Cheesy Jalapeño Beer Bread Recipe

This quick (no yeast required) Cheesy Jalapeño Beer Bread Recipe is soft and tender with the perfect blend of cheddar cheese throughout!

This quick (no yeast required) Cheesy Jalapeño Beer Bread Recipe is soft and tender with the perfect blend of cheddar throughout!pinterestAre you obsessed with warm, fresh bread as much as I am? Toss in some cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeño and I’ll over it.

What’s even better, is that this super easy beer bread recipe only requires a few basic ingredients, no rise time, and is ready in about 1 hour! The smell of cheese bread baking in your oven is going to make you so so happy!

Ingredients Needed For Basic Beer Bread Recipe:

  • Self Rising Flour – or a simple homemade blend (see notes below)
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Beer – use your favorite flavor! Different beers will change the flavor of the bread. I prefer a dark amber beer.
  • Butter

The above ingredients will make your basic beer bread. What’s awesome about this bread recipe is that it’s easily customizable. With just a few more seasonings, some cheese and jalapeños, we can transform it into a savory, delicious loaf!

  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Pickled Jalapeños

Basic ingredients needed to make Beer Bread

Substitutions For Beer in Beer Bread?

Unfortunately, without the beer, this recipe will not work, and here’s why…

The yeast that is in beer is needed to react with the sugar in the bread. This reaction, in addition to the baking powder in the self rising flour, helps give the bread that nice rise and soft, bread-like texture.

Beer bread is a great recipe to make when you don’t have any yeast on hand, but still want to enjoy some nice homemade bread. There is no kneading of dough involved, no rise time and it’s customizable flavor make it an easy quick bread to make.

Pour beer into the flour mixture and stir until combined.

How To Make Self Rising Flour

If you don’t already have self rising flour in your pantry, have no fear! It’s actually super simple to make! Here’s what you’ll need…

  • All purpose flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

For each cup of flour, whisk together with 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Make sure to whisk all of these ingredients together well so that the baking powder and salt are both evenly distributed within the flour. I have plenty of recipes that use self-rising flour, so it’s something I keep on hand, but it’s quick enough to make if I run out.

How To Make Cheesy Beer Bread

  • Combine the self rising flour, sugar, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasonings in a bowl and whisk together.
  • Pour in a full bottle (12oz.) of beer and use a sturdy wooden spoon to mix, until a soft, semi-sticky dough forms.
  • Fold in the cheddar cheese and place in a greased loaf pan.
  • Top the bread with pickled jalapeños and bake!

What beer bread dough looks like - soft and semi-sticky dough with a nice yeasty smell.

No Yeast, No Knead, No Rise = Delicious Bread!

Beer bread really is fantastic because there is no yeast required, which means you don’t have to knead any dough and you also do not have to wait for a rise of the dough (like you do in traditional homemade bread).

This does not mean that the bread will be tough by any means. The reaction between the yeast in the beer and the sugar in the recipe will create just enough oomph for the bread to rise beautifully in the oven. It’s definitely not as bouncy of a loaf, but it’s still plenty soft and tender.

Layer pickled jalapeños all over the top of the bread before baking.

Beer Bread Flavor Variations

Like I said above, this recipe is great because it starts with a basic plan, giving you ample room to go in any direction you want. Sweet, Savory, Plain… it’s up to you! Here are some great flavor ideas to try –

  • Bacon Bread – add crumbled cooked bacon and cheese to the dough
  • Cinnamon Raisin – add in a cup of raisins and a tbsp of cinnamon to the dough
  • Herb Bread – mix in fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage

Pour melted butter all over the beer bread right after it's taken out of the oven while it's still nice and hot.

You can really see how much the bread rises when it bakes!

Let the bread cool in the pan for about 5 to 10 minutes before you place in on a wire rack and pour/brush melted butter all over. This helps to soften the outside of the bread and make it extra yummy!

All that’s left now is to slice, add extra butter (cause why not?!), and enjoy!

Cheesy Jalapeño Beer Bread sliced and stacked high! Super tender and flavorful bread that's super quick and easy to make!

How Long Does Beer Bread Last?

Beer bread can last up to 5 days when kept in an air tight container in the fridge. Or a few days when kept on the counter at room temperature. The flavor of the beer will lessen the longer it is kept, so it’s best enjoyed within a few days.  You can even freeze the bread for up to 3 months for later use!

We love to reheat slices of bread in the toaster and slather more butter over the top! YUM!

This quick (no yeast required) Cheesy Jalapeño Beer Bread Recipe is soft and tender with the perfect blend of cheddar throughout!
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Cheesy Jalapeño Beer Bread

This Cheesy Jalapeño Beer Bread is a quick and easy bread that's soft and tender with a nice savory and spicy kick to it.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 317 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 12 oz beer, any flavor
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup pickled jalapeño peppers, drained
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x4" (or similar size) loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • Combine the self rising flour, sugar, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Pour in the beer and use a sturdy spoon to mix, until a soft and semi-stick dough forms. Add in the cheese and fold into the dough.
  • Pour the dough into the prepared loaf pan and place the pickled jalapeños on top in an even layer.
  • Bake the bread for 50 to 60 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove bread from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  • Brush or pour the melted butter all over the top and sides of the bread and let soak in. Let cool slightly before slicing into 8 slices. Enjoy!
Bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the fridge for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: Beer, Beer Bread, cheddar cheese, jalapeno, quick bread
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
9 Responses
  1. Kerissa Wenger

    5 stars
    OMG! The best thing I have made lately! So easy to follow the recipe and, turned out just like the picture! Can’t wait to try the variations!

    1. Shawn

      Hey Tamara, unfortunately I think beer is required to get the nice rise on this recipe. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have heard some people try club soda in place of beer. Can’t promise any results, but if you do try it, let us know!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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