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Jalapeno Cheddar Sourdough Bread

Sharp cheddar, spicy jalapeños, and a great loaf of sourdough combine for a recipe you'll make over and over.  Perfect to serve with chili or make into a sandwich.

A jalapeno cheddar sourdough bread recipe that’s loaded with flavor. A beautiful crust, soft interior, and sharp cheese and spicy peppers combine for a loaf you won’t forget.

If you love the idea of a sourdough bread with mix-ins, try lemon zest and blueberry sourdough too!

jalapeno cheddar sourdough loaf on wooden board

The eternal problem with sourdough bread is that your starter has to be fed and discarded all the time and you are forced to bake bread constantly. And sometimes…. your favorite recipes get a little… boring.

And the antidote to boring bread? Adding cheddar cheese and jalapenos!

The best part of this bread is that its just as easy as to make as regular artisan sourdough bread. The cheese and jalapenos don’t do anything to hurt the rise of the bread or anything like that. If you have a made successful loaf of sourdough bread, this recipe is going to turn out great.

Helpful tools and special ingredients

  • A kitchen scale. This is helpful any bread baking, but almost essential for sourdough. It is more accurate, less messy, and totally worth the cost.
  • Bread flour! Don’t be tempted to substitute all purpose flour. Bread flour will give a chewy, crusty loaf and the hydration of this recipe is calculated using bread flour. If you can’t find it at your grocery store, you can order it online.
  • A Dutch Oven with a tight fitting lid. This helps create a mini oven and lets the load bake in a steamy environment, which helps it rise. If you don’t have a Dutch Oven, you can simply preheat a rimming baking sheet on a lower rack and pour a cup of water on it to create steam.
  • A proofing basket with a cloth liner. This will help your loaf keep its shape as it proofs overnight in the fridge. If you have a bowl that’s the right shape, you can line it with a tea towel. But the proofing baskets are pretty!
  • Rice flour. This makes a HUGE difference if you are having trouble with your loaf sticking to the proofing basket.
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Step by step jalapeno cheddar sourdough

We being with an autolyse stage. Don’t be alarmed. It just means to stir the bread flour, water, starter, and sugar together and let them sit in a bowl. This is not a very high-hydration recipe, so it might look a little rough and somewhat dry. Just use your hands to combine everything into one mass. Cover it with a clean tea towel and let them rest at room temperature for thirty minutes.

Once the dough has rested, it’s time to add in the salt, cheddar, and jalapeno. Dump it right on top of the dough and knead it in. You’ll want to knead by hand for a few minutes to make sure that everything gets incorporated well.

Now that the mix ins are worked in well, it’s time to let the dough rise. Put it in a clean, lightly oiled bowl and cover it with greased plastic or a damp tea towel.

The first rise will take about three to four hours at room temperature. But every hour during this rise, you will need to reshape the dough back into a ball. When the next hour passes, the dough will have relaxed again into the shape of the bowl, like this:

You want to build up structure in the dough and fold it back up like this:

After three folds, you can move on the next stage. It’s time for the second proof, which is a cold proof in the fridge, overnight.

Place the ball of dough into a well-floured proofing basket and cover it with plastic wrap. Pop it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, it should look like this:

In the morning, take the dough out of the fridge and preheat your oven to 450 degrees with a rack in the middle.

Turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and slash with a lame. One slash down the middle is fine, or you can get fancy!

Place the paper and the dough into a Dutch Oven with a lid. Bake for 25 minutes with the lid on, 25 minutes with the lid off. Then (this is optional), remove the loaf from the Dutch Oven and the paper and bake directly on the oven rack for five more minutes. This helps to brown and crisp the crust all over.

Let cool for at least 3 hours, and slice and serve. Now since this is a jalapeño cheddar sourdough with tons of flavor, I like it best with something plain, like making a turkey sandwich or serving alongside a roast chicken. But of course, you can serve it however you like.

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Here’s the recipe!

sliced loaf of sourdough bread with cheese and hot peppers
4.90 from 37 votes

Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Bread

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Sharp cheddar, spicy jalapeños, and a great loaf of sourdough combine for a recipe you’ll make over and over.  Perfect to serve with chili or make into a sandwich.
Prep Time:1 hour
Cook Time:1 hour
rising time:20 hours
Total Time:22 hours
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  • 3 cups bread flour 450 grams/ 15.85 ounces
  • 1 1/3 cups lukewarm water 300 grams/ 10.6 ounces
  • 3/4 cup mature well fed sourdough starter (165 grams/ 5.85 ounces)
  • 3/4 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup diced jalapenos fresh or pickled (about 2 whole)
  • 1 cup diced sharp cheddar


