Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles Topped With Turkey Chili

Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles With Turkey Chili

My mother-in-law got me a new waffle iron for Christmas this past year so I could make four waffles at one time instead of only one at a time. What a HUGE difference! I can’t believe we went so long with a single waffle iron… I also now have a Double Belgian Waffle Iron that I use all the time!

Now that I have my new waffle iron with an adjustable heat setting, we’ve been having all sorts of fun making all different types of waffles except traditional breakfast waffles! Now that I cut out dairy, those buttermilk bites of heaven just don’t work for me. So we’ve tried:

Easy Cornbread Waffles And Chili Recipe

Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles Topped With Turkey Chili

We’ve got a long list of things to try making in the waffle iron and next up on our list were cornbread waffles. Mmmm cornbread and chili. Cornbread waffles and chili. Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles Topped With Turkey Chili. Holy moly. That would be a match made in heaven because the chili would settle into all of the little waffle wells!

Because we tried this new dinner idea during the workweek and I didn’t have a whole lot of time — and I just like things to be easy, we started with some store bought items — a box of cornbread mix and a can of turkey chili with beans.

I then preheated the waffle iron and made the cornbread mix, adding two heaping tablespoons of jalapeños, one tablespoon of honey, and 1/4 cup sweet corn niblets. Then I poured the cornbread into the waffle iron to cook. While the jalapeño cornbread waffles were cooking, I heated up the chili in a small sauce pan on the stove.

When the waffles were done, we stacked the waffles, ladled on a heaping serving of chili, and topped it with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and avocado.

And then we ate. It was soooooo crazy good!

Jalapeño Honey Cornbread Waffles With Chili

Adaptation Form The Kids

If you have kids like mine who don’t like chili, or don’t want jalapeños in their cornbread, you can make them plain cornbread waffles, or only add the corn niblets and honey.

Also, consider making this dinner “build your own” style so each person can top their cornbread waffles with their favorite toppings. For example, my son may only add some butter, while my daughter would add bacon and cheddar cheese — which is why I’ll often make her Bacon Cheddar Cornbread Waffles.

Again the waffle iron came to the rescue, helping us get dinner on the table in record time without heating up the oven. With so many easy waffle recipes to try, this kitchen appliance is quickly becoming my favorite go-to tool.

Now I can’t wait to try it with homemade cornbread and homemade vegetarian chili!

Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles Topped With Turkey Chili

Jalapeño cornbread waffles and turkey chili are a match made in heaven as the chili perfectly settles into all of the little waffle wells.

Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles With Turkey Chili

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  • 1 box cornbread mix
  • Eggs (as directed on cornbread package)
  • Milk (as directed on cornbread package)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 heaping tbsp. jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup sweet corn niblets
  • 1 can chili
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado


  1. Preheat waffle iron on medium heat. Prepare cornbread batter as directed on box, adding the sweet corn niblets, jalapeños, and honey. Do not to overmix.
  2. Pour cornbread batter into waffle iron, being careful to not overfill it. Close waffle iron and cook for approximately 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
  3. While the waffles are cooking, heat up the chili in a small sauce pan.
  4. Stack finished cornbread waffles and top with chili, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and fresh avocado. Serve immediately.


Every waffle iron cooks foods differently. Try first filling just one waffle well and doing a test run to get the cook time just right.

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