Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffed Peppers with Enchilada Sauce

August 4, 2014

Let’s call Thursday “The day we ate all of the corn”.  First we had these peppers stuffed with cornbread studded with fresh corn and then we went to the movies and ate ALL of the popcorn.  With Milk Duds.  Because movie theater popcorn demands Milk Duds — have you tried that? DO IT.  We saw an early release of Guardians of the Galaxy and it was amazing.  Eat these peppers then go see it.  Or, even better, smuggle these into the theater in your purse.  Popcorn, cornbread …. same thing, right?

Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffed Peppers with Enchilada SauceJalapeno Cornbread Stuffed Peppers with Enchilada Sauce

This is not the first time I’ve stuffed cornbread into some peppers.  Last year, I did a half chili, half cornbread combo and it was killer (if you’re looking for a vegan/gluten free option, try those!), but I wanted to take it up a notch and get some fresh sweet corn in there.  Is there anything better than sweet corn in the summer?  Even though I’ve been done with Invisalign for a year, I’m still afraid of biting into a cob of corn.  They were loose for so long (and still the slightest bit loose now) that I have dreams of biting into a year of corn and having all of my teeth fall out on the plate.  So instead of staring at a plateful of my own teeth, I’ve been exclusively eating corn that’s been cut off of the cob.

Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffed Peppers with Enchilada Sauce

Now that you have all of those sexy images of a plate of teeth, lemme convince you to go make/eat these.  The cornbread is perfectly moist and strikes a balance between crumbly and cakey (which is an argument that Josh and I have regularly).  They take kind of a long time to cook, but it gives you time to make the enchilada sauce and get extra hungry from the delicious smells filling your house.  I even tried to make these look extra pretty and enticing by sprinkling the terribly disgusting cilantro all over them — looks pretty, tastes like soap.  But if you like that soapy, cilantro flavor, sprinkle it all on top 😉

Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffed Peppers with Enchilada Sauce

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Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffed Peppers with Enchilada Sauce
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Serves: 4 – 8

  • 1 c white whole wheat flour
  • 1 c cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c milk of choice
  • ½ c maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener like agave)
  • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 c corn
  • 2 jalapenos, diced (ribs and seeds removed if you don’t like it spicy)
  • 4 – 5 bell peppers (4 extra large, 5 medium sized)
  • 1 recipe enchilada sauce
  • sour cream/Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, cilantro (all optional) to top

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Spritz a casserole dish with a lid with nonstick spray. If you don’t have one, a regular baking dish and a piece of aluminum foil will work.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, syrup, yogurt, and oil until well combined. Stir the dry into the wet until almost combined. Add the corn and jalapenos and mix until just combined.
  3. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and clean out the insides. Fill each pepper ¾ of the way with cornbread mixture.
  4. Place peppers in the baking dish. Add water to the bottom so that there’s about a ½ inch of water in the bottom. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the lid (or aluminum foil) and bake an additional 25 – 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the enchilada sauce recipe. I let mine simmer extra long to get thicker. If you’d prefer to use a canned variety, I’d at least recommend letting it simmer and thicken.
  6. Serve peppers cut in half, covered in enchilada sauce. Top with Greek yogurt or sour cream, shredded cheese, and cilantro if desired.

Serve ½ of a pepper as a side dish; 1 whole pepper as a main dish.
If you like a sweeter cornbread, add ¼ c of additional dry sweetener, such as turbinado sugar.



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    Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes Aug 07, 2014

    Oh my goodness! These look phenomenal!!! I have to try this soon. Also, I really liked that movie a lot more than I thought I would! Loved Chris Pratt in it. 🙂

    marcie Aug 06, 2014

    This is just pure deliciousness, Kelly! I’ve never thought to bake cornbread stuffed in something, and I love this idea. Brilliant!

    Joanne Aug 06, 2014

    The sad thing is, I could totally see myself smuggling cornbread-stuffed peppers into a movie theater. I mean CORNBREAD. That is probably the best stuffing. Ever.

