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Cornbread Waffles with Chili and Fixins’

Cornbread waffles with chili and fixins’ is one of our favorite weeknight meals. Easy to make and the two flavors were meant to go together!

A FUN (AND TASTY WAY) TO EAT CHILI AND CORNBREAD!

This recipe for Cornbread Waffles with Chili and Fixins’ was inspired by a recent teacher event. We were trying to put together a teacher appreciation meal and they wanted something other than the soup and potato bar they usually have every year. So, I ended up creating this easy recipe idea!

cornbread waffle shown on a brown and white plate. Waffle is topped with chili, lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream and diced tomatoes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use homemade chili?

Of course! This recipe is more of a technique or an idea rather than a full recipe. You could make a big ole Crock Pot of Homemade Chili and sit it on the side so folks can help themselves!

Can I use any brand of cornbread mix for cornbread waffles?

Absolutely! Use your favorite brand. You’ll want to prepare the mix using the instructions on the back of the packet. Also, feel free to use your favorite flavors!

What’s the best way to serve this?

I think creating a “waffle bar” is the best way to serve this. Make all the waffles and put them out along with bowls of all the toppings along with the chili and let folks create their own personalized waffle.

What if I don’t have a waffle maker?

Thats a little tougher since it’s hard to make waffles without a waffle maker right? You could purchase one of those mini waffle makers. They are a more affordable option. Or you could make these into cornbread muffins. Once baked, you could split them open and then add the toppings.

I’m not a fan of chili, any other ideas?

I think this would work perfectly with a beef or chicken taco filling. Like my Crock Pot Taco Meat. Ot maybe make it more of a breakfast meal. Use a yellow cornbread mix and add cooked bacon or cooked and crumbled sausage. And then serve with warm maple syrup!

How do I store leftovers?

These are great to make ahead of time and store in the freezer. Just wrap them well with plastic then aluminum foil to protect against freezer burn. Store in a ziptop bag. You can then just reheat them in a toaster, toaster oven or air fryer.

close up side photo of a cornbread waffle on a plate topped with chili, shredded lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and sour cream.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • Mexican Style Cornbread Mix
  • milk
  • eggs
  • chili
  • sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese (for topping)
two packets of Mexican Style cornbread, two cans of wolf brand chili, shredded cheddar cheese, two eggs, a tub of sour cream and milk in am measuring cup.

HOW TO MAKE CORNBREAD WAFFLES WITH CHILI & FIXINS’:

Preheat your waffle iron to a medium-high setting. If your waffle iron has a number setting, set it to a number 4 (higher if you want a darker, crispier waffle.) My son likes his waffles lightly cooked so I make his first. I like mine a little more well done. Also at this point you will want to start heating up your chili. Pour both cans of chili into a covered pot and heat up until warmed through or pop it into a microwave-safe bowl and heat until warmed through.

an open waffle iron.

In a medium bowl, combine both packs of cornbread mix with eggs and milk. Stir well until combined.

cornbread batter shown in a bowl with a fork inserted.

Once your waffle iron is heated, spray with nonstick spray. I like the kind with flour in it.

spraying nonstick cooking spray on an open waffle iron.

Pour one cup of cornbread mix onto waffle iron.

cornbread batter shown on the bottom plate of the waffle iron.

Y’all, look at these waffles. They cook up perfectly in the waffle iron.

fully cooked cornbread waffle shown on the waffle iron.

  If you love your cornbread with crispy edges, then you will LOVE these waffles!

a stack of two cornbread waffles on a white plate.

Have everyone top their own waffles with what they like. Chili and lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheese and diced tomatoes. This recipe makes 4 large Belgian Waffles or 6 smaller waffles. This would be a great idea for a “Cornbread Waffle Bar”. Just set out all the hot waffles along with all the fixins’ in a bowl and let your friends and family stack it up however they like

Cornbread Waffles with Chili and Fixins shown on a brown and white plate with a fork on the side.

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Cornbread Waffles with Chili recipe.

Cornbread Waffles with Chili and Fixins’

Cornbread waffles with Chili and Fixins' is one of our favorite weeknight meals. Easy to make and the two flavors were meant to go together!
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 packets Martha White Mexican Style Cornbread Mix
  • 1 ⅓ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 (30 ounce) cans chili
  • Toppings: sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat your waffle iron to a medium-high setting.
  • If your waffle iron has a number setting, set it to a number 4 (higher if you want a darker, crispier waffle.)
  • Also at this point you will want to start heating up your chili.
  • Pour both cans of chili into a covered pot and heat up until warmed through or pop it into a microwave-safe bowl and heat until warmed through.
  • In a medium bowl, combine both packs of cornbread mix with eggs and milk.
  • Stir well until combined.
  • Once your waffle iron is heated, spray with nonstick spray.
  • Pour one cup of cornbread mix onto waffle iron.
  • Depending on your type of waffle iron, the light will come on or it will beep when ready.
  • Once they are all cooked up, it’s time for toppings!
  • Top waffles with chili, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Notes

  • Lots of ways to change this up! Use any of your favorite cornbread mixes. 
  • You could also use a beef taco filling instead of chili! 
  • Or make it like a breakfast waffle. Use the Sweet Yellow Cornbread mix and add cooked bacon or cooked and crumbled sausage. And then serve with warm maple syrup!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 801mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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199 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    HEY BRANDIE
    MY NAME IS MICHAEL, I JUST HAD TO TELL YA THAT THOSE CHILI WAFFLES ARE AWESOME. I HAD TO MAKE 10 OF THOSE BABIES AS THE FAMILY GOT INTO THIS AS WELL. THEY WERE GREAT!!!!!!! TO LOOK AT THE RECIPE , IT WAS BASIC BUT THAT BABY WENT OVER LIKE A BOMB. THE FAMILY WANTS THESE FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH CHRISTMAS DAY. LOLOL . I SAID OKAY WILL GO FOR IT AS LONG AS YOU REMIND ME…….FAMILY SAID DONT YOUR WORRY …….WE WILL!!!
    THANKS FOR THE RECIPE BRANDIE.
    MICHAEL
    P.S. I’M NOT YELLING I ALWAYS TYPE CAPS…………..C–YA

  2. AH YUM!!!!
    I’m so doing this for our next Neighborhood Gal Pals gathering! Socially distanced out of doors, of course!

  3. Oh that is wonderful Linda Sue! The waffle iron is great for so many things, not just waffles. I hope you can get your fix soon. Missing out on cornbread is just not acceptable.

  4. 5 stars
    I wondered a while back if the waffle iron could be used to make cornbread. Right now, I don't have an oven, and we have really missed eating cornbread with many of our meals. I will try this and see what the family thinks. Frying it makes it a bit too greasy, but I think this will work. Thanks.

  5. 5 stars
    We love all cornbread in this house. When I was a young girl we used to eat cornbread and milk on Sunday night after church oh the memories!!

  6. I,ll eat either but I prefer sweet cornbread I like to put a couple of drops of vanilla extract to my batter it gives my cornbread a wonderful slight flavor

  7. I've never tried cornbread waffles so I will have to try this recipe. I like a little sugar in my cornbread. Thanks

  8. Any cornbread is wonderful to eat. Love the cast iron cornbread maker. Would love to win, as everyone else who signed up, lol.