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Chili and Cornbread Waffle Stacks

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Napkin, please.

Let's get messy today with a runny egg yolk over spicy chili and a sweet cornbread waffle. Yeah? I won't even judge if you if you have eggs yolks running down your chin and chili drippings on your shirt.

Can I be honest with you? I am a total sugar-lover, so savory waffles are extremely out of the box for me.

But then I found out that I lovvvve these, a lot.

Syrup and whipped cream, I'll come back for you around midnight.

This whole savory waffle shenanigan started with an overabundance of my favorite soup ever - posole. This posole is a super easy to make Mexican hominy-based stew with pork sausage in it. Because I love pork.

But you can use regular chili, because it's the chili time of year.

Chili in a white bowl.

Now let's talk about golden fluffy cornbread waffles.

Cornbread waffles happen when I realize that I don't love multigrain waffles. I mean, I don't want to be a waffle discriminator, but just leave out the flax and add the cornmeal and sugar. That's how it goes for me and my waffle maker.

Cornbread waffles on a plate.

One lesson I've learned in the last five years is that fried eggs on top of things is basically the same thing as happiness.

Speaking of eggs, have I told you about how the eggs here in the Philippines are not refrigerated? Usually I refrigerate them before using them, like a true Type A American. Buuuut the other day I actually used an egg from straight off the shelf. Like, it was warm. Because off the shelf here means it's been sitting in 1,000 degree heat all day. Nothing crazy happened, but it was weird and I don't really want to talk about it anymore. I think I like refrigerated eggs better.

Ok, one thing.

Please keep the yolk soft. It's pretty and it tastes dreamy.

Chili and cornbread waffle stacks with an egg on a plate with a fork.

At this point in my savory waffle pilgrimage, I was about to shove the first drippy bite into my mouth.

Load the fork, bring bite to mouth, glance out the window.

Young boy waving and smiling.

And there he was, watching me feed my face a fried egg waffle.

He was joined by about five kids ranging from toddler to late elementary, all watching me through the open front door. I'm pretty sure I've been promoted to the status of Strange Neighbor Who Takes Pictures of Food.

But all in the name of savory cornbread waffles topped with chili and fried egg.

A worthy cause, for sure.

Chili and cornbread waffle stacks on a plate with a fork.
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Chili and Cornbread Waffle Stacks


These chili and cornbread waffle stacks start with a plate of delicious cornbread waffles, topped with chili and a fried egg. YUM.


  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2-3 cups leftover chili (I used posole)
  • 4 eggs


  1. Mix flours, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add egg, buttermilk, and oil and whisk until just combined. If batter seems too thick, add a tablespoon or more of buttermilk.
  2. Heat a waffle iron and pour batter onto hot griddles. Cook until waffles are lightly crispy and golden brown on the outside. Keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.
  3. Warm up chili on the stovetop. While chili is heating up, place a frying pan over medium heat. Crack 1-2 eggs at a time into the pan (depending on the size of your pan), keeping them separate. Allow to fry for 3-4 minutes or until the surface of the egg whites are cooked through. The middle should still be runny. I didn't flip my eggs because they were cooked through already and I didn't want to break the yolks, but you could flip and cook on the other side if you're good at frying eggs. 🙂
  4. Stack waffles on a plate and top with a scoop of chili and a fried egg.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: waffle stack, cornbread, chili and cornbread

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    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      The waffle recipe was spot on!!! I made my usual chili bowl with this and it was perfection!!! Thanks for sharing!!! (I’m eating this as I type this… Too good for words!)

  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    You’re right, a fried egg on top of anything tastes good! I’m not sure how I feel about the warm eggs. I’m glad you stopped talking about it when you did. Haha! This looks like a nice spicy and egg dish. I love every type of waffle… Will have to try soon!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    This sounds so hearty and filling! I love chili with a fried egg on top, but adding the waffle really puts it over the top. 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I don’t know what kind of rock I’ve been living under, but I need to make the chili + fried egg a regular thing. It’s divine!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    Cornbread waffles, what a great idea. Great way to put a new spin on cornbread and chili.

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    Haha that would have been a little off-putting but maybe it’s your fan club?

    Don’t worry my neighbours can see my studio (read kitchen) through the window so I’m also the crazy neighbour who takes photos of her food.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      No, it’s all good. Just a little weird since I can’t explain myself in Cebuano… I just usually offer food. 🙂

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    Soooo yummy! I was thinking about doing a play on chicken and waffles, by doing waffles with wild rice and thyme 🙂 This inspires me!!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    I find it difficult to get my head round the concept of savoury waffles but I think this could convince me that it’s genius!

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    You crack me up! I haven’t had a fried egg on top of anything ever!! It’s something I’ve been wanting lately though. AND my hubs and I have been talking about making waffles and chili, so I’m there!!!! Yippeeeeeee 🙂

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    Fried eggs on top of stuff really is one of the best things ever.

    When I lived in France we didn’t refrigerate our eggs, either. Supposedly we have to refrigerate them in the US because our pasteurization laws mean that the protective coating that’s naturally on the eggs gets washed off before they hit our shelves. Ironic, isn’t it?

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks so delicious! Oh that runny egg! I just recently joined the runny egg movement and there’s NO turning back now! Every morning I have Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with egg..Glorious! Bet this savory waffle is just that!