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Scones aren’t just for a sweet treat – these Chipotle Cheddar Scones are cheesy and slightly spicy and make a perfect side for dinner.

Chipotle Cheddar Scones

Post Updated September 2014

Originally posted January 15, 2008 – This is another recipe that got lost in the the depths of the archives that needed to shine again. These savory scones are the perfect side for a big bowl of soup or chili and are warm and comforting – perfect as we go into colder weather! These Chipotle Cheddar Scones are will the star of your meal!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you will know that I have a hard time with side dishes. I have been trying to be better lately, mostly so that I can get some extra vegetables into our meals, but the hardest thing for me is pairing sides with the main dish. I’m fine with coming up with a main dish to serve, and I’m fine with coming up with a side dish, but whether or not these always go together is a whole new question!! I actually received an email the other day with a question regarding sides. She said – “your bell peppers look delicious. I have been wanting to make stuffed bell peppers for a guy I have been recently dating. He is a great cook and loves to cook, but it is my turn and I want it to be great. Do you have any suggestions for side dishes for these peppers….and maybe dessert?”

Recipe for Chipotle Cheddar Scones

So I need your help!! She was referring to the Stuffed Bell Peppers I made a few months ago. I’m counting on you all to come up with a great meal plan including these peppers!!

I realized last night that I hadn’t posted about these chipotle cheddar scones yet, which is a shame, because they really were very delicious!! I made them awhile back with the Cornflake Crusted Halibut. Once again, I don’t really know if these “went” together, but I sure did enjoy both of them!! One thing I know these cheddar scones would go well with is a nice, hot bowl of chicken tortilla soup. I have really been wanting to whip up another batch of these scones, so maybe I will be making some soup soon!! I was afraid the chipotle would be quite hot, but I was actually surprised at how you just tasted a little bit of heat. I might even add a little extra next time I make these!

Chipotle and Cheddar Scone Recipe

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Chipotle Cheddar Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 scones

Chipotle Cheddar Scones

Scones aren't just for a sweet treat - these Chipotle Cheddar Scones are cheesy and spicy and make a perfect side for dinner.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or a fork until it resembles coarse meal. Add in the sour cream, cheese, water, chipotle in adobo adn egg. Stir just until moistened.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add sour cream, cheddar cheese, 1 tablespoon water, chipotle chile, and egg; stir just until moist. Knead in bowl with lightly floured hands just until dough forms.
  4. Lightly flour a work surface and dump out the dough. Lightly knead just until it comes together. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a 6-inch circle. Cut each circle into 6 wedges. Arrange the wedges on the baking sheet 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until browned. Serve warm.


slightly adapted from: Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2008


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29 Responses to Chipotle Cheddar Scones

  1. Katie B. says:

    Those scones look amazing!!

    As for a side for your peppers, maybe a cucumber salad of some kind? Something light and fresh to serve as a foil to the meaty/ricey peppers?

  2. eatme_delicious says:

    Oo I was just thinking this morning that I want to make a bread thing like this to go with my sweet potato black bean chili! The other day I was scrolling through your blog and my boyfriend was sitting back behind me but he kept asking “ooo what’s that” “what’s that?”. Your food & photos definitely enticed him!

  3. Shayne says:

    I used to have a hard time coming up with veggie sides until I started picking a side and coming up with a main to go with it. I did that for a few months a few years ago until I had a sides base.

    I always make a garlicy cucumber yogurt salad with stuffed peppers and some toasted crusty bread. I feel that stuffed peppers need little with them because there is so much in them.

  4. Mary says:

    I eat soup all the time for lunch and these scones would go GREAT with the cooking light black bean soup that’s made with bacon (that I had today!)
    Thanks for posting on these!

  5. Kevin says:

    Great use of chipotles! They look really good. You can see the yummy cheese in them!

  6. glamah16 says:

    I have to try these scones. I would serve them alongside the stuff peppers which are a meal in one!And perhaps the cucumber salad you showed or a nice leafy one. Followed by a light fruity sorbet. Easy and sastifying.

