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Jalapeño Cornmeal Pancakes

These Jalapeño Cornmeal Pancakes are made with blue cornmeal and topped with crispy bacon and orange marmalade syrup. With a little bit of spice and a little bit of sweetness, blue jalapeño pancakes make the ideal breakfast or dinner.

(This recipe for Jalapeño Cornmeal Pancakes was originally posted in May 2010, but was updated with new photos in 2018).

Hero image of blue jalapeño cornmeal pancakes in a large stack, topped with crispy bacon strips, orange syrup, and chopped jalapeño on a white plate with "Jalapeño Cornmeal Pancakes" text at top

I guess this should come as no surprise considering I’m a food blogger, but I have quite a large obsession with cooking magazines. As in, I get way too many of them and never have time to thoroughly read all of them. So, every time I get one, I leaf through it and then put it in a stack (AKA under my coffee table) to read through in more detail “another time.” Years ago, I bought a huge binder with the intention of going through all my magazines, cutting out the recipes I wanted, and getting rid of the rest. Never happened. This is what my magazine shelf currently looks like… and it’s not even the half of it. I probably cut out about 200 recipes and then shoved them in the binder (not laminated or attached to anything…. Just shoved in). And then gave up. Sigh.

I’ve slowly been making my way though my ridiculous stacks, but they just keep getting bigger. And definitely don’t have any clear organization strategy. What can you do, right?? OK, don’t answer that because I know technically there’s a lot I could do. Anyway, while sorting through old Food Network magazines, I cam across this reader submitted recipe: Jalapeno Cornmeal Pancakes. With bacon on top. Yes and now please. I pretty much immediately made them and am now totally in love.

The recipe is simple and just slightly more complicated than making a plain old pancake. And so worth that extra small complication! Of course, you make your own syrup too. And while you definitely should (yum!), you certainly don’t have to if you’re in a rush. But do… Please do!!

First of all, if you’re not sure where to find blue cornmeal, you can get it here on Amazon (affiliate link), but I’ve also seen it at Whole Foods before. Bob’s Red Mill is the brand I’ve been using.

Bag of Bob's Red Mill Blue Cornmeal

You can start by making the orange marmalade syrup and then keeping it warm while you make the jalapeño pancakes. Sometimes pancakes seem like such a huge undertaking, but every time I make them, I remember how ridiculously quick and easy they are. So, you’ll want to have that syrup ready and waiting. Easy to do since you really just add everything into a saucepan and heat it up. You can thin the syrup out with more orange juice if you want.

Orange marmalade, orange juice, chopped scallions, and diced jalapeño in saucepan ready to be heated for orange marmalade syrup

Like I said, these are pretty typical pancakes, but with the addition of blue cornmeal jalapeño, scallions, and parmesan cheese.

Note that your batter will be quite thin; a lot thinner than when making the typical pancake. But don’t worry!

Collage showing process to make jalapeño cornmeal pancakes, including batter dry ingredients in mixing bowl, wet ingredients mixed in with jalapeño, scallions, and cheese being folded in, and pancake batter in skillet

Because it will all work out and before long, you will be sitting in front of a gorgeous stack of blue jalapeño pancakes topped with crispy bacon and orange syrup. Gimme, gimme, gimme.

Bird's eye view of jalapeño cornmeal pancakes topped with crispy strips of bacon, diced jalapeños, and orange marmalade syrup on a white plate with orange slice in the background

All I can say is WOW. These were the most heavenly savory pancakes EVER. I made them for dinner, but they’d also obviously be a super fun brunch option.

Head on view of stack of blue jalapeño cornmeal pancakes topped with crispy bacon on a white plate and purple and yellow napkin with orange slices and Starbucks mug in the background

The flavors are just tremendous. Even if you’re not into too much spice, they should be fine for you; it’s more the flavor of the jalapeño than the heat you’re getting with these. I also just love that the pancakes have just a little bit of cheese in them– It was barely noticeable, but added some good flavor.

Close-up view of stack of blue jalapeño cornmeal pancakes topped with bacon and diced jalapeño on a white plate with small dish or orange marmalade syrup, jalapeño, and Starbucks mug in the background

I never even thought to make pancakes with blue cornmeal before, but I’m so in love with the blue hue of these jalapeño pancakes, I might have to continue using blue cornmeal in my pancakes from now on.

These pancakes take breakfast for dinner to a whole new level. I absolutely love coming up with new pancake concoctions and this one might just be my favorite so far. Definitely on the “make again” list. And that orange syrup?? You know I love maple syrup, but I’d also be pretty thrilled if we decided to call it a day and put orange marmalade syrup on everything. The citrus goes so well with the jalapeño and bacon for a sort of tropical/Southwestern feel.

