This is an OLD family recipe from a dear departed loved one of mine, she was from New Orleans. When Mrs. Margaret made Mexican Cornbread, she'd change up the ingredients one of two ways. The changes are included in () .
Step 1: Ingredients:
4-6 slices of bacon
1 cup cornmeal
¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. sugar, or ¼ cup sugar (some people like it sweeter)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 cup kernel corn
1 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, (or bacon grease)
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese (or ½ cup shredded Cheddar Cheese plus ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese)
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles, drained and chopped, (or ¼ cup Jalapeño Peppers, seeded and chopped)
Step 2: Bacon:
In a fry pan, add bacon and start frying the bacon. When bacon beings to curl, flip it with a fork. Continue cooking the bacon until it is done.
Using tongs, remove the pieces from the pan and onto paper towels to drain. Set aside. When bacon is cool, then break up into small/medium pieces.
Reserve the bacon grease. Set aside.
Preheat oven temperature to 425º F.
Place the cast iron skillet into the pre-heated oven until grease is very HOT, (approximately 8 minutes).
Step 7: Dry Ingredients:
In a large bowl whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking, sugar, powder, baking soda, and salt.
Step 8: IF:
If there are too many lumps remaining after whisking... simply sift the ingredients together.
Step 9: Bacon Grease:
Pour bacon grease and drippings into the cast iron skillet. PUT the cast iron skillet back into the pre-heated oven until grease is very HOT.
Step 10: Wet Ingredients:
In a separate medium sized bowl, combine and whisk together eggs, buttermilk, diced green chiles, and melted butter.
Then add the diced green chiles, well drained.
Add the corn, cheese and bacon to the buttermilk mixture, mixing to combine.
Add the wet mixture into dry ingredients. Stirring only until incorporated, Do NOT Over Mix.
Open oven door, pulling the rack out; carefully swirl the grease around, coating bottom evenly. CAREFULLY, pour cornbread batter into cast iron skillet.
Step 15: Baking:
Close door and bake 23- 25 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Step 16: Meanwhile...
While the Mexican cornbread is baking, this is a great time to wash the dishes!!
When the cornbread is done, remove cornbread from oven and cool for 10 to15 minutes.
Cut and serve while warm.