  • Combine the flour, water, sugar, and starter in a large bowl and stir.  Use your hands to incorporate any dry bits.  Cover with a clean, damp tea towel and allow to rest at room temperature for 3o minutes.
  • After the rest period, add the salt, cheddar cheese, and jalapenos and knead for a minute or two until everything is thoroughly mixed in.  Cover with damp towel and allow to rise in a warm place for three hours, reshaping the dough into a ball once per hour.
  • Heavily dust a banneton with rice flour.  When it is time to shape the dough the third time, place the loaf into the banneton and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to proof overnight in the fridge.
  • In morning, preheat oven to 450 with rack in the center.  Remove dough from fridge and turn it out onto a sheet or parchment paper, trying to have it land in the center.  Slash the top with a lame or very sharp knife.  Place the parchment paper and dough into a lidded Dutch Oven and put the lid back on top.
  • Bake for a total of 55 minutes: 25 minutes covered, 25 minutes uncovered, and then remove from the Dutch Oven and bake directly on the rack for 5 minutes to brown the crust.  Bread should be 200-210 internally when it is done.
  • Remove from Dutch Oven and remove parchment paper.  Allow to cool on a wire rack 3 to 4 hours before slicing.  Will keep at room temperature, tightly wrapped, for a few days.  


Be sure to use a block of cheddar rather than shredded cheese.
You can use fresh or pickled jalapeños, just make sure the liquid from pickled jalapeños.  
To freeze, allow to cool completely, wrap well, and freeze up to 1 month.


Calories: 1852kcal | Carbohydrates: 285g | Protein: 73g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 3616mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1132IU | Calcium: 871mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: artisan bread with mix ins, cheddar cheese jalapeño sourdough bread, sourdough bread with cheese and peppers
Servings: 1 large loaf
Calories: 1852kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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Want more bread recipes?

  • Dutch ovens make the best, crusty round loaves. Check out my favorite Dutch Oven bread recipes here.
  • Jalapeno cheddar sourdough is not an everyday bread but these sourdough rolls are something you will always want on hand in your kitchen.
  • And if your sourdough starter is taking over your life, don’t forget you can use your sourdough discard for all kinds of things

And check out all my recipes here:

Happy baking!

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89 thoughts on “Jalapeno Cheddar Sourdough Bread”

  1. Well, here I am 18 months later. I have baked this recipe more times than I can count. My husband declared it the best of all the breads I make. I must say, now that I am WAY more experienced at sourdough bread, this one rises the best of all. I personally believe it is the cold pan start. The better than average overnight rise in the frig is the beginning, but then the oven spring is not thwarted by the too rapid sealing of the outer crust. I use a recipe that is 150% in size and bake it in my 7 quart Dutch Oven. This week, I am going to add chocolate chips are tart cherries instead of cheese and jalapeños. I will keep you posted.

    • patricia love this update so much. i’ve actually tried chocolate and cherries and it’s great.. look for the CHUNKS if you can find them instead of chips. i have a lot of theories on why my recipes rise better than others and i think it might be a higher amount of starter and the sugar. but i don’t know. thank you so much for the comment! 💕

  2. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe and bread turned out beautifully! I used honey instead of sugar and used SD discard I revitalized with a tsp of rye flour and a couple of hours on the cupboard until bubbling. And ended up proofing in the fridge for 12 hours. It was amazing! Thank you so much as my family agrees I will be making it often!! Wish I could share the pics in this post.

  3. 5 stars
    I love this bread. It is easy, the dough is nice to work with, and the cheese/jalapenos make sourdough “special” (like sourdough isn’t already special on it’s own 🙂 ). It has become my go-to breakfast, a toasted slice topped with fresh avocado. I’m curious, because it lasts only a day or two at my house, would you recommend doubling the recipe? I can’t imagine it wouldn’t scale up, just looking to tap into your wisdom.

  4. 5 stars
    I have been making this for about two years now and it is my family’s favorite sourdough recipe. It always turns out great! Thanks for a delicious but easy recipe! I like the overnight rise in the fridge as it gives more control over the temp rather than having it overnight on the counter like some recipes.

  5. 5 stars
    This is definitely the most popular bread that I make for my family. Of all the bread recipes that I’ve tried, this one yields the best results. I think the key is the addition of sugar. Tonight I’m working on a batch of you cranberry orange sourdough.

    I’m curious if you’ve ever tried to make a pizza bread version using sourdough, pepperoni and cheese? I would love to hear your thoughts.

  6. 5 stars
    The heart of summer there are fresh blueberries. I knew I needed to bake your recipe and include lemon zest and blueberries. What a taste thrill. My starter was pretty active, but got the dough into the frig right after the rest/folds,the mixing. I was in shock when I got up in the morning. It was overflowing my benneton basket. Good thing I had the shower cap on tightly. I gently coaxed it back into the basket. I got the Dutch oven heated, thenwith the help of parchment paper, got it into the oven. Right on schedule per the recipe, it was finished. I let it rest for an entire 24 hours. Then, I mixed up a batch of marscapone cheese with lemon curd. A half minute in the toaster to warm the bread, schemer with the cheese/curd mixture, and voila-a wonderful dessert! I will sure do this one again.


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