Head-on view of blue jalapeño cornmeal pancakes topped with bacon, orange syrup, and diced jalapeño with bites taken out on a white plate

Omg we didn’t even talk about that crispy bacon on top!! If you’re like me, bacon with pancakes are a must, so topping the jalapeño cornmeal pancakes with these was perfection. I also have to say that I’m pretty sure Chris fell a little more in love with me when I put a plate of these jalapeño pancakes in front of him. I also may have fallen a little more in love with myself. Just sayin’.

Hero image of blue jalapeño cornmeal pancakes in a large stack, topped with crispy bacon strips, orange syrup, and chopped jalapeño on a white plate

What’s your favorite “unique” pancake? Any kinds you’ve been dying to try?

If you love jalapeño pancakes, you should also check out my Jalapeño Bacon Corn Pancakes and get ready for the best weekend ever (one recipe on Saturday…. and one recipe on Sunday…).

Jalapeño Cornmeal Pancakes

These Jalapeño Cornmeal Pancakes are made with blue cornmeal and topped with crispy bacon and orange marmalade syrup. With a little bit of spice and a little bit of sweetness, blue jalapeño pancakes make the ideal breakfast or dinner.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Entree
Cuisine: Eclectic, Southwestern
Keyword: breakfast, jalapeño, pancakes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Sues


Orange Marmalade Syrup

  • 12 oz. jar orange marmalade
  • 1/3-1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped


  • 1/2 cup blue cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil, plus more for griddle
  • 2 Tbsp chopped jalapeño peppers
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 8 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked crispy (for topping)


Orange Marmalade Syrup

  • Heat marmalade, 1/3 cup orange juice, scallions, and jalapeño in a small saucepan over low heat. If you want to thin out the syrup, you can add more orange juice. Otherwise, leave it as is, keeping warm while you prepare the pancakes.


  • Whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Stir in egg, milk, and canola oil until just combined. Batter will be thin. Fold in jalapeño, parmesan, and scallions.
  • Heat a griddle or large skillet and spray or brush it lightly with oil. Ladle about 3 tablespoons onto the griddle for each pancake.
  • Cook until the tops of the pancakes are bubbly and then flip them and cook until golden brown. Continue with all of the batter.
  • Serve in stacks and top with crispy bacon and warm orange marmalade syrup.

18 Responses to "Jalapeño Cornmeal Pancakes"

  1. Erica says:

    Yum! I love savory pancakes. I made cornmeal pancakes recently from a recipe on no meat athlete and LOVED them Its so fun to makeover a traditionally sweet food into something savory.

  2. Kelly says:

    Those look fantastic. I don’t know that I can think of a creative pancake recipe off the top of my head. I am a fan though of recipes that involve whipping the egg whites separately as they yield the most fabulously light pancakes. These look awesome though. I’m getting better at my magazine organization. I purged almost all of them before I moved, saving the recipes I wanted for my binder or in my software program.

  3. Pam says:

    This looks delicious and the bacon tops them off perfectly. I’m with you on the magazines and need a system!

  4. These dinner pancakes sound so delicious. I’ve never who have thought about spciy pancakes.

  5. Kimberly says:

    I stayed at an inn once in Stowe, VT that had a crazy pancake menu, so this post reminds me a lot of all those unique pancakes I tried there. I’m more of a fruit-in-my-pancake type of person because I’m not sure I’d like jalapenos in the morning. Fun to try different kinds though!

    Congrats Christina on the spa win!

  6. This kind of sounds like those biscuits you made a while back. Yum. For some reason I can’t wrap my head around making pancakes savory though. I just love the sweetness too much. BUt bacon on top…perfectly delish!

  7. Sophie @ yumventures says:

    these look incredible!! especially topped with bacon! i love anything cornmeal, but ive never used the blue kind! so creative and delicious!

  8. Shannon says:

    oh wow, brunch me up! fantastic 🙂

  9. Simply Life says:

    Wow, those pancakes are so creative- nice work!

  10. brandi says:

    I have not done savory pancakes yet, but I think I need to. Anything with bacon is right up my alley 🙂

  11. Chris says:

    Amazing. Really really good!

  12. Mary says:

    These really look seriously delicious. This is a really great idea and I’ve bookmarked the recipe to make for visiting grandchildren. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  13. Kim K says:

    pancakes are most adored breakfast/lunch/dinner foods of all times. im totally going to try these out!!! (maybe ill make them for funfearless!)

  14. Julie Q says:

    Those look fiercer than fierce. And that purple background? It looks like an editorial for Bon Apetite! 🙂

  15. The Duo Dishes says:

    Very, very intrigued by this. VERY! Everything sounds great–savory and spicy with a bit of fruity, sweetness to cool it off. Oh yes.

  16. I’m totally the same way. I get food magazines all the time and I set them aside to read at a later time. Then, before I know it, I have piles everywhere. The pancakes sound amazing.

  17. Marjory says:

    5 stars
    Love this twist on general pancakes. Delicious, pretty and perfect for dinner too!

  18. Rebecca says:

    5 stars
    I love cornmeal pancakes, but have never tried making them with blue corn. Such a great idea!!!

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