Cheesy Jalapeño Garlic Bread

This cheesy jalapeño garlic bread adds a spicy kick to the classic garlic bread, and is a moreish and flavoursome side dish!

two slices of garlic bread topped with cheese and sliced jalapenos

If you’re a fan of all things garlic, cheese and jalapeño, then this cheesy jalapeño garlic bread is right up your street!

This flavoursome twist on the classic side dish features roasted garlic, spicy jalapeños and not one, but TWO varieties of cheese. The combination of gooey cheese, spicy jalapeños, and aromatic garlic results in an addictive side dish that is guaranteed to be devoured in minutes!

Whether you’re hosting a party or looking for a tasty snack, this recipe is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

And if you’re a jalapeño lover, you must try my jalapeño hummus and cheese, chive and jalapeño scones too!

slices of bread topped with cheese and jalapenos

What ingredients will I need?

This simple recipe requires just 9 ingredients:

  1. Bread. I like to use a baguette or ciabatta to make garlic bread. You can also use sourdough slices to make individual garlic bread ‘toasts’.
  2. Garlic. No garlic bread would be complete without garlic! In this recipe we are roasting a whole bulb of garlic until it is sweet, nutty and rich. The flavour of roasted garlic is much more subtle than fresh garlic, and it compliments the cheese and jalapeños delightfully!
  3. Olive oil. For roasting the garlic.
  4. Butter. Make sure you use softened room temperature butter so that you can easily spread it on the bread. You can also substitute vegan butter for a dairy-free option.
  5. Jalapeños. You can use fresh or jarred jalapeños in this recipe – whatever you have on hand. Make sure to chop them finely so you get some heat in every bite.
  6. Spring onions. With their subtle garlicky flavour, spring onions make an excellent addition to this recipe.
  7. Mayonnaise. This is optional but adds a little extra richness to the garlic bread and is highly recommended. You can also substitute vegan mayo if desired.
  8. Cheddar cheese. I recommend a sharp/mature cheddar but feel free to use your favourite variety.
  9. Mozzarella. Always buy fresh mozzarella balls and not the pre-grated stuff! The flavour is extremely different.

How to make cheesy jalapeño garlic bread step-by-step:

As always, you can find the full recipe and instructions at the bottom of this blog post.

First prepare the roasted garlic by slicing the top off the head of garlic, drizzling with olive oil and sprinkling salt and pepper (photo 1).

Roast the garlic for 25-30 minutes until the garlic cloves are soft (photo 2).

Squeeze out the roasted garlic cloves into a medium bowl along with the jalapenos, spring onions, butter and mayonnaise (photo 3).

Photo 4 shows the prepared garlic butter. Generously spread this over each slice of your baguette or ciabatta (photo 5) and top with the grated cheeses and more jalapeños (photo 6). Then bake the garlic bread for 10-12 minutes until golden and bubbly on top! 

How to make this recipe perfectly:

To make sure your cheesy jalapeño garlic bread turns out perfect every time, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Use fresh ingredients. Fresh bread, garlic, and high-quality cheese will make a world of difference in the flavor of your final dish.
  2. Adjust the spice level to your preference. For a milder taste, remove the seeds from the jalapeños. For extra heat, add more jalapeños as well as some finely chopped green chillies!
  3. Don’t Skimp on the Cheese. Use a generous amount of cheese to ensure every bite is gooey and delicious!
  4. Bake to Perfection. Keep an eye on your garlic bread while it bakes – you’re aiming for it to be golden brown and crispy on the edges, with melted bubbly cheese on top.
two slices of cheesy garlic bread topped with jalapenos

Variations on this recipe:

  • If you like things extra spicy, add some finely chopped green chillies to the garlic butter along with some chilli powder.
  • Experiment with using your favourite cheeses!
  • Add a layer of tomato sauce for a pizza-inspired spicy garlic bread

What to serve with garlic bread:

Garlic bread is a staple in many households and makes a delicious accompaniment to many dishes:


Can I make this recipe vegan?

Yes! This recipe is easily made vegan by swapping the butter, mayo and cheese for your favourite vegan counterparts.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the garlic bread ahead of time and refrigerate for up to 1 day until you’re ready to bake. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container to keep it fresh.

How can I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. To reheat, place it in the oven at 180°C/350°F until fully heated through.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

This garlic bread is easily made gluten-free by swapping the bread for your favourite gluten-free bread. The toppings will taste just as delicious on a gluten-free base!

This garlic bread is a delicious flavoursome variation on the classic garlic bread, and will soon enter your regular recipe rotation.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please leave a rating + review below and share your photos on Instagram tagging #shivanilovesfood!

two slices of garlic bread topped with cheese and sliced jalapenos

Cheesy Jalapeño Garlic Bread

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Prep15 minutes
Cook35 minutes
Total50 minutes
This cheesy jalapeño garlic bread adds a spicy kick to the classic garlic bread, and is a moreish and flavoursome side dish!
Author: Shivani Raja


  • 1 Baguette or Ciabatta Loaf fresh is best
  • 1 bulb Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 55g/ 1/2 stick Butter softened, can sub vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup Jarred Jalapeños finely diced
  • 2 Spring Onions finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Mayonnaise optional, can sub vegan mayo
  • 40g/ 1.5 oz Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 125g/ 1 ball Fresh Mozzarella grated
  • Salt + Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 210°C/410°F.
  • First prepare the roasted garlic: slice the top off the whole bulb of garlic to expose the cloves inside (see photos in the blog post above). Place the garlic bulb on a square of baking paper or foil.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cover the bulb with the paper or foil and bake for 25-30 minutes until the garlic is soft.
  • Slice the baguette or ciabatta in half lengthwise and place on a baking tray.
  • Prepare the garlic butter: add the softened butter, diced jalapeños, chopped spring onions and mayonnaise to a medium bowl. Remove the garlic from the oven and squeeze out the garlic cloves into the bowl.
  • Mix the garlic butter together, ensuring the garlic cloves are well mashed up.
  • Grate the mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and transfer to a medium bowl. Mix them together to combine.
  • Generously spread the garlic butter mix over each slice of the baguette, ensuring that the butter is spread up to the edges.
  • Top each slice of baguette with the cheese mixture and some extra jarred jalapeños (optional).
  • Bake the cheesy jalapeño garlic bread for 10-12 minutes until golden and bubbling. Enjoy!


  • The jalapeño garlic bread tastes best fresh but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day. To reheat, place in the oven at 180°C/350°F until fully heated through. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 448kcalCarbohydrates: 24.6gProtein: 20.7gFat: 30.2gSaturated Fat: 18.4gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 740mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 4.8g
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