Top 20 Best Cornbread Recipes

Cornbread is a staple in the South. Here are twenty of my favorite recipes, including hot and spicy versions, muffins, fried cornbread, classic buttermilk cornbread, hush puppies, and more.

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    Tex-Mex Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

    Cream-style corn, chile peppers, and shredded cheese help to make this a moist and delicious cornbread, perfect to serve with beans, a bowl of chili, or a hearty soup or stew. A cast iron skillet makes the best crust, but a heavy baking pan can be used as well.

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    Tennessee Corn Light Bread
    Tennessee Corn Light Bread. Diana Rattray

    This Tennessee cornbread isn't low in calories or fat, but the texture is lighter than a typical Southern cornbread. It's an old-fashioned regional favorite.

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    Southern Buttermilk Cornbread
    Classic Southern Cornbread. Diana Rattray

     This is an excellent choice if you're looking for a basic buttermilk cornbread to serve with beans, greens, or a big bowl of chili. Or make a pan to use for stuffing.

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    Pumpkin Corn Muffins
    Pumpkin Corn Muffins. Diana Rattray

     Use a little sugar in these muffins or cut back to make a less sweet muffin to go with chili or beans. The pumpkin in the mixture makes them moist and tasty.

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    Maple Bacon Cornbread Image by Diana Rattray
    Maple Bacon Cornbread. Maple Bacon Cornbread

     This fabulous cornbread is sweetened with a little maple syrup, in the batter and in the glaze. Bacon makes it the perfect breakfast cornbread, but it would also be a nice bread to serve with beans.

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    Buttermilk Cornbread
    Moist Buttermilk Cornbread. Howard Shooter/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

     Cream style corn gives this buttermilk cornbread wonderful moisture and texture along with the natural sweetness of the corn.

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    Spoonbread with Polenta
    Spoonbread with Polenta and Butter. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Stone ground cornmeal and coarser grits or polenta are added to the batter for this rich and delicious southern spoonbread recipe. Beaten egg whites give this spoonbread a light, souffle-like appearance right out of the oven.

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    Broccoli Cornbread
    Broccoli Cornbread. Diana Rattray

    This moist cornbread is made with broccoli and a Jiffy corn muffin mix. 

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    Cornbread with Corn Kernels
    Cornbread with Corn Kernels in a Cast Iron Skillet. Diana Rattray

    Corn kernels give this moist buttermilk cornbread extra texture and flavor.

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    Cheese Cornbread Muffins
    Cheese Cornbread Muffins. Diana Rattray

    These golden corn muffins are moist and cheesy. Serve the muffins with beans or chili.

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    sour cream cornbread muffins
    Diana Rattray

    These cornbread muffins are lightly sweetened with honey. The sour cream and butter give them fabulous texture and flavor.

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    Everyday Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

     This easy everyday cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to beans, chili, and greens. It also makes a great cornbread for cornbread dressing.

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    Honey Buttermilk Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

     Buttermilk, honey, and melted butter make this cornbread moist and flavorful. And the honey helps it brown nicely.

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    cornbread
    Diana Rattray

     To sweeten or not to sweeten. A Southern cornbread is usually made without any sweetener, but some people do choose to sweeten their cornbread. 

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    Mexican Cornbread With Peppers
    James Baigrie/Photolibrary/Getty Images

     This moist buttermilk cornbread includes chopped peppers, corn, and shredded cheese.

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    Butternut Squash Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

     Mashed butternut squash adds moisture and flavor to this delicious cornbread.

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    Maple and Bacon Cornbread Muffins
    Diana Rattray

     Maple syrup and bacon team up in these cornbread muffins. This is a great breakfast muffin, or serve them with beans or chili.

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    Johnnycakes

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    Diana Rattray

     These corn cakes are delicious rounds of fried cornbread. 

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    Flo's Mexican Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

    This easy Mexican cornbread is filled with shredded cheddar cheese and mild chile peppers.

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    Beer Batter Hush Puppies
    Diana Rattray

     Hush puppies are crisp fried cornmeal fritters traditionally served with fried catfish. They would be great with beans and greens as well.