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Bacon Cheddar Cornbread Muffins - Food Gypsy

Bacon Cheddar Cornbread Muffins


Savory, cheesy and bacon-y thees Bacon Cheddar Cornbread Muffins are a family favorite for breakfast, brunch, lunch and snack time. Indulge.


  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 4 green onions (or chives), chopped
  • 1 + 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar, divided


  1. Cook bacon until just beginning to crisp, on the stove top in a frying pan. Remove and drain on paper towel to cool. Drain off most of the bacon grease, leaving 1-2 tablespoons behind then add yellow onion and sweat over medium heat until tender and starting to brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.
  2. While bacon and onions cook, preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Prepare a 12 cup muffin pan: lightly with non-stick spray (bacon grease or butter) or line with paper muffin liners. (Or use a silicone muffin pan like the one above and skip the liners and extra fat.)
  3. Lightly whisk together buttermilk, olive oil and egg in a small bowl. Combine dry ingredients – flour, cornmeal, baking powder and soda, salt, chili powder and red pepper flakes – in a larger bowl. Add wet mix to dry mix and fold a few times with a spatula or wooden spoon to start to combine.
  4. Lightly chop bacon, add half the bacon to your mix along with all of the onion (both the cooked yellow and raw green) and 1 cup of the cheese, then mix until just combined. DO NOT OVER MIX. Divide cornbread batter equally among baking cups filling about the 3/4 mark. Sprinkle remaining bacon and cheese on top. Bake in 400°F (205°C) 15 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Remove Bacon Cheddar Cornbread Muffins from the pan to cool on wire racks.


Stored in a sealed container at room temperature, they will last about 3 days. To keep longer and fresher, store that container in the refrigerator. Or freeze and thaw as desired for high powered snacking, anytime.

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Brunch
  • Cuisine: American