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jalapeno cheese grits casserole

Jalapeno Cheese Grits Recipe- Cheddar Grits

This jalapeno cheese grits recipe combines grits, cheddar, cream cheese, and jalapeno that is baked into a casserole for a rich, creamy side dish. Delicious!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 221kcal


  • 4 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup stone grits
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped jalapeño
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large pot, heat 4 cups of water to a boil and add ½ teaspoon salt. Slowly pour 1 cup grits into boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes covered , stirring often while cooking. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in ¼ cup melted butter, 8 oz cream cheese, ½ cup finely chopped jalapeño, and ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese. Mix until melted.
  • Add 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon crushed garlic, and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Mix.
  • Pour grits into a greased 8x8 casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cup cheddar cheese over top of grits.
  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 to 15 minutes before serving.



Note:  Resting allows the casserole to thicken. If you serve immediately without resting, the dish will be very soupy.
Note: If you do not like a rich garlic flavor, substitute fresh garlic for powder garlic.
Cayenne pepper will make it spicy. You can omit that for a more mild dish.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 0.4mg