Taco Topped Cornbread Waffles

Taco topped cornbread waffles are an insanely delicious dinner idea that combines all your favorite taco ingredients, piled high on top of a rich and fluffy cornbread waffle! It is a super easy recipe and a dinner game changer.

If you love breakfast for dinner, you’ll definitely want to check out my Cornbread Waffles with Pulled Pork, Beans, and Slaw and Crispy Ham and Cheese Waffles recipes. They are some of the best recipes for a fun twist on waffles!

Taco Topped Cornbread Waffles

Best Taco Topped Cornbread Waffles Recipe

Get ready for a fun meal that’ll make you totally rethink how you make and eat tacos! Consider the cornbread waffles in this recipe as the corn tortilla holding together your taco, or almost like you are eating tamale pie… It’s certainly not traditional, but it’s so fast, so good, and it’s a great way to stretch or use up taco leftovers and turn them into another meal that isn’t just plain tacos, again.

My family loves these because they bring a new flair to taco night, and waffles are always a good idea, no matter the time of day or meal! The cornbread element gives it that extra grainy and even slightly sweet and buttery bite that pairs super well with the bold, spicy flavors of taco ingredients. I can’t get enough of them, and I can’t wait to hear what you think after you and yours gobble these up, too!

Taco Topped Cornbread Waffles Recipe


Can you use butter instead of oil in waffles?

Melted butter burns a lot easier than oil does, so I wouldn’t recommend using it to make waffles. I like using a nice, light oil, like avocado, canola, or vegetable. They’re not overpowering, but they keep the insides of the waffles moist.

How do you store leftover cornbread waffles?

When you’re done making a batch of cornbread waffles, let them cool completely on a wire rack (being careful to not stack them, which makes them soggy). After they’ve cooled, keep them in a plastic sealable bag or airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. To reheat, put them on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree F. oven for 7 to 10 minutes, or until hot.

How do you know when cornbread waffles are done cooking?

Every waffle iron is a little different and has its own way to signify that the waffles are done. Many have a light that turns on or a beep that sounds when the batter is done cooking. If you have an older waffle maker that doesn’t have a way to communicate it’s done cooking, keep an eye on the steam. When steam stops coming out the sides of the maker, it’s generally done cooking.

What else can you eat with cornbread waffles?

Cornbread waffles go GREAT with anything you’d normally eat cornbread with! Pair them with your favorite chili or grilled meat, or treat them like a regular old waffle, and pile them up with some butter and syrup (or honey!).

The Best Taco Topped Cornbread Waffles

Taco Topped Cornbread Waffles

Taco Topped Cornbread Waffles

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 large waffles 1x


Taco topped cornbread waffles are a delicious dinner idea that combines your favorite taco ingredients on top of a rich and fluffy cornbread waffle!



For the waffles:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup light oil, such as canola, avocado, or vegetable

For toppings:

  • Taco meat, such as cooked hamburger or shredded pork
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Any other taco toppings you like


  1. Plug in your waffle iron, and get it heating (I have found that the deep wells of a Belgian-style waffle maker work great for this recipe).
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture, and add the buttermilk, eggs, and oil. Whisk to combine well.
  4. Cook the batter according to the manufacturer’s directions of your waffle iron.
  5. Repeat with remaining batter.
  6. When one waffle is done, let it rest on a wire rack, taking care not to stack the waffles (the steam they produce makes them soggy if you stack them on a plate).
  7. Serve hot with your favorite taco toppings on top.


  • You can use store-bought buttermilk or homemade buttermilk. To make homemade buttermilk, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar to a 2-cup measuring cup. Fill the rest of the measuring cup up with milk (to the 2-cup line, since that’s how much you need). Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes before using.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Waffle Iron
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 6 SERVING SIZE: 1 taco waffle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 524.9 Fat: 25.9g Cholesterol: 118.7mg Sodium: 1,394.3mg Carbohydrates: 51.5g Sugars: 6.8g Protein: 21.4g Vitamin A: 180.2µg Vitamin C: 4.4mg

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.