Cornbread is a type of bread, which contains cornmeal. There are various ways to make cornbread, including baking, frying, and steaming. Different cornbread recipes contain different ingredients.
For a Mexican style cornbread, you might like to add some diced jalapenos or green chilies to the mixture, as well as creamed corn and perhaps some Mexican blend cheese. Cornbread goes with lots of traditional Mexican foods including chili con carne and Mexican casseroles.
You can make cornbread in a cast iron skillet and this gives wonderful results because the cast iron allows the air to circulate around the cornbread as it cooks, which gives crispy results. Steamed cornbread is the opposite of this and it tends to be chewy and mushy.
Most corn bread recipes are baked. Cornbread baked in a skillet usually involves melting lard or bacon drippings in a skillet in a warm oven and then pouring the corn bread batter directly on to the hot grease and baking it until it sets.
In the North, cornbread tends to be lighter and cooked in a baking dish rather than a skillet. A half flour and half cornmeal combination is used in the North, as opposed to all cornmeal like in the South.
The History of Cornbread
Corn bread was discovered by the Europeans settlers in North American, although native Americans used ground corn for cooking before these explorers and settlers arrived. A lot of corn bread was made and consumed during the American Civil War because it could be made in different shapes and sizes and it did not cost much to make.
Cornbread is a staple in the South and in Southwestern states and it is often enjoyed crumbled into buttermilk and eaten with a spoon in certain areas in the south. Cornbread with honey or with pinto beans used to be a popular children’s lunch in the mid 1900s in rural areas of the South. Crumbs made from cornbread can be used to make the stuffing for thanksgiving turkeys.
Corn bread can be salty or sweet but in the South, it tends to be saltier than Northern versions. Mexican cornbread with jalapenos, grated cheese, and creamed corn is especially popular in Texas but this version of corn bread is also made all over the United States because it is delicious and goes so nicely with authentic Mexican food recipes.
Recipe for Authentic Mexican Cornbread
This delicious recipe is very easy to make. You can use cheddar cheese rather than a Mexican blend if you prefer. The jalapenos add a kick to this delicious Mexican recipe and the finished corn bread will be soft and flavorful.
What you will need:
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup grated Mexican blend cheese
- 1 cup creamed corn
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 diced jalapenos
- 4 oz jar sliced pimientos
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 4 tablespoons melted shortening
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
How to make it:
Mix the cornmeal with the buttermilk and let this mixture stand for half an hour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Stir the flour, cheese, corn, eggs, baking powder, jalapenos, pimientos, sugar, shortening and baking soda into the buttermilk mixture, then transfer it to a greased 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake the cornbread for half an hour and serve it warm with your favorite Mexican food recipe.