Beer Bread with Bacon Jalapeno and Cheddar

Beer Bread

5 from 26 reviews

This Beer Bread is a crazy easy bread recipe that is made with crisp bacon, fresh jalapenos and tasty cheddar.  It is perfect for sandwiches, chili, soup, stew, or just because you love bread.  For an extra special treat toast a slice and lather on some real cream butter.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 slices crispy cooked bacon coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons jalapeno pepper finely minced
  • 2 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 beer (12 ounce) at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, cumin, sugar, bacon, jalapeno pepper and cheddar cheese. Pour beer over mixture and mix just until combined. Do not over mix. Spoon into loaf pan. Pour melted butter over bread.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until set and lightly browned.  Remove from the pan and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into the loaf.


  • Use excellent quality bacon and cheddar.
  • Look for younger jalapeno peppers that are smooth and green all over with no striations or blemishes.  These young green peppers are less stressed and more mild.
  • Use any non light beer.  Stay away from the flavored micro brews unless the flavor complements the bread.
  • Do not over mix the dough.
  • The bread loaf is done when set and lightly browned. You can use the toothpick test on this bread but it may come out with a little cheese on it and still be done.
  • Remove the cooked bread from the pan as soon as possible and let it cool for 15-20 minutes.
  • Store leftovers in a storage bag or airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • To freeze wrap in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, then place in a freezer bag.  Freeze for up to 2 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. 

Keywords: beer bread, cheddar beer bread, bacon cheddar beer bread, jalapeno cheddar beer bread, bacon beer bread, savory bread

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