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Green Chili Corn Muffins

While visiting a local Mexican restaurant, I sampled a spicy corn muffin with a surprising sweetness. This recipe is a result of numerous attempts to re-create that treat using convenient mixes. These moist muffins are tasty with Mexican dishes, chili and soup. -Melissa Cook, Chico, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) cornbread/muffin mix
  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  • In a large bowl, combine cornbread and cake mixes. In another bowl, combine the eggs, milk, water and oil. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Add chilies and 3/4 cup cheese.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 183 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • bonito15
    Apr 1, 2017

    These are really really good - I did substitute a pepper jack cheese and just a sprinkle of chili powder - huge hit at our house.

  • nursechef
    Oct 8, 2010

    Loved the sweetness of these. The only thing I'd change next time is adding some fresh jalapenos for a little more kick. The chilies were too bland for my liking with the sweetness of the cake mix. Also I won't sprinkle with cheese next time.

  • D. Licious
    Oct 1, 2009

    Thanks for this great recipe! The muffins are light and delicious. I put all the cheese in the mix and made a savory topping with cream cheese, honey, hot sauce, buttermilk and some of the chilis. Garnished with small red pepper slices.

  • scrambledwithcheese
    Apr 17, 2008

    Flavor is okay, but the cheese on top hardens in a few minutes and is gross. I'd rather just make a box of Jiffy cornbread mix than make these again.