No Knead Jalapeño Cheddar Bread

Homemade bakery-style bread has never been easier. This super crusty no knead jalapeño cheddar bread is baked in a dutch oven and requires practically zero hands-on work from you! 
loaf of jalapeño cheddar bread

You’ve been asking for another no knead bread recipe and I’m so excited to share my latest creation with you. This time we’re making a savory bread filled with spicy jalapeño and plenty of sharp cheddar cheese. It’s incredible. And I’m definitely embarrassed to admit how many loaves of this jalapeño cheddar bread I’ve baked recently!!

Remember when I said I wasn’t a bread person? Lololol.

sliced loaf of jalapeño cheddar bread

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jalapeño cheddar bread

What comes to mind when you think of homemade bread? Unless you’re a seasoned baker, it sounds a little scary, right? This recipe will completely change that thought. You can make homemade bakery style bread at home and besides stirring the ingredients together, it requires zero work from you.

How to Make No Knead Bread

  1. Stir 6 ingredients together including flour, yeast, salt, cheddar cheese, jalapeño, and water. Don’t even break out your mixer.
  2. Shape into a ball and leave it alone for a day.
  3. Score an X on top of the dough and bake it in a dutch oven to obtain a super crisp crust.
  4. Eat it.

That’s all. This no knead, professional-bread-at-home method has swarmed the internet and after some research last year, I found it originally came from Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery in NYC. It’s all very basic ingredients, but the method was groundbreaking and includes an 18 hour rise time. This overnight rest gives the dough a chance to ferment. Just set the dough on your counter and forget about it. The magic happens when you’re not looking!

2 images of jalapeño cheddar bread ingredients in a glass bowl and the ingredients mixed together

Let’s Talk Jalapeño & Cheddar

The bread’s base flavor comes from the fermentation over the 18 hour period. But to shake things up and make this a fancy tasting specialty bread, you’ll add 1 diced jalapeño and cheddar cheese.

  • Is this jalapeño cheddar bread spicy? Sort of. I can tolerate a little spice and I LOVE this bread. The pieces of dough without jalapeño helps to cool off your mouth. Feel free to adjust the amount of jalapeño based on your heat tolerance.

For the best flavor and texture, I recommend using a block of cheddar cheese and grating it at home, instead of purchasing a bag of the pre-shredded stuff. I recommend this if you’re making my homemade cheese bread, too.

2 images of rising dough

What to Expect with This No Knead Dough

  1. Bubbles: The dough will rise for 12-18 hours and be very bubbly when it’s done.
  2. Strands: As you pull the risen dough off the sides of the bowl, you’ll notice a network of strands forming. See photo above. These strands are a good thing and will produce the chewiest bread ever.
  3. Stickiness: This will be a super sticky dough. Do NOT be tempted to add more flour at any point. It will stick to your hands, but that’s nothing a quick wash can’t fix!

You can expect the same in my artisan bread dough, too.

jalapeno cheddar bread dough in a glass bowl

I took a few slices of an additional jalapeño and placed them on top of the dough right before baking. See below. This was just for looks!

Bake the no knead bread at a very high oven temperature, which will produce a golden brown and crisp crust. The crisp on this crust is unparalleled to any bread I’ve ever baked.



jalapeño cheddar bread after baking in a dutch oven

No Dutch Oven? No Problem.

While baking the bread in a dutch oven is key to this bread’s texture, you can get around it. Instead, place the rounded dough on a parchment paper lined or generously floured baking pan. (No need to pre-heat the pan in the oven like you do the dutch oven.) Score the bread as noted in step 3 below. Preheat the oven. After the oven is preheated, place a shallow metal or cast iron baking pan or skillet (I usually use a metal 9×13 inch baking pan, do not use glass) on the bottom oven rack. Carefully and quickly pour 3-4 cups of boiling water into it. Place the scored dough/baking pan on a higher rack and quickly shut the oven, trapping the steam inside. The steam helps create a crispier crust. Bake for about 30 minutes, but begin checking at 25 minutes. Gently tap the loaf– if it sounds hollow, the bread is done.

hands holding jalapeño cheddar bread

What to Serve with Jalapeño Cheddar Bread

Between dips, spreads, and main dishes, here are some deeee-lish serving suggestions for spicy jalapeño cheese bread.

