

Mini cornbread muffins make the perfect side dish beside a hot bowl of soup or chili. They are tasty and fun little appetizers, and best of all, they are ready in just minutes using Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix!

Make them in mini muffin tins for bite-sized snacks. The creamy filling quiets the heat of the jalapeno peppers, and makes these corn muffins extra moist and creamy that they don’t even need any butter! Try them with cheddar or crumbled bacon added in!

sliced Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

Mini Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins!

  • Just a few ingredients and a little bake time, jalapeno cornbread muffins are moist and fluffy with a melty cream cheese center that balances out the spicy jalapeno pepper perfectly – but feel free to adjust the spicy flavors as needed.
  • These hearty little muffins are delicious as a side with a favorite soup, stew, or chili. They also make a great snack with a smear of honey butter.
ingredients to make Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

Ingredients and Variations

JIFFY CORNBREAD MIX: This perennially popular quick Corn Muffin Mix is not only versatile but affordable and easy to find. But, just in case, here’s a Jiffy copycat recipe that will do the trick.

CHEESE: Cheddar has a sharp, bold flavor but shredded mozzarella or a Mexican cheese blend will work great, too! The finer the shred, the better it will melt onto the top, creating a nice surface for the sliced jalapeno (optional) to bake in. The cream cheese can be omitted to save a few calories, but they’re better with it!

TOPPINGS: Try these pickled jalapenos, or use sliced black olives instead. Bacon bits can be added to the batter or sprinkled on top. Add sliced green onions or sprinkle a few red pepper flakes over the cheese for a pop of color, too!

process of adding ingredients to muffin tin to make Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

How to Make Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

Just follow these easy steps!

  1. Dice the jalapeno. Use a chopper to make this super simple! I love that it makes perfectly small diced pieces, without much handling of the jalapeno, in no time flat. If you haven’t used it before, you definitely should! I have the Vidalia Chopper.
  2. Mix the diced jalapeno into Jiffy batter.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to evenly fill 20 mini muffin tins.
  4. Push a small cube of cream cheese into the center of the batter of each muffin and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  5. Garnish as desired and bake until tops are golden brown.
cooked Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

Tips & Tricks

For the best, fluffiest muffins, avoid overmixing the batter so that it stays airy and light. Allow the batter to rest for a few minutes after mixing.

Use eggs and cream cheese that have come to room temperature so they will mix and melt better.

Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins cut open

Storing Cornbread Muffins

  • Keep jalapeno cornbread muffins in a plastic airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days.
  • They can also be put in a zip-top bag or Stasher bag and frozen for later, so why not double up the batch!
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Let's Get Baking!

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Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

For a delish side or appetizer, make jalapeño popper corn muffins with a cream cheese surprise in the middle. Using Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, they are ready in just 30 minutes or less!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Resting time 6 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 20 muffins
Author Candace


  • 8.5 ounces Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 1 box
  • 1 jalapeno pepper finely diced
  • 1 egg
  • cup milk
  • 3 ounces cream cheese cut into 20 cubes
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 jalapeno pepper thinly sliced (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease mini muffin tin (I use butter).
  • Mix dry corn muffin mix and diced jalapeno together. Add egg and milk and stir until just combined. Allow to sit for 3 minutes.
  • Using 1 ½ Tablespoon cookie scoop, fill mini muffin tin (20 mini muffins).
  • Push small cube of cream cheese into each muffin. Sprinkle each muffin with cheddar cheese. Top with jalapeno slice (if desired).
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until tops are golden brown. Cool in muffin tin for 3 minutes and carefully remove.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 82 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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  1. 5 stars
    Top 10!!!!! Omg we love ❤️ this recipe my kids go CRAZY 🤪 for them to the point they start counting how much either of them ate for sure I’ll be making them for gobble gobble day

    Thank you! For this FANTASTIC recipe

  2. 5 stars
    Top 10!!!!! Omg we love ❤️ this recipe my kids go CRAZY 🤪 for them to the point they start counting how much either of them ate for sure I’ll be making them for gobble gobble day

    Thank you! Fir th8s FANTASTIC recipe

  3. 5 stars
    Good evening,

    I will definitely try these this weekend with spare ribs my question is instead of lil muffins can I double the mixture make 2 boxes and bake in a glass dish?

  4. Perfect. Little. Bites! Served last night alongside spicy beef chili and Southern coleslaw. I usually prepare Jiffy Corn Muffins with chili instead of traditional Southern Cornbread as my husband nor my son are cornbread fans. I did not have fresh jalapeno on hand so I chopped a “fair amount” of jarred pickled jalapeno and used a couple pickled jalapeno slices on top per muffin. Clearly a different flavor, but it worked. Shredded about 4 ounces of Extra Sharp Tillamook and cubed about 4 ounces of cream cheese. Even my cornbread-averse husband & son ate these! WIN!! Next time, I will add a bit more cream cheese to each mini muffin cup and remove from oven at 18 minutes instead of at 20 minutes. I can hardly wait to try these delicious little bites with a big pot of black beans & rice or a couple slabs of grilled BBQ Baby Back Ribs or Cowboy Caviar & Pulled pork … so many options so little time!

    1. I’m so happy to hear how much you, and your husband and son especially, love these cornbread muffins! There’s never too much cheese, that sounds delish to me!

    1. To make 6 regular sized muffins, bake for 16-20 minutes, or for 9 muffins, bake for 16-18 minutes. Bake until tops are golden brown!
      Enjoy Margit!

      1. Good morning,

        Can I double the recipe and add it on a glass baking dish ? My son wants me to make these this Sunday they look AMAZING

        Thank you 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    These little mini muffins are awesome! I didn’t have jalapeño peppers so I used Hungarian wax hot peppers. Will definitely be making these again!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh my…what a wonderful combo of flavor. Just took these out of my oven–so beautifully golden! One muffin is not enough–had to use self-control not to eat the whole tray. I would like to use a full size muffin tin next time.

    1. This recipe uses corn muffin mix and it cannot be replaced with ordinary corn, unfortunately. You may be able to order it on Amazon to be delivered to you in the UK. I’ll be making a corn muffin mix substitute and will let you know once I have it up!