Cornbread waffles are homemade, savory waffles made with basic pantry ingredients.  We love to serve them with chili on top for an easy weeknight meal!  
Serve cornbread waffles with Homemade Chili or try them with butter, jam, or honey!
Cornbread waffle with chili and sour cream on it, on a white plate with a fork on it.

Cornbread Waffles

I’m ready for cooler weather, colored leaves, boots, and warm comfort food!  The other night I was really craving homemade chili, but I didn’t want it over a baked potato (which is a go-to meal when I’m too lazy to make dinner). I made my tasty cornbread waffles instead!  I threw my favorite chili recipe on it, and laughed at how easily impressed and excited Jeff was about this meal!

Close up photo of a waffles with chili, sour cream and chopped green onions on it.
The process for making cornbread waffles is the same as for most waffles! First, add the dry ingredients to a bowl, and then mix in the wet ingredients. Preheat your waffle iron and spray it with nonstick cooking spray before adding the batter.
The step-by-step process for making cornbread waffles including the dry ingredients in a bowl, the wet ingredients added, the batter being poured into the waffle iron, and the final cooked waffle resting in the waffle iron.

My kids, of course, usually eat waffles with syrup and butter on top, so it took a little work to convince them to try these savory waffles.  In the end, both the cornbread waffles and chili were a big hit!

However, you can definitely enjoy cornbread waffles without chili, and simply serve them with butter and honey on top.

Two cornbread waffles stacked on each other on a white marble board with a piece of butter on top.

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Cornbread waffle with chili and sour cream on it, on a white plate with a fork on it.
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 15 minutes
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  • Preheat waffle iron.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Add milk, oil, and eggs and stir until smooth, but don't over-mix.
  • Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter onto hot waffle iron and bake in batches.
  • Serve with chili over top, if desired, garnished with shredded Cheddar, sour cream and chopped green onion.


Calories: 484kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 14gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 544mgPotassium: 577mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 281IUCalcium: 236mgIron: 4mg

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I originally shared this post September 2013. Updated August 2019.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these and they were delicious. I added shredded cheddar cheese and diced jalapeños. So yummy!

  2. Absolutely wonderful! Easy to make, tasty, and will easily become a go to for me from now on, for any meal. Made my very Swedish version of chili to go overtop, and it was the best thing I’ve had all week. Can’t wait for a leftover waffle sandwich for breakfast!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for company tonight and it was deli. I made it with the chilli from this website which was also excellent….the waffle was a really great compliment to the chilli..

  4. WHOA this looks amazing! Okay, so glad I bookmarked it and I’m actually going BACK through my bookmarks to cook new recipes!

      1. Hi there! If you are on your phone…look at top right there should be 3 dots that open up a menu. It will either say bookmark or have a simple star to add to favorites. You can also alternatively add to your home screen. Best of luck

  5. 5 stars
    We made these waffles for breakfast and instead of chili, we put bacon pieces and cheese inside. Life changing! Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    This waffle recipe is great!! I paired with our favorite chili… and BOOM! New favorite way to eat chili! This will be how I do it from now on. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Hey Lauren!
    This maybe Sounds like a stupid question, but i would really love to cook this meal and i’m a bit lost here… 🙁

    Is it 1x a 3/4 cup flour and 1x a 1/4 cup cornmeal
    1 AND a 3/4 cup flour and 1 AND a 1/4 cup cornmeal

    Sorry it really seems like a stupid question you hopefully will answer

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

      1. ahh Lauren! THANK you so MUCH! (Especially for the fast reply!)

        No i can finally make them and dig right into them! 🙂

      2. Hello. Thanks for the recipe. I was wondering if I would still need the flour if I was using Maseca which is corn flour rather than cornmeal. Thanks a bunch.

        1. Yes, that would be an okay substitute, just be sure to fluff the flour a bit and measure it into the measuring cup with spoon.

  8. Thanks for the recipe Lauren! I’ve used it several times and my family loves these waffles. I tried to access the recipe today, but I don’t see it anymore. If you click on the picture it send you to a recipe for corn chowder instead. Could you repost the recipe please? Thanks!!

    1. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention! I’m not sure what went wrong! But I added the recipe again, so it should work for you! Thanks!

        1. Hi Jessica, I’m so sorry, my site is having technical problems with the recipe card when viewed on a desktop or tablet device. You will be able to see the recipe if you pull it up on your mobile phone. I’m trying to resolve the problem ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  9. This looks good and I am going to have to try it on my family. I have older boys and I am trying to get them to cook during the week and to use some creativity in there cooking.

  10. This is dinner tonite, even if it is 1,000 degrees in the desert. Super page, hyperlink from EcoSalon. Cheers!

  11. don’t you hate ie when you see something like this and think “why didn’t I ever think of that?!” Awesome dish…everyone loved it!