Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits: Buttery, cheesy, jalapeño-flavored biscuits that are perfect for chili-dipping and without a whole lot of spiciness!
Way back in the early days of this little space on the internet, I made jalapeño cheddar cornbread.
Prior to making that cornbread, I had only ever made cornbread from that little blue and white Jiffy box. Before I really got into baking, the little blue Jiffy box cornbread suited my cornbread needs just fine.
But that jalapeño cheddar cornbread was a game changer for me. Not just as a boost for my baking confidence, but also for my taste preferences too.
That was BY FAR the best cornbread I had ever eaten and I found out that I L.O.V.E.D the flavor of jalapeño too! Who knew?!
Since that jalapeño venture, I’ve branched out to making these jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwiches, these cheddar jalapeño hamburger buns, and these cheddar jalapeño chicken burgers with guacamole more times than I can count over the years.
I also roasted jalapeños and added them to homemade queso to dip homemade soft pretzels into. You all but have to drag me away from eating way too many of those pretzels. I’m my own worst enemy!
So when I made that chili con carne with black and pinto beans a few weeks ago, I had this major hankering for something jalapeño-y to go along with the chili.
I always get that hankering for big jalapeño flavor in the winter months. It’s like my body knows it needs something spicy to help keep itself warm!
And rather than going in the cornbread with chili direction I usually feel, I went in the direction of these jalapeño cheddar biscuits instead.
I’ve made so many different biscuit recipes over the years but I keep coming back to this base recipe as my newer favorite. It’s a buttermilk biscuit that’s loaded with butter which creates lots of flaky layers in the biscuits.
These buttermilk drop biscuits appeared here a few years back and while I love the craggy edges of a drop biscuit, I really love the repeating pattern of a batch of perfectly round biscuits on a baking sheet.
So I added a chopped jalapeño and a couple cups of shredded sharp cheddar to my new favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe and from the oven popped some of the most delicious biscuits I’ve ever made.
They had the big flavor of that jalapeño cheddar cornbread but with the buttery layers and a hint of tang from the buttermilk. And since I removed the seeds and pith from the jalapeño, they weren’t spicy at all!
These jalapeño cheddar biscuits are perfect for dunking in your favorite chili or for making little egg sandwiches with on a snowy weekend morning.
We love them and I know you will too!
Tools I Used for This Recipe:
OXO Good Grips mixing bowl set
OXO stainless measuring cups
Cuisipro measuring spoons
Fluted biscuit cutters (mine are antiques but this set is a solid alternative)
Williams Sonoma Goldtouch baking sheet
Pro Tips: Make-ahead Tip: These biscuits are best eaten on the day you bake them. But, you can make and cut out the dough in advance and freeze them to be baked off later. Just add 2 minutes to the baking them when you bake them from frozen (do not thaw them before baking). adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Make-ahead Tip: These biscuits are best eaten on the day you bake them. But, you can make and cut out the dough in advance and freeze them to be baked off later. Just add 2 minutes to the baking them when you bake them from frozen (do not thaw them before baking).
adapted from Smitten Kitchen