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Cornmeal Waffles for Dinner - Topped with Homemade Chili

Oh. My. Goodness.

savory cornmeal waffles

Forget what you were planning to make for dinner tonight. Pasta? Steak? This is better.

Chicken and waffles?? THIS IS BETTER.

We're taking "breakfast for dinner" to the next level. The savory level.

Not only is this recipe scrumptious, these chili-covered cornmeal waffles seem like the kind of meal that you slaved over all day long, though they're actually quick and easy. Sexy Nerd is impressed whenever he comes home to this dinner.


Start by making the chili, which needs to simmer.

Homemade, Easy Peasy Chili Recipe
Serves 3


1 can diced tomatoes with green chili (Do not drain.)
1 can white, black, or pinto beans (Do not drain.)
1/4 C creamed corn (Yes, creamed. This will add just the right touch of sweetness.)
1 C cooked ground meat
1 diced bell pepper
1 diced onion
1 diced garlic clove
1 bay leaf
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 C water
salt, black pepper, cilantro, and red chili flakes to taste

Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for at least 45 minutes.

Easy peasy, right?

favorite chili recipe
I'd say forget the waffles and just go crazy eating this gorgeous chili, but that would be like saying to skip the frosting on a cake. They're good on their own but they make each other even better.

When your chili has simmered at least 45 minutes and you're ready to eat, it's time to make the cornmeal waffles.

How to Make Cornmeal Waffles

Take your favorite regular waffle recipe. Substitute half the flour with cornmeal and throw in a sprinkle of seasoned salt, such as Season All.

If using a mix, like Bisquick, substitute half the mix with cornmeal.

heart waffles recipe
Bonus points for heart-shaped waffles, you adorable chef.

When cooking, resist the urge to impatiently pull them from the waffle iron early. I know you want to eat them right now, but they taste best when they're nice and crispy.

Now the fun part.

On top of your waffle, place slices of cheese, such as Kraft singles, in a single layer. Top with hot chili, which will create a surprise deposit of cheesy goodness.

chili and waffles
Amazing, right? It gets even better. After you've topped your waffle with chili...

waffles for dinner recipe
...smother it with gobs of shredded cheese! We like to indulge around here.

The verdict?

eating a chili waffle

breakfast for dinner verdict

dinner your husband will love

Sexy Nerd says to heck with my breakfast for dinner mentality. He requests to have this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.