Cheesy Cornbread Waffles with Chili

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This Cheesy Cornbread Waffles with Chili recipe is the perfect dish! If you love waffles as well as chili, then this savory combination is one that you must try. These Cornbread Waffles are the perfect holder for your chili. If you are looking for a unique spin on two traditional recipes, then this is it!

The chili on a waffle on a serving plate.

Cheesy Cornbread Waffles with Chili

These Waffles and Chili recipe is so delicious! This recipe is great comfort food and you can really eat it whenever your heart desires. You have a slightly crunchy waffle with a sweet and slightly spicy flavor. This will become a new favorite, so be sure to keep this one handy!

Having a list of easy to make comfort food is a must. Sometimes after a long day or a rough week, you just need a plate of warm and comforting food. My family has a few delicious comfort recipes that I think you will enjoy, like my Jalapeno Cornbread and my Chili Mac and Cheese. But sometimes there is nothing better than a piping hot bowl of Mac and Cheese!


  • Ground Sirloin- This will be the main meat of your chili.
  • Sweet onion – These will need to be chopped for the recipe.
  • Garlic- This will need to be minced and you can mince your own garlic for better flavor.
  • Beans – You will use drained and rinsed Dark Red Kidney beans.
  • Tomato Juice – This will be for the base of your chili.
  • Ketchup- This will add a slightly sweet flavor to your chili.
  • Garlic Salt – This will add a wonderful aroma to your recipe.
  • Salt – This will bring out the flavors in your recipe.
  • Seasoned Pepper – sprinkled lightly on the Sirloin
  • Ground Cumin- This will add a slightly spicy flavor to your chili.
  • Chili powder- This will add a smoky flavor to your recipe.
  • Brown Sugar- This will add a slight richness to your recipe.
  • Jiffy Cornbread mix- This will be the main base for your waffles.
  • Eggs- Use eggs that are at room temperature.
  • Milk- You can use whole or 2% milk for this recipe.
  • Shredded Colby Jack Cheese- This will be added on top of the chili.

How to Make Cornbread Waffles

Cook your ground sirloin in a large roaster or spaghetti pot. Use paper towels to remove excess fat.

Add in the Garlic salt, salt, and pepper and combine. mix in the onions and cook until brown.

Mix in the minced garlic and then, the Tomato juice.

Add in more salt and garlic salt and mix again.

Add in your drained and cleaned beans, ketchup, cumin, chili powder, and brown sugar.

All your ingredients in a crockpot.

Mix to combine and let simmer for about 2 to 3 hours.

Taste test the chili and add more of each of the salt, brown sugar, chili powder, or cumin depending on what you prefer. Adding chili will give the chili a stronger chili flavor and add a bit of heat, so if you want more of a chili flavor, add more cumin and if you want more heat, add the cumin and chili powder.

The Waffles

The average waffle iron takes about 8 minutes to make a decent waffle. Begin making the waffles ahead of time and keep them warm and uncovered in an oven set to 250 degrees.

Add both of the cornbread mixes into a large bowl. Go along with the directions of the cornbread and add the eggs and milk, then combine.

All the waffle ingredients in a bowl.

Use cooking spray to grease the waffle iron, and pour the batter onto the prepared iron.

Adding the waffle mix to a grease waffle iron.

When the waffles and chili are done, top the waffles with the chili and sprinkle some cheese on top.

Serve and Enjoy!

Cheesy Cornbread Waffles with Chili on a serving plate on a wooden board.

Can Cornbread Waffles Be Made Ahead of Time?

The Cornbread waffles can be made ahead of time. You are actually recommended to make them ahead slightly and keep warm in the oven. Although, cooking them on the spot will always have the best results and flavor.

How to Serve Waffles with Chili?

Serving your cornbread waffles is super easy. You can add the chili into a bowl and side it with a plate of waffles. Another way is by adding the chili on top of the cooked waffles and serving

Cheesy Cornbread Waffles with Chili with more chili and cheese on the side.


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Chili and cheese on top of cornbread waffles on a white plate
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This Cheesy Cornbread Waffles with Chili recipe is the perfect dish! If you love waffles as well as chili, then this savory combination is one that you must try. These Cheesy Cornbread Waffles are the perfect holder for your chili. If you are looking for a unique spin on two traditional recipes, then this is it!
Servings: 8
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 8 minutes


  • 1 pound Ground Sirloin
  • 1 large sweet onion - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced Garlic
  • 1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans - 15 - 17 ounces - Drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Tomato Juice - about 44 - 50 ounces
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • Garlic Salt - to taste
  • Seasoned Salt - to taste
  • Seasoned Pepper - sprinkled lightly on the Sirloin
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar


  • 2 package Jiffy Cornbread mix
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • 1 cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • Cooking Spray


  • In a large roaster or a large Spaghetti pot, brown the Ground Sirloin, until it's completely done, and no pink is visible.   Remove any fat with paper towels.  Sprinkle the Ground Sirloin with Garlic Salt, Seasoned Salt, and Seasoned Pepper, and stir well.  Add the Onion, and brown slightly.  Add the minced Garlic. Add the Tomato Juice, and stir well.  Sprinkle again with Garlic Salt, and Seasoned Salt. Stir again.  Add the drained and rinsed Kidney Beans, Ketchup, Cumin, Chili Powder, and Brown Sugar.   Stir well, and let simmer on low for 2 to 3 hours.  Taste the Chili, and if you prefer a little more salt, or brown sugar, or chili powder, or Cumin, add a little more and stir.   (Cumin will give the chili a true chili flavor, Chili Powder will give it great flavor, but also add heat.  So if you want just the chili flavor, add more Cumin, if you want a little more heat, add Chili powder, and Cumin).


  • Most waffle irons take about 8 minutes to make a waffle, so depending on how many you need, I'd start early on making the waffles, or make them a little ahead, and keep them warm, uncovered in the oven at about 250 degrees.
  • In a large bowl add the contents of both packages of Jiffy Cornbread mix.  Following the package directions, add Eggs and Milk, and Stir well.  Add cheese, and mix well to blend.  Spray Waffle Iron with Cooking Spray, and add batter to the Waffle iron.  When Waffles are done, place them on a plate, or dish, and keep warm in the oven until time to serve. Place a whole Waffle on a dinner plate, and top with chili, and shredded cheese.  Serve, and Enjoy!

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