  7. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I was thinking something “bread” too… Those stuffed peppers are good on their own, I think. Some crusty, delicious bread (Italian?) would go well, or spread some pesto on thick slices and toast briefly… I’m just guessing here. ;)

    The scones look delicious, so delicious!

  8. Bellini Valli says:

    The scones look amazing. I love the addition of the chipotles. For the peppers I always serve them in the Greek way…even if I am not Greek) with lemon roasted potatoes and a cucumber/feta salad.

  9. Suzana says:

    yum! Sounds delicious! I could eat scones everyday – those sound great.

  10. Cheryl says:

    I have never tried a savory scone. This looks like the one to start with. Yum.

  11. Katerina says:

    This is interesting! I totally have this problem too. in fact usually if I focus on a side dish I turn it into a main – like risotto. I have no gift at timing things together.

  12. Ellie says:

    The scones are absolutely gorgeous, lovely photos!

    And my sister is totally hanging out for the lemon cheesecake recipe :)

  13. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    Not sure I can offer advice on what goes with what as I sometimes serve some bizarre combinations but those savoury scones sure look great!

    You can’t get hold of chipotle anything very much in the UK but I recently got some chipotle paste and have fallen in love with it.

  14. Megan says:

    I made these scones and they were wonderful! But your picture is much better then mine.
    As a side, you cant go wrong with salad. I like the cucuber idea or maybe spinich and strawberry.

  15. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    These scones look fabulous! Yummy!

  16. Miss Scarlett says:

    Wow – now that I’ve got “cornflake coating” down (after last night’s “fried” chicken) I am definitely game for your halibut! And these scones look amazing. I’m struggling with side dishes lately as well. That spinach salad I made last night from Epicurious was YUCK! Oh and if you DO try the chicken – change the seasoning. Poultry seasoning has NO place in fried chicken and it was not good. Next time just salt, pepper and paprika for me.

    Oh – and re: Vanilla Ice – yes, we have an old bicep track that the members hate – “Ice Ice Baby.” You can just HEAR the groans and see the eyes roll. Happy steppin’!

  17. Sylvia says:

    I love savory scones, normally I use like bread for breackfast

  18. Emiline says:

    I’ll have to think about a side for you.

    I’ve made scones, but I’ve never made them savory. These look so good! I like the looks of them.
    They look trendy. Do you know what I mean? Like cover of a magazine.

  19. Laura says:

    I love savoury scones Deborah! I’m going to have to give these a try

  20. Brilynn says:

    I’m brutal for figuring out sides as well. I don’t think mine usually go together…
    Those scones look great and substantially lighter than most.

  21. BC says:

    I have a lot of difficulty with side dishes too. I usually choose a “first course”. What about a Greek salad?

  22. Tartelette says:

    These scones would be perfect with chili this weekend!
    As a side dish for the peppers, I’d go with a green salad with tomatoes and cucumbers, light vinaigrette

  23. mimikatzchen says:

    first, the scones look great! i was looking to do something with our beef stew for sunday football night and these will go perfect!

    as for the side … i would do either a sautéed dark leafy kale, or for texture difference, i would do a very light crunchy green salad … or something like a carrot and celery salad with a sherry vinaigrette.

  24. Jenny says:

    I love scones. They are a weekend staple around my house. And I have had savory scones at a cute restaurant in Pittsburgh. But really, aren’t savory scones just biscuits? I’ve literally been trying to figure this out for a year now. :)

  25. Shannon Rejaie says:

    I grew up eating stuffed peppers often, and my mother ALWAYS paired them with mashed potatos…I could probably eat them no other way.

  26. Gwen says:

    I for one much prefer savory to sweet and spicy chipotle cheddar is my favorite!

  27. I would eat these scones with ANYTHING!!! :) Pinned!

  28. I have never made savoury scones before, you have definitely inspired me to recreate the recipe. These look and sound absolutely delicious!

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