Home on the range, where piping hot chili cheese muffins come straight from the oven. These easy and scrumptious muffins are the perfect addition to almost any meal. Whether it’s with a salad or bowl of soup this simple recipe allows for versatility. Adding chili to your recipe’s not only gives a zesty kick it also pack a nutritious punch. Capsicum, the active ingredient in chili is known to boost the metabolism by over 20%. It boosts circulation aiding in heart health and the prevention of strokes. If you have ever enjoyed a spicy meal you most likely noticed that it clears congestion. Capsicum has also been shown to help as a therapeutic relaxant. The benefits can go on, so go ahead spice up your life.
- 1½ cups flour
- 2 Tbls honey
- 1 Tbls baking powder
- 1 tsp chili powder to start (chili lovers, go wild)
- Salt as desired, start around ½ tsp
- 2-3 cups shredded cheese, 1 part monetary jack 1 part sharp cheddar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup melted butter
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, preheating the oven ensures your muffins cook just right.
- In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, chili, and salt. Then mix in the shredded cheese just until it is evenly incorporated.
- In a separate bowl add the eggs and milk, then lightly whisk while you slowly add the melted butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined.
- Evenly pour batter into 12 lightly greased muffin tins. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Nothing is as much like icing on the cake as the addition of pine/pinon nuts. For that superb southwest flare add a handful of pine nuts to the batter. Or top the muffins with some so they roast to a golden perfection.
Trying to avoid flour or prefer something a bit higher on protein? Not a problem. Below are 2 alternative ideas to get you those delicious muffins the way you want.
Corn Bread Muffins
Using corn will make these muffins gluten free. Find your favorite cornbread recipe and add 2 cans or fresh chopped green chili and your choice of cheese. Did you know that green chili has more vitamin C than oranges do? Next time you feel a cold coming on make a pot of green chili stew, along with corn bread muffins of course.
The Omelet Muffin
If you’re looking for more protein or a quick grab and go breakfast the omelet muffin can be your best bet. Instead of frying in a pan, pour omelet’s batter into muffin tins along with some cheese and green or red chili. Bake until done. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so instead of missing it grab a cheesy and spicy omelet to go. When you skip breakfast your body goes into storing mode and stores fat instead of burning it. So even if cheesy makes you uneasy you will be better off having a bite to eat before starting your day.
If you want to include chili in your diet but can’t quite get past the heat, start small. Just like you build a tolerance to climate heat you can build a tolerance to chili’s heat. Bit by bit you will acquire a taste, tolerance, and reap the many benefits of eating chili.