Fast and Easy Cornbread Waffles with Chili that only take 15 minutes to get on the table. The whole family will love adding their own toppings.
My mom and I have really bonded over the blog. In the last 18 months or so we have spent tons of time on the phone talking about recipes, craft ideas, working through problems or comments that may have stung a little. She’s definitely my number one blog fan and it means the world to me. She came across a few recipes in her local newspaper and was excited to share them with me. She was on the phone telling me about cornbread, cooked in a waffle iron, with chili on top. Huh?? I’d never even heard of such a thing. It sounded easy enough and for some reason I just had to make it. I went to the store and picked up what I needed and made it that very night.
Cornbread waffles with chili was shockingly delicious and probably the easiest thing in the world. You can’t beat a meal that takes 15 minutes to put together, and I didn’t have to turn on my oven in this summer heat either. Double win! I was shocked at how much my family loved it. If you have ever had Navajo Tacos, this eats a lot like those, which is a very good thing. The corn bread and chili were a great base for all of your favorite toppings. My kids love anything that they can customize and this was just perfect for them.
In the notes of the recipe, I mention how to use your favorite cornbread recipe and homemade chili instead of the store-bought stuff if that is more your style. I honestly had to go pick up the mix and the can because they aren’t things I keep on the shelf.
So trust me on this one and make it soon. It was tasty, fast, and needs no oven – always a good thing in my book.
Tips and Tricks for Making Cornbread Waffles with Chili
- To speed things up, the recipe calls for boxed cornbread and canned chili. If that isn’t your jam, make those elements from scratch.
- Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili or Healthy Lentil Chili are two of our favorite chilis to put over cornbread waffles. I’ll make them, save part for this recipe later in the week, and serve the rest that day. Cook once and eat twice!
- The Best Cornbread Recipe really does live up to its name. This is what I often use to make cornbread waffles.
- Because you are using a waffle maker, you aren’t heating up your kitchen with the oven. Great recipe for hot summers or to get your kids involved in cooking!
- The kids love that they can add what they like to the top, making this meal very family-friendly.
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Fast and easy cornbread waffles with chili that only take 15 minutes to get on the table. The whole family will love adding their own toppings.
For the Cornbread Waffle
- 1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 3/4 cups milk
For the Topping
- 1 can of your favorite store-bought chili or a few cups of homemade
- shredded lettuce
- grated cheese
- sour cream
- diced tomatoes
- hot sauce
- pickled jalapeños
- For the waffles, mix together the cornbread mix, egg, butter, and milk in a small bowl. Cook the cornbread in a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.
- Heat the chili and prepare the toppings.
- When the cornbread waffles are cooked, top them with warm chili and toppings and enjoy.
- I had to buy canned chili and boxed cornbread mix just for this. We loved the meal and so I made a big batch of chili and put it in the freezer in 2-cup portions and I have also used my favorite homemade cornbread recipe and just added a bit more milk so that it was a little thinner than usual for the waffles. The store-bought stuff is super easy but if you have the time, the homemade stuff is probably a little better for you.
- The Best Cornbread Recipe we love this one. Feel free to try to cut it in half.
- Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili or Healthy Lentil Chili are favorites over the cornbread waffles. I’ll make them and save a portion for this meal later in the week. Cook once, eat twice!
The recipe comes from my Mom’s newspaper in Kentucky and it sites the Jiffy Cornbread box as where it got the recipe.
So what do you think? Do cornbread waffles with chili sound good or weird you out?!
Other super quick and easy dinner ideas:
- The Best Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup (has a ONE MINUTE cook time!)
- 20 Minute Easy Cheesy Pizza Sticks
- 30 Minute Simple Roasted Tomato and Sausage Pasta
- Mini Baked Corn Dogs
- 30 Minute Meaty Margherita Pizza
Enjoy from my kitchen to yours!
This post was originally published in June 2013 and is being republished in July 2018.