Cheese and Jalapeño Muffin Tray Bake

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Unbelievably simple and with flavors you just can’t get enough of, this cheese and jalapeño muffin tray bake is exactly like its individual muffin counterparts but with more bang! This is a perfect comfort food side. Fiery and cheesy just can’t be beat.

Cheese and jalapeno muffin tray bake

As to the heat, you can leave the pith in the jalapeño pepper (2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units) for some more spice, and adding some fresh jalapeño slices on top of the cheese while baking offers up an additional way to spice things up. Or opt for a hotter chili with a similar bright bite. Serrano peppers (10,000 to 23,000 SHU) fit the bill quite well here, and they are roughly double the heat of those jalapeños.

The baking tin should be around 15 x 10 inches. It’s okay if yours is a little bigger or smaller, just adjust the cooking time and check with a clean skewer to ensure it has cooked through before removing it from the oven. Be careful not to over-mix the muffin mix, as the muffins won’t rise as well as they should. Mix well enough that the ingredients are only just combined. This is the key to a great muffin.

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cheese and jalapeno muffin tray bake

Cheese and Jalapeño Muffin Tray Bake

A delicious feel-good side
3.50 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 8 servings
Calories 345 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave for 30-60 second then mix the crushed garlic with it.
  • Finely chop the onion into the smallest cubes possible.
  • Remove the seeds and pith from the Jalapeno and finely chop.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl being careful not to over mix – hold back half of the cheese for the topping.
  • Grease your baking tray (15"x10" recommended) with some butter then pour in the mixture and use a spatula to spread it evenly then top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 30-40 minute and test if i skewer comes out clean to check if cooked through.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 345kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 13gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 396mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 618IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 302mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 21, 2023 to include new content.
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