Chilli, Cheddar & Cornbread Waffles

Makes 8

Made using the Cuisinart® Waffle Maker


For the chilli

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato pure
  • 250ml beef stock
  • 400g can red kidney beans, drained
  • 100g frozen sweetcorn

For the waffles

  • 200g gluten-free flour
  • 150g fine cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 400ml milk
  • 90ml vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 100g mature Cheddar cheese, coarsely grated, plus extra for serving

To serve

  • 300ml soured cream
  • Sliced red chilli
  • Fresh coriander


  1. To make the chilli, heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, garlic and peppers and cook gently until slightly softened. Add the meat and brown evenly, then stir in the chilli powder, paprika, tomatoes, pure and stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, then cover and cook for 40-50 minutes until thick. Stir in the kidney beans and sweetcorn 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the waffles, sift the flour into a mixing bowl and mix in the cornmeal, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, sugar and milk. In another bowl whisk together the oil, eggs, chilli flakes and cheese. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Leave to stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat the waffle maker and lightly brush the cooking plates with oil. Pour a ladleful of batter into the centre of each plate, ensuring it spreads to the corners. Cook for 4-5 minutes until golden. Repeat with the remaining batter until you have 8 waffles, brushing the plates with more oil as needed.
  4. Serve the waffles topped with the chilli and plenty of soured cream, grated cheese, sliced chilli and fresh coriander.

Tip: Leave the chilli to stand for 10-15 minutes before serving to allow the flavours to mingle and develop. The waffles are best eaten freshly made but they can be prepared ahead of time and reheated in a warm oven.