Bandera Cornbread (Clone)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

Moist sweet and amazing cornbread from the Bandera chain of restaurants owned by Houstons. To accurately clone the restaurant's version, use small (6") cast iron skillets, however this can just be made in one large 12" cast iron skillet.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prehead oven & skillet to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, cornmeal, salt & baking powder and set aside. Melt butter and combine with sugar, creamed corn and chili peppers. Mix to combine. Add eggs one-by one and mix until well blended. Add cheese. Fold-in flour mixture until mixed well, clumps are okay.
  3. Carefully remove cast iron skillet from oven and evenly coat top and sides with canola/vegetable oil. Pour in cornbread batter (be careful, it may splatter).
  4. Bake 30-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Most Helpful

We just tried this recipe today and it was very tasty. However, it didn't taste exactly like the Bandera version, but I didn't use a cast iron pan. So, I'm going to make it again using cast iron to see if it comes closer to the original. Still, it's a great recipe and if you like cornbread, you will enjoy it!

Chef TMS January 11, 2009

One of my favorite go-to recipes for a dinner party! Always amazing!

Martha W. March 27, 2015

Made this last night. It was tasty moist and tender, sweet enough for me. It's not exactly Bandera, but close. I used a 9" Cast Iron pan overfilled to get the roll over edge like Bandera's. I sprinkled sugar on top for crunch (I noticed Bandera does this). It took about 60 minutes in the 9" pan maybe a bit longer to bake. A great recipe, however, if you like the taste of the chilis it's barely there, I would take the advice to add more chiles or go for the Hatch chiles. It was a bit too greasy for me, maybe less butter next time.

FotoDivaArt July 19, 2014