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Jalapeno Cheddar Artisan Bread combines the spicy kick of jalapeños with the sharpness of cheddar cheese, creating a flavorful and satisfying bread—a dense bread with a crisp crust.

This easy no knead bread recipe combines the spicy kick of jalapeños with the sharpness of cheddar cheese, creating a bread that is both flavorful and satisfying.

Jalapeo cornbread with cheese and jalapeos on a plate.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • No knead jalapeño cheddar bread recipe is easy to make at home.
  • The combination of spicy jalapeños and sharp cheddar cheese creates a perfect fusion of flavors.
  • The no-knead artisan bread recipe creates a light and airy texture without extensive kneading.
  • It’s really good – I mean really good.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups water, hot
  • 4 cups All-purpose flour, aerated and divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 1/4 cup cheese; shredded, chopped, or small crumbles

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Wire rack
  • A rubber spatula or silicone spatula
  • Le Creuset Dutch oven or cast iron pot
  • Large sheet of parchment paper

Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes | Set time: 1 hour

The ingredients for a guacamole recipe are laid out on a table.

How to Make the Best Jalapeno Cheese Bread Recipe

  1. Prep the jalapeños by slicing 1/2 of jalapeño into 4-5 1/8” ring slices and set aside. Take the remaining 1 1/2 jalapeños, and remove the stem, seeds, and white membrane.
  2. Finely dice the peppers and set aside. You can leave the seeds for extra spice.
  3. Prepare the cheddar by shredding it. Set aside.
  4. Add instant yeast to hot water and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Add 3 cups of aerated flour to a large mixing bowl with the salt.
  6. Once the yeast is foamy, add the flour mixture and begin to work the mixture into a sticky but firm dough.
  7. You can use your hands or a wooden spoon. While mixing, add the diced peppers and cheese and continue to work the dough.
Four photos showing the process of making guacamole.
  1. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, damp cloth, or plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm place. It should double in size.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Once warm, place the no knead jalapeno bread on a lightly floured surface and gently work the dough into a smooth round loaf. Try not to overwork the dough.
  3. Add a large piece of parchment paper to the Dutch oven and place your dough inside.
A series of photos showing how to make a pizza with jalapenos and cheese.
  1. Score the top of the dough by using a sharp knife with a fine edge or a razor blade. I like to score an “x” and 1/4” deep.
  2. Lightly sprinkle the loaf with some cheese, and place the jalapeño slices flat around the top of the lid; press in slightly.
  3. Cover with the lid, place in the hot oven, and cook at 450°F for 30 minutes.
  4. Once complete, remove the lid and cook for 5-10 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
No kneaded jalapeno cheddar artisan bread recipe.
Cheesy jalapeo bread on a plate with jalapeos.

How to Store This Bread

Refrigeration isn’t necessary for bread, but it can extend its shelf life. If you plan to consume it within a few days, storing it at room temperature should be fine.

However, if you want to keep it for a longer period, refrigeration can help prevent mold growth and maintain freshness. Just make sure it’s well-wrapped to prevent it from drying out.

What goes with jalapeno cheddar bread?

This jalapeno cheddar bread makes an excellent side dish alongside tomato, chicken noodle, or creamy butternut squash soup for a comforting meal. You can also create bread bowls with the jalapeño cheddar bread and fill them with a creamy soup like clam chowder or a hearty vegetable stew.

Use it as the main bread in your favorite roasted turkey, ham, or grilled chicken sandwich.

Better yet, toast a couple of slices and serve them with scrambled eggs or as a side with a hearty breakfast omelet.

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