Cornmeal Cheddar Chipotle Waffles

Serve up these cornmeal cheddar chipotle waffles with salsa and a fried egg for the ultimate breakfast for dinner. Side of bacon optional!

Cornmeal cheddar chipotle waffles.

When did breakfast for dinner become a thing? Was it always a thing? I can’t recall ever having pancakes or waffles for dinner as a kid, but suspect I would have been pretty pumped to do so. And I definitely recall a few times circa college having cereal for dinner, because that’s delicious and requires zero effort. In fact it’s possible I still have cereal for dinner sometimes when the husband travels and the little one is already asleep. It’s the little things.

Maybe that’s where it starts? You pour cereal a few times for dinner, because it sounds good and you can, and pretty soon you’re reflecting on the truth that tons of breakfast foods are amazing, and there’s no good reason to cordon them off to the first meal of the day. Before long, you’re day-dreaming about not only traditional pancakes and french toast, but envisioning new ways to combine or spice them up to make them 125% worthy of dinner. No? Just me?

Cornmeal Cheddar Chipotle Waffles

Cornmeal cheddar chipotle waffles.

Whether your day-dreams are about dinner or anything else, I suspect we can all get behind the idea of eating waffles at any time of day. This savory take jumps with flavor – you’ll mix grated cheddar, chives, and diced chipotle chili peppers right into the thick cornmeal batter.

Cornmeal cheddar chipotle waffles with salsa and fried egg.

Put an Egg On It

The waffle recipe is adapted, barely, from one of the most fun cookbooks we own, Waffles by Dawn Yanagihara. A whole cookbook devoted to the joy of waffles? Obviously!

And my favorite toppings are inspired by this oldie-but-goodie Joy the Baker affair. Because adding a fried egg and salsa is never wrong. We chowed these with a generous spoonful of relatively mild pico de gallo, which added a certain freshness without getting into competition with the waffle. That said, I’m sure any salsa you enjoy, or, uh, have in the fridge, would be delicious.

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Cornmeal cheddar chipotle waffles with salsa and fried egg.

How about you? Do you make breakfast dinner? Do you use “regular” breakfast recipes or spin them somehow? I’m on this train now and craving more inspiration, so please help me out in the comments below!

Cornmeal Cheddar Chipotle Waffles




Yield 8 waffles

Serve up these cornmeal cheddar chipotle waffles with salsa and a fried egg for the ultimate breakfast for dinner - side of bacon optional!


For the Waffles:

  • 1 cup (140 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (150 grams) stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups (420 mililiters) buttermilk
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, minced and seeded
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced chives, to taste

To Top:

  • Salsa
  • Fried eggs


  1. Preheat a waffle iron. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, sea salt, and baking soda. Add the cheese and toss to combine, using the whisk or your hands to break up any large clumps.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until well combined, then whisk in the buttermilk and stir in the chipotle chili. Slowly stir in the butter. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and fold gently just until the batter is evenly moistened. Add the chives and fold again gently.
  3. Pour a generous 1/2 cup of the batter (or the recommended amount for your iron!) into the waffle iron, and use a rubber spatula to spread the batter close to the edges. Close the lid and bake the waffle until deep golden brown. Remove waffle and plate immediately or transfer to the oven. (See note below.) Top with salsa and a fried egg, or any other fixings your heart desires.


If you would like to serve all the waffles at once, keep them warm and crisp in the oven until you’re ready to eat. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C), position a wire rack in the middle position, and transfer cooked waffles directly from the waffle iron to the wire rack until it’s time to serve.

If you have a few minutes to spare, allow the waffle batter to rest after you fold in the chives and before you begin pouring it into the iron. This is not strictly necessary, but I have found nearly every waffle batter, this one included, yields a finished product with a nicer texture if allowed to rest for a few minutes at this stage.

Inspired by Joy the Baker and adapted from Waffles by Dawn Yanagihara

Cornmeal cheddar chipotle waffles. Serve with salsa and a fried egg for the ultimate breakfast for dinner!


  • Reply
    May 18, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Brinner is totally a thing in our household! Why limit yourself to certain flavours and ingredient combinations at certain times of day when there’s so much amazingly delicious fun to be had whenever you feel like it! These waffles sound amazing – I’ve not done too much experimentation with waffles and have NEVER cooked a savoury version so I feel like this is a personal goal I have to achieve haha. Thanks for the inspo!

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      May 18, 2017 at 11:53 am

      I totally agree! I am so glad I’ve started to break out of the mold a little bit more as I’ve grown more comfortable in the kitchen. I strongly encourage adding savory waffles to your menu one night ASAP – that is a high quality goal! 🙂

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    Patty @ Spoonabilities
    May 18, 2017 at 12:05 am

    What a great spin on waffles! I love the idea of making the waffle spicy and serving for dinner.

    • Reply
      May 18, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks, Patty!

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    May 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Mm these look delicious! I love breakfast and always need more waffle ideas. Pinned!

    • Reply
      May 18, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks! I hope you love them as much as we did!

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    May 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I absolutely love savoury waffles, I’m going to try this next week with my Mum!

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      May 18, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Hooray! I’d LOVE to hear how they turn out for you! 🙂

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    May 15, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Love this idea! Especially with the egg on top!

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    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    May 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I’m SO into breakfast for dinner, (as long as I can have a glass of wine, too!) I find it oddly comforting. This looks like the next one up for me!

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      May 12, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      I’m with you on all counts! This one’s a sure keeper – please let me know how it turns out if you try it!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    May 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I love the savory waffle idea and would add some cheese to really take it over the top. Maybe I’ll share this idea with the hubs for Mother’s Day!

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      May 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Yes! Mother’s Day brunch is a win!

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    May 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Savory Waffles? Yessss! I love the addition of an egg on top too.

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    May 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I don’t have waffles very often, but when I do, they’re always savoury. These ones look perfect for me! I can already imagine the strong flavour of the cheddar and the awesome texture from the cornmeal. Yum!

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    Platter Talk
    May 12, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I love this waffle recipe and it’s twist on savory flavors!

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