      Kelly Aug 06, 2014

      It wouldn’t be the weirdest food I’d brought into a theater. But probably the most delicious.

    PassTheKnife Aug 05, 2014

    This looks fantastic, I love that it is stuffed with something hearty like cornbread– I bet it is a nice mix between cornbread and polenta when cooked. I have some peppers growing the the garden and this will be the perfect meal for them.

      Kelly Aug 05, 2014

      I’ve actually never had a firm polenta (only the creamy, almost hot cerealy kind), so I’m not sure! It was heavenly and moist though. Definitely a hearty and delicious meal, wrapped up in a tasty pepper. I’m jealous you have peppers right in your garden to use in them!

    Sarah@RunningOnBrie Aug 05, 2014

    These stuffed peppers look phenomenal! I love the idea of stuffing cornbread in them…sound like the perfect mix of sweet, spicy and perfectly filling. So creative!

    Joanna @Makingmine Aug 05, 2014

    Confession: I had my 1st stuffed pepper this weekend. I now need to add this recipe to my long list of things to try. Where have these been all my life?!?!?!?!

      Kelly Aug 05, 2014

      WHAAAA? First stuffed pepper?! I hope that means now you’re hooked, because you have just a few stuffed pepper-less years to make up for!

    cheri Aug 04, 2014

    Hi Kelly, what a creative dish, love the idea of stuffing the peppers with cornbread. delicious!

    Megan Aug 04, 2014

    Wow, this is the coolest thing ever! I never would have thought to bake something like this in a pepper!!!

      Kelly Aug 04, 2014

      Thanks, Megan! I’ve actually never seen a recipe like this before (I could only find ones where you crumble pre-made cornbread into the peppers), so I had my fingers crossed the whole time that it would turn out. Luckily, it came out SO incredibly delicious!

    Em @ Love A Latte Aug 04, 2014

    Wow this recipe is seriously impressive looking!!! And I love corn bread! I’m going to check out that vegan version you mentioned now!

      Kelly Aug 04, 2014

      I wish I would’ve had time to recipe test this using flax or something instead of the egg so I could give a vegan option! From previous experience, I know that the yogurt would swap out fine for a vegan yogurt or sour cream. But seriously, that cornbread + chili stuffed pepper is incredible, too!

    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Aug 04, 2014

    Stuffing peppers with cornbread sounds like the BEST idea ever. I am on a major cornbread kick right now. It is SO good!

      Kelly Aug 04, 2014

      There’s something about cornbread and the end of summer (waaaaah!) that just makes the perfect pairing.

    Becky @ Olives n Wine Aug 04, 2014

    What the whatttttt?! These look KILLER! I’m obsessed with all things cornbread (so is Kyle) and stuffing peppers with it sounds like perfection. This is happening once our first fall Saturday hits. Holy yum.

      Kelly Aug 04, 2014

      Since Josh is from the South, a LOT of cornbread happens in our house. This would be perfect on a crisp fall day (or to carbo-load for your marathon ;-))

    Julia Aug 04, 2014

    Sign of how behind the times I am: I haven’t even heard of Guardians of the Galaxy, but I’m always up for a good movie + milk duds. PLUS did you know I ALWAYS got milk duds at the movie theater when I was a kid? I lost many-a-baby tooth via the milk dud, so really I have an adoration toward them for making me rich off of tooth fairy money 😉

    CORNBREAD in my pepper?!! I’m freaking out. With encho sauce? Double freak out. I’m in desperate need of these beauties!

      Kelly Aug 04, 2014

      Whaaaa? You haven’t heard of Guardians of the Galaxy? You’d love it! Two of the main characters are a foul-mouthed racoon with a love of weaponry and a bad ass house plant. Like seriously, it’s the best. I like to pour the Duds over my popcorn so they get nice and melty — cant risk pulling out a non-baby tooth! I’m pretty sure this is the only way to eat cornbread now. It’s so fanastically perfect.