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Cheesy Chili Dinner Waffles Recipe

This is one of our favorite dinners. How convenient that it also happens to be quick and easy!

It's not the prettiest waffle around, though my blue Noritake Colorwave plate tried to fool you into thinking otherwise.

This is a recipe you should bookmark. These chili-covered cornmeal waffles seem like the kind of meal you worked really hard on, even though they take no effort at all. Sexy Nerd is certainly impressed whenever he comes home to this dinner.


The superstar of this meal is the cornmeal waffle, so feel free to use canned chili if you're crunched for time lazy. (No judgement!) If you're feelin' fancy though, I have a great chili recipe for you:

LambAround's Easy Peasy Chili
(serves 3)
1 can tomatoes with green chile
1 can white beans
3 Tbsp creamed corn
1/2 - 1 lb cooked ground beef (the amount depends on how carnivorous you're feeling)
1 diced bell pepper
1 diced white onion
1 diced garlic clove
1 dried red chili pepper (be sure to remove this after cooking!)
1 bay leaf (ditto)
Hefty dash each of cumin and red chili flakes

Simmer all ingredients in a covered pan for at least 45 minutes.
(Easy peasy, right?)

Cornmeal Waffles
(Also easy peasy. I am the queen of lazy.)
(I'd prefer to be the undisputed leader of all laziness, but I'm too lazy to make that happen.)

Take your favorite regular waffle recipe. (Okay, obviously not something crazy, like mint chip brownie waffles with butterscotch, as good as that sounds. Work with me here, people.) Substitute half the flour with cornmeal and throw in a sprinkle of your favorite seasoned salt. I love Season All. If using a mix, like Bisquick, substitute half the mix with cornmeal.

When cooking, resist the urge to pull these from the waffle iron early. I know you want to eat them right now, but your patience will be rewarded. The cornmeal gives these a nice, crispy exterior - the perfect base for a hearty chili.

Next comes the best part.

Cheese! What isn't made better with cheese?
(Well, probably those mint chip brownie waffles with butterscotch I mentioned earlier.)

Shredded cheddar works great for this, but Sexy Nerd loooves those plasticy American cheese slices.

Top with hot, flavorful chili...

...and smother with gobs of shredded mozzarella cheese! Because why use just one kind of cheese when you can have two, right?

It's a manly dinner, albeit one served on beautiful floral plates.

The Sexy Nerd thumbs-up of approval!

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