  1. Slather them with homemade honey butter
  2. Tear apart pieces and dip in roasted garlic bacon spinach dip
  3. Serve alongside slow cooker chicken chili or creamy chicken noodle soup
  4. I believe parmesan garlic hummus exists for this very bread
  5. Alongside super saucy slow cooker BBQ meatballs
  6. With a big bowl of mac & cheese
  7. Dunk those slices in spicy nacho cheese sauce! This is what I usually use for soft pretzel bites. 🙂

Crusty jalapeño cheddar bread with homemade spicy nacho cheese sauce

jalapeño cheddar bread slices with butter
Honestly, just break out the warm loaf, a good hunk of cheese, and a bottle of wine. You’re all set for a satisfying snack!

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jalapeño cheddar bread

No Knead Jalapeño Cheddar Bread

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf; 8-10 servings
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Homemade bakery-style bread has never been easier. This super crusty no knead jalapeño cheddar bread is baked in a dutch oven and requires practically zero hands-on work from you!


  • 3 cups + 2 Tablespoons (390g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for hands
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt (I find the flavor lacking using regular table salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant or active-dry yeast
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 cup (125g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) warm water (about 95°F (35°C))


  1. *No need to grease the bowl.* Stir the first 5 ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in the warm water. The dough will be pretty sticky– don’t be tempted to add more flour– you want a sticky dough. Gently shape into a ball as best you can. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Set on the counter at room temperature (honestly any normal room temperature is fine!) and allow to rise for 12-18 hours. The dough will double in size, stick to the sides of the bowl, and have a lot of air bubbles.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and, using lightly floured hands, shape into a ball as best you can. Doesn’t have to be perfect. Transfer dough to a large piece of parchment paper, a piece large enough to fit inside your dutch oven and one that is safe under high oven heat. (I use this parchment and it’s never been an issue.) Place the ball of dough + parchment inside a bowl so the dough doesn’t spread out as it rests. See photo above.
  3. Using a very sharp knife, gently score an X into the top. Cover dough lightly with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  4. During this 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 475°F (246°C). (Yes, very hot!) Place your dutch oven with the lid OR heavy duty pot inside for 30 minutes so that it’s extremely hot before the dough is placed inside. After 30 minutes, remove the dutch oven from the oven and carefully place the dough inside by lifting it up with the parchment paper and sticking it all– parchment paper included– inside the pot. Cover with the lid.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes with the lid on. Carefully remove the lid and continue baking for 8-10 more minutes until the bread is golden brown. Remove pot from the oven, carefully remove the bread from the pot, and allow to cool on the counter for 30 minutes before breaking/slicing/serving.
  6. Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Recipe adapted from Red Star Yeast, method originally from Jim Lahey

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: The dough takes up to 18 hours to rise, so this is a wonderful recipe to begin 1 day ahead of time. You can also bake the bread, allow it to cool, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. You can also freeze the dough. Complete the recipe through step 2. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-friendly container. To bake, allow dough to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or for 2-3 hours at room temperature. Continue with step 3 and the rest of the recipe instructions.
  2. Dutch Oven: 6 quart or higher dutch oven or any large oven-safe pot with a lid (lid is crucial– see post!). If your dutch oven is smaller than 6 quarts, you can halve the recipe (instructions remain the same, just halve each ingredient) or make the recipe as directed in step 1. Shape the dough into 2 balls in step 2. Bake them one at a time in your smaller dutch oven. While the 2nd dough waits, lightly cover and keep at room temperature. The bake times (25 mins and 8-10 mins) are both a little shorter for smaller loaves.
  3. No dutch oven? See post above for alternative.
  4. Special Tools: Glass Mixing Bowls | Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven | Le Creuset Dutch Oven
  5. Spice: Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of diced jalapeño based on your spice tolerance. I like mildly spicy and think the heat with 1 jalapeño is perfect.
  6. Whole Wheat Flour: You can swap all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour. The bread will have a tougher and heartier texture, as expected. To maintain a chewy and softer texture, use half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour.
  7. Parchment Paper: If your parchment paper can only be heated to a certain temperature, bake the bread at that temperature. Bake the bread a little longer to compensate for the lower temperature.
  8. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.


