Cornmeal Waffles with BBQ Beef

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My cornmeal waffles have jalapenos baked inside and BBQ beef piled on top. Make this savory waffle recipe for a delicious brunch or breakfast for dinner!

plate of cornmeal waffles topped with bbq beef

Waffles don’t just have to be for breakfast you know. Not that there’s anything wrong with a sweet stack of red velvet waffles, mind you. Valentine’s Day (or any day) is perfect for those.

But when you’re craving breakfast for dinner, these cornmeal waffles with BBQ beef are exactly what you need to make!

Made with cornmeal, whole wheat flour, chopped pickled jalapeños and topped with a lime crema, they make for one hearty meal.


Cornmeal waffles

The other day Dave made these fantastic Jalapeño Cornmeal Waffles for breakfast. My first thought was that they could be a fantastic base for a dinner. Both BBQ beef and chicken came to mind, and I decided to try them out this weekend.

We always make extra waffles to freeze either for another breakfast or like this scrumptious dinner. It makes sense with just the two of us to make a full batch and pop the cooled, extra ones in a Ziploc and then in the freezer. Makes the next breakfast or dinner easier and a meal come together so quickly.


Making the bbq beef

I like to use beef strips from the market that are packaged as “stir fry beef”. It’s thin cut, so you just cut it into cubes and marinate it.  My favorite BBQ sauce is from Loveless Café. I order it online from Tennessee. It’s the perfect blend for me of sweet, tangy and heat. Feel free to use whatever brand is your favorite or make some Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce.

I marinate the meat for at least 4 hours, but prefer overnight for maximum flavor penetration. It sears quickly and the sugar caramelizes and the edges gets a little crunchy and browned.

I felt it needed a little something and whisked together some sour cream with freshly juiced lime and the zest. It added the tang to cut the slight heat and richness from the cornmeal, jalapeño wheat waffles.


Waffle lover? Make a batch of blueberry pound cake waffles or for another easy breakfast for dinner idea, try crispy mac and cheese waffles. SO good!

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plate of cornmeal waffles topped with bbq beef

Cornmeal Waffles with BBQ Beef

5 from 3 votes
My cornmeal waffles have chiles inside and BBQ beef on top. Make this savory waffle recipe for a delicious brunch or breakfast for dinner!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 12 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 27 minutes



  • Cube the beef and mix with your favorite BBQ sauce. Cover and marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the buttermilk, melt butter and eggs. Set aside.
  • In a larger bowl whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder & soda, salt and jalapenos. Pour in the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the juice and zest from the lime with the sour cream. Set aside.
  • Make your waffles per your waffle maker’s instructions.
  • While making waffles, get a large skillet hot, add the oil and brown the beef, searing on all sides for 6-7 minutes.
  • Divide the BBQ beef cubes over each waffle and drizzle with lime and sour cream sauce. Top with chopped cilantro leaves and serve.


  1. I get bottom round that’s been cubed into bite size pieces from the meat section or ask your butcher.


Calories: 1059kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 242mg | Sodium: 2134mg | Potassium: 1177mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 1375IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 356mg | Iron: 5.7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dinners
Cuisine: American, Southern
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    1. Thanks Tux! For whatever reason this comment was in my Trash! Glad you like, hopefully try it it’s a doozy!
      BTW, when I try to comment on your site it never goes through? Really.

  1. 5 stars
    Funny, never thought I would miss not having a waffle maker, but now…those sound delicious. I just may have to pick up a waffle iron when I fly back, so I can try this.

    1. I go through phases of it’s use, wether it’s for sweet or savory, but it gets a workout. Have a great weekend!

  2. My stomach is already tensing up at the thought of jalapeño waffles. I like them in small doses, but my body doesn’t cope with chill as much as I’d like! I still wouldn’t say no to these. And that glistening beef!

  3. As a savory breakfast person, I’ve never been a huge fan of waffles. But here we are… my mind officially blown. Bet Eric would adore these too topped with that wonderful BBQ beef.

  4. Heck yeah! I will throw my clock out of the window if it means I get these Jalapeno Cornmeal Waffles. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack…it’s all the same to me. And the BBQ on top? A nice lagniappe! #WolfpackWaffle

    1. OK, I had to look up lagniappe! Nice choice of words Dave.
      I actually like waffles instead of toast sometimes, just as a little extra something. Especially if bacon is in the mix. 🙂 #WolfpackWordsmith

  5. