Jalapeno Cheese Bread

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.


2 loaves (12 pieces each)

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
Cheddar cheese and jalapenos give this savory bread a spicy southwestern flair. It makes a great accompaniment to chilis and stews. Top it with sweet cream butter and watch it disappear. —Julie Delisle, Ste-Sabine, Quebec
Jalapeno Cheese Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped seeded jalapeno peppers


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Stir in cheese and jalapenos.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Divide in half and shape into loaves. Place in 2 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Jalapeno Cheese Bread Tips

Can you make this jalapeno cheese bread in a Dutch oven?

You can! A Dutch oven is a tried and true classic when it comes to baking bread! We love that a Dutch oven creates a steamy environment in which the bread can bake. Just be aware that if you use one Dutch oven to make one larger loaf, your bread may need more time to bake to golden brown perfection.

What can you serve with jalapeno cheese bread?

Of course, this would be a great dunking vessel for traditional chili. But if you are looking for a fun twist on regular chili, this bread would also be great with our spicy white chili. It also pairs well with our spicy chicken and rice. Use leftovers for toast, croutons or delicious sandwiches.

How can you make jalapeno cheese bread your own?

You can certainly play around with the jalapenos you choose to use. While fresh is great, canned and pickled jalapenos lend a nice kick and zip to the bread! This recipe also calls for cheddar cheese, but you can switch up with your favorite. If you really want to kick up the heat, consider using pepper jack.

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 110 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.