Cornmeal Waffles with Spicy Chili

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
20 min
1 hr 15 min

4 to 5 servings

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • Spicy chili, recipe follows
  • Shredded Cheddar, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Spicy Chili:
  • 1 pound lean ground chuck
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans ranch-style beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can niblet corn, drained
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles

Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add milk, oil, and eggs; stirring until smooth. Pour batter onto hot waffle iron and bake in batches. Set aside and keep warm.

Serve with Spicy Chili. Garnish with shredded Cheddar, sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro.

Spicy Chili:

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown ground chuck, until beef is crumbly. Stir in onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

Stir in beans, tomato sauce, corn, diced tomatoes, and green chiles. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

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    I'm reviewing the waffle ony, which I wanted to use with a different chili recipe. I expected this to be more like cornbread-in-a-waffle. It isn't. In fact, one hardly tastes the cornmeal at all The waffles are far too neutral and diminish the chili instead of enhance it. The texture isn't right for this combination either -- too crisp and dry. Since I'm not rating the chili, I'd give 2.5 stars if I could.
    Great recipe, but i made cornbread waffles instead! so perfect and fun!
    The waffles do need a little flavor. I added a bit of chili powder. The chili......very bad. Never would dream of putting beans or tomatos in chili. So I used my recipe. Great concept I just ran with it with my own chili and a spicier waffle.
    When I noticed reviews that said the Chili made the Waffle too mushy, I made the waffle and toppled it with eggs benedict. It was excellent...much better than an English Muffin for the base.
    The cornmeal waffles didn't have any corn taste whatsoever. I made my own chili recipe so I can't comment on that, but the waffles ended up just being a weird addition because they didn't contribute any flavor to the dish. Instead they just made it really heavy by soaking up all the chili liquid. I think next time we'll repeat this concept with a cornbread muffin mix that is stronger in flavor.
    This is a great chili recipe. I made both the waffles and the chili for fall fest at church and won the chili cook off! First time I had ever tried to make this recipe. It was easy to prepare and reminded my husband of taco soup because of the corn. We have never put corn in chili, but it was quite tasty! I did put in one can of kidney beans for one of the ranch, just because I did not have 2 cans of ranch style beans.
    Very good chili. my kids loved the idea of eatting it off Cornbread waffles, was way to much fun. you can play around with this dish, adding more heat or even jalapenos, to the cornbread mix befor cooking. wich my husband loves!
    We had this dish last night and loved it. We have a large family of nine and everyone thought it was cool to eat our chili off of a waffle. We will definately be making this again, not only for ourselves but would make a wonderful dish for when company is coming.
    I love this recipe! I follow it exactly except leave out the green peppers because my husband doesn't care for them. I love the combination of the waffles with the chili...something I never would have thought would go good together. Very filling and delicious!
    This recipe was very good. I only loosely based my chili around this recipe because my boyfriend and I like it a bit spicier. The waffles were great too! They needed a bit more sugar than the recipe call for, but this was a great combo! What an awesome idea!
    My family loved this recipe!!! We tried one of someone else's recipe from Food Network...hands down this one is the best!! And no one ended up with that chili heartburn. We will make this over and over fact I am making it tonight for work tomorrow! Everyone loves the cornmeal waffles.
    Loved it! Used a red pepper instead of beans instead of ranch style....added a little cayenne pepper...and used deer meat! I just made corn bread as well...Delish!
    The chili was Fantastic! I love the twist of the Ranch Style beans instead of just regular Red beans. My husband loved it too (and he is very picky. I didn't make the waffles though...instead I just used corn bread. It all came out great!
    I didn't make the waffles, but the chili was excellent. Being from Texas, I was concerned about corn in the chili, but it added a sweet taste and a nice crunch. Very easy and quick. Try it!
    Simple, innovative and delicious. Sure, there are tastier chilis - but this recipe was quick and straightforward. The waffles were a tad too heavy, next time I will decrease the amount of cornmeal.
    So easy and so tasty! Since I didn't grow up in America, I have no family chili recipe and am always looking for a good chili recipe. This is a good start.
    We absolutely love this chili. Simply my favorite recipe of all time!
    Very tasty and now the chili recipe I use...Who thought waffles and chili could taste so good together
    This is my husband's absolute favorite chili. We double it and use ground bison for the meat so it is super low in fat.
    I didn't make the cornmeal waffle part of the recipe, but I did make the chili. I ate the chili along with the Neeley's honey cornbread muffins and it was wonderful. The only reason that it didn't get a full 5 stars is because it is a bit too spicy for me. Instead of putting in the entire amount of chili powder that the recipe called for I only added a pinch. Other than that little minor thing this recipe is very, very tastey!
    This dish is outstanding! The chili was so easy and I didn't change a thing. The waffles, after reading some reviews, were tweaked a tad. I used milk that I soured and added 2T extra of sugar. Also for some crunch I used polenta (corn grits) with the cornmeal. 3/4 cornmeal and 1/2 cup polenta. I let it sit in my fridge for about an hour while I made the chili and let that simmer. Perfect! Thanks Paula!
    I made the Waffles and not the chili. We had them for breakfast. Very filling. My husband and I each ate 2 corners. It made 4 full size Belgium Waffles. Perfect for eating and freezing for later in the week. This wouls also be great with a mixed berry syrup or other chunky style topping.

    If you've never cooked Chili before, this is the way to go. This was my first dive into the world of chili and I must say... What a splash! I removed the beef for 100% Natural Ground Turkey (Butterball if anyone cares) and used one can of Bushes Hot Chili beans because I couldnt find the ranch style beans and man this made one hardy Chili. I was concerned about it not being hot enough so I added two drops of Blair's Ultra Death Sauce to kick it up a notch. Came out amazing. I read the reviews on hjow the waffles came out bland so I opted in for classic Jiffy cornbread muffins to balence out the heat with some sweet. Perfect dinner / lunch for the next day! Thanks Paula!
    This was my first time making chili. Not only was it is super easy but it took no time at all! This recipe was delicious with just the right amount of spice. I opted not to make the cornmeal waffles and substituted cornbread instead which was a great accompaniment to the spicy chili. I can't wait to make this again.!
    I made the chili, but not the waffles, for a girls party at my house and everyone raved over it! I did'nt use the corn and instead of the ranch-style beans I used chili beans. This was the easiest chili to make and I will definitely have it again. I've already had 3 people call me for where to find the recipe. Yummy!!!
    This is one of the best and easiest chili recipes. We needed a little more spice so we had to add some more chili powder. Great chili recipe that is fast and easy.
    Chili is excellent and so easy to make. Waffles were a little bland, so now I just use a plain ol' Jiffy cornbread mix in the waffle iron. My husband loves it; especially with some chopped jalepeno in the cornbread.
    Very easy to make and tastes great! Waffles are a different spin on the usual cornbread!
    I just bought my first waffle iron and it is all Alton's fault. He recommended a waffle iron I had never seen before and then wouldn't you know it, I found one for 80% off at a store. I now can't stop making waffles- good thing they are freezable. This cornmeal waffle is my favorite! I love the crunch. It is the best of both worlds, crunchy like corn bread and soft and pancakey on the inside. I didn't want it with the chili so I added a bit more sugar. I'm actually eating one right now.
    The chili in this recipe was fast and easy to make, and it tasted wonderful. I never made the waffles and instead put the chili over biscuits. It was an awesome, fast dinner the whole family enjoyed.
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