  1. These look delish!
    Made your cranberry nut bread and it was divine. Thanks

    1. I think you’ll love this one, too!

  2. Hey Sally….would love to try this but I don’t have a dutch oven….any adjustments to the regular electric/convection oven settings or ingredients if it is baked in a regular oven proof glass dish? Or would a cake square pan or loaf pan be better? Should it be similarly baked with a cover initially? Thanks a ton!


    1. Hi Nona! A dutch oven is KEY to the recipe, but any large oven-safe pot with a lid works.

      1. a baking stone with a large metal bowl on top as a lid is one I’ve heard of before

      2. Sally, I have a different variation of the same question. Would a heated ceramic Dutch oven work or does it need to be cast iron?

      3. Ceramic is what I use. 🙂 So yes!

  3. Patricia @Sweet and Strong says:

    Oh this sounds so delicious! I am a HUGE fan of fresh homemade bread.

    1. Thanks Patricia!

  4. Hi Sally…love love love your blog!! My boys love many recipes from here.

    Is a Dutch oven mandatory hete? How can you bake without it? Thanks.

    1. Thank you! A dutch oven is KEY to the recipe, but any large oven-safe pot with a lid works.

  5. You can also put the dough in a cake tin and put a second cake tin on it as a lid.

  6. OMGEE!!! Hurry up Fall!!

  7. I can’t wait to try this. There is a place by us that makes a turkey sandwich on bread like this that is sooo good! I like Trappey(?) sweet and hot jalapeños. Would they work in place of fresh jalapeños? They are like a pickled jalapeño that has a sweet flavor then hits with heat. I think it is worth the try, I’ll let you know.

    1. They’d definitely work in this no knead bread!

  8. Hi, Sally! Is it really important to use a dutch oven? Can I use a regular baking pan instead? And can’t it be baked uncovered? Thanks!

    1. Hi Monique! Yes, it is. A dutch oven is KEY to the recipe, but any large oven-safe pot with a lid works.

  9. Would Kosher salt be a good substitute for the coarse sea salt?

    1. Yep, that should be just fine. Let me know how you like it!

  10. Looks amazing! My dutch oven is 5 qts. Will the dough fit?

    1. Hey Dana! Yes, the dough can fit in your 5 quart dutch oven.

    2. I regularly bake loaves this size in my 3 qt Lodge dutch oven so the 5qt works without a problem. I flip the dough onto a cut circle of parchment on my pizza peel and then slide it into the preheated dutch oven. It saves any concern about touching the hot sides since it is a smaller pot. I have no proof, but I think I get better oven spring in the smaller dutch oven.

  11. Sally, are you again using that Platinum yeast or their regular rapid rise? Also, we can’t have jalapenos, so can we use whole or halved garlic cloves instead do you think or would they pose a problem during the long rise time? Thank you very much for your time!

    1. Hi Rose! Halved garlic can definitely be substituted for the jalapeno. I usually use Platinum yeast from Red Star Yeast, but any instant or active dry yeast works wonderfully.

      1. Hi! I have a packet of ActiveDry Yeast and it says to dissolve in water/sugar then proceed to recipe. Am I measuring a 1/2 teaspoon straight from the packet in powder form or after its prepared? I looked all over for some insight on this to no avail. ( next time, instant yeast) thank you!

  12. Laura | Tutti Dolci says:

    There’s nothing better than homemade bread, this looks incredible!

  13. Blogtastic Food says:

    Wow that bread looks absolutely fantastic!! Love how you added the cheese. And so cool how you don’t have to knead it (:

  14. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love anything jalapeno! I totally need to try this!


  15. The bread sounds wonderful. Do you know how much salt you used? I’m guessing about 7 grams as 2% is typical for no knead and sourdough breads. Or, did you reduce it due to the salt in the cheddar cheese? I use Diamond kosher which doesn’t equal the same in volume as many sea salts.

    1. I recommend 2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt.

      1. Thanks. The 2 teaspoons came out to 8 gram (2%) which is consistent with how I bake my high hydration loaves. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  16. I am really surprised at the crust and texture this gets. Looks really incredible. I will have to try it someday when I procure a Dutch oven AND am not working with a trainer. lol Or give him half so he understands what I am struggling with …ha ha!

  17. sheenam | says:

    Looks so so good!!! I am trying this on the weekend for sure!!

  18. Trying to figure out the timing to have this ready for supper around 6 pm tomorrow. Start at 10 pm tonight before bed?

    1. Hi Brenda, You will probably want to start step 2 around 4:30 so you have time to rest, bake, and cool before dinner at 6. So just start your dough 12-18 hours before that! Enjoy!

      1. Excellent results! I made your honey butter to serve with it and seriously could have eaten the whole loaf. Thanks for another delicious recipe!

  19. Linda Johnson says:

    Do you know how this would work with a Namaste Gluten Free flour blend? Thank you in advance 🙂

    1. I have not tried that particular flour but let me know if it works for you!

  20. Kristin Inagaki says:

    Dough made! Can’t wait to bake tomorrow!
    Great recipe Sally!

  21. Made this last night…BEST and EASIEST bread EVER!!!!!!

    1. YAY!!! So happy you think so, Terri!

  22. Sally
    I am going to try Maldon smoked salt flakes with ripe jalapeno and green jalapeno
    Report back later

    1. Sounds delish!!! Let me know how it turns out!

  23. Oh Sally this was so good and easy. My brother in law makes candied jalapenos, so that is what I used. I also did not have cheddar cheese on hand, so I used some Italian blend,. It was still incredibly delish, we had it with fresh Roma tomatoes from our local farmers market and a bit of olive oil. Thanks for this wonderful recipe, Loving your blog and videos.

    1. Oh Mary, I bet your loaf was SO GOOD with those additions. Thank you so much for reporting back, I love hearing from readers who try the recipes!

  24. Hi! TX for the recipe! Can I make this in a 4 qt Dutch oven? Will it just be a bit higher load? Ty

    1. 4 quart may be a little too small, but it’s worth a shot. I *think* it would be ok.

  25. Hi, did you sprinkle coarse salt on top of the loaf before baking? It looks that way in the picture. Ty!

    1. I did not. That’s just some flour. 🙂

  26. So easy and delicious! I substituted kalamata olives for the jalapeños. No question the easiest bread I’ve ever made! Thanks for the great recipes!

  27. Looks so good! Do you recommend mild or sharp cheddar?

    1. Whichever you like best! I use sharp.

  28. Nikki Chirico says:

    I currently have this loaf in the oven right now with a pot of chili on the stove. My house smells wonderful and we are so looking forward to gobbling this up! Thanks for another amazing recipe

  29. What would the changes be if I omit the cheese?

    1. No changes necessary, simply leave it out.

  30. How would same weight of bread flour work? As compared to the original recipe’s all-purpose?

    In either case, I’ll be using King Arthur Flour.

    Also Sally, if I used no jalapeño peppers, what’s your take on asiago cheese instead of cheddar?

    1. Hi David! You can use bread flour instead; the bread will be quite chewy. Asiago would be delicious in this bread, with or without the jalapeño.

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