Sweet or savory?
Both cornbread and muffins seem to have one of two options…sweet or savory?
While I’ve long loved sweet cornbread I realized my Hatch Chile Chili needed a savory counterpart. Something nutty, cheesy and full of flavor! Since I’m addicted to Zia’s Hatch Green Chiles they seemed like the perfect fit for a cornbread side.
Muffins or Cake Style?
When it comes to cooking I prefer to dirty the fewest things and let’s be honest cleaning a muffin tin is NEVER fun. But sometimes you can’t beat the handheld, compactness muffins give you. I’ve also found an added bonus to these little treats being muffins that I’ll get into more below.
My experience has also been that muffins freeze better. So double the recipe and load up your freezer for a quick breakfast, side dish, or snack. I love how I can just take one or two out of the freezer when I need it and leave the rest for next time.
Hatch Chile Cheese Cornbread Muffins
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 12 muffins
- Category: Breakfast, Snack, Side Dish
- Cuisine: New Mexican, Mexican
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, plus more for tops
- ½ cup Hatch green chiles (I used medium)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin tin.
- In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour thru salt).
- Make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients (milk thru butter).
- Gently stir everything together until just mixed.
- Fold in 1 cup of cheddar cheese and the Hatch chiles.
- Evenly distribute batter into lined muffin tin. Top each muffin with a pinch of cheddar cheese.
- Bake for 25-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Changing the Spice Level
My added bonus of making these into muffins…you can split the batter, to appease the whole family.
The mix of Medium Hatch Chiles and cheddar cheese adds flavor without too much spice. My 3 year old happily gobbled up her muffin with no mention of it being too spicy. For an even milder version, the Sweet & Mild Red Chiles would be delicious and really pretty. I’ve even debated a mixing of mediums and reds for the beauty of the red specks.
If spice is what you’re looking for give the Hot Hatch’s a try. Hatch Chiles are smokey and I find real heat lovers find even the hots relatively mild. I would incorporate the hots for the smokey flavor and then swap out the cheddar cheese for pepper jack. If you’re feeling really crazy dice up some jalapenos and throw them in too!
An Unexpected Breakfast
When it comes to breakfast I’ve long been a savory fan. These muffins fit the bill! Slightly toasted in the oven and topped with butter they were the perfect morning treat! For the sweet lovers, a drizzle of honey over the butter would be AMAZING!
Sweet or savory? Why not both!