Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

I generally prefer to bake from scratch.  But on those days when you don’t have the time to be bothered with measuring, these baking mixes sure come in handy! I love Trader Joe’s baking mixes.  They never have those hydrogenated soybean oil or any preservatives in their mixes.  With this particular baking mix, they also have corn kernels, which is nice because it actually gave the cornbread more texture and flavor.

Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

I baked this during the day and paired it with a bowl of chicken chili (recipe to come…) we had for dinner.  It really hit the spot.  I love autumn! Perfect weather for soups, stews and chili! And it makes baking bearable again.  Yay!

Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

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  • 4 slices of good quality bacon, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 (15 ounce) box of cornbread mix (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread


In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown bacon until crisp.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towel; set aside.  Reserve about 1 teaspoon of bacon fat for greasing the baking pan.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8-inch round baking pan with the reserved bacon fat.

Using a stand or electric mixer (or mix by hand) beat egg, oil and buttermilk until well blended.  Add cornbread mix, chopped scallions, cheddar cheese and bacon.  Continue to mix until just moistened, do not overmix.  Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick/tester inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let the cornbread cool slightly before serving.

Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread


53 thoughts on “Bacon and Cheddar Cornbread

  1. I love Trader Joes cornbread mix!! I always add in a can of diced green chiles and sometimes some cheddar cheese. I love that you added bacon though…totally doing that next time 🙂 mmm, can’t wait for your chicken chili recipe. So funny because I had a craving and was going to cook some up this week!

  2. We had chicken chili and cornbread for dinner last night! We are on the same wavelength! I should have thought to put bacon in my cornbread though – what a great idea! Yours looks delish

  3. I love to bake from scracth as well, but I don’t think I’ll get round to do it now that school has started :(( I wish we could get TJ mixes here too, because the ones they sell here are full of nasty additives yuk!
    This looks amazing with the bacon and cheese bites. And I’m dying to see your recipe for chicken chili… I’m sure it’ll be lovely! x

  4. I have nothing against boxed food, as matter of fact use them quite often, as long as they are conscientiously made/packed, I love Trader Joe’s. They are cooks’ helper. I like cornbread and it really is a treat whenever I have them. This is yummy!

  5. I so wish I lived near Trader Joes. I miss them! This cornbread looks so good. You really can’t go wrong with bacon and cheese! Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. I was just at Trader Joe’s today. I only started shopping there in the last couple of years – I was missing out for so long! Never tried the mixes but I bet it’s good. I’d love some of this to go with my soup!

  7. Trader Joe’s is the best – it’s so nice to have a few short-cuts like this up your sleeve, Anne – especially if you trust the quality. This is such a fun adaptation!

  8. If I didn’t know it was from a box I’d swear this was made entirely from scratch. The corn kernels were a nice touch. Where was this stuff back when I was in college? I would have lived off of Trader Joe’s food instead of instant noodles.

  9. I try not to use baking mixes either but in a pinch at least I know with Trader Joe’s products that it’s quality stuff! Your modified version of their cornbread sounds awesome!

  10. Trader Joe’s is the strangest place. It is absolutely full of products that you have no idea you can’t live without until you find them there. Then they become essential to your life! When TJ’s first opened here, my shopping cart would have just a few things in it. Now, 9 years later, my shopping cart is full every time I shop! I will add corn bread mix to the list. 🙂 Your add-ins sound delicious, Anne!

    • Thanks Wendy! I can’t live without Trader Joe’s. I do most of my shopping there. And whatever I can’t get there, I’ll go somewhere else for it. But for the most part, they have almost everything I need. I just love that place! 🙂

  11. Anne,
    I don’t think I have ever asked this to anyone, but can I come over to your place for supper sometime? I grew up on “Johnny Cake” and maple syrup, often with fried bullhead that we caught from the river adjacent to our camp, in upstate New York. Seeing this post is like being “home.” Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Good looking stuff! When I make cornbread I often stir in some frozen corn, just to add that interest you talked about. We’re having friends over in a week or so for chili, and I just may be making cornbread! The two are a terrific combo, aren’t they? Fun post – thanks.

  13. Love cornbread and this looks delish! Of course anything with bacon is awesome, but I love that you added it (along with cheddar) to give this a semi homemade feel. I use box mixes sometimes, too. Sometimes they’re really good and sometimes the occasion calls for it (like you said, a quicky). I’ve had better luck with cornbread box mixes than making it from scratch so it’s good to know that the Trader Joe one is a good one to try. 🙂

  14. Yum! Bacon, cheese and scallion…delicious combination for this cornbread…
    Thanks for the recipe Anne, hope you are having a fantastic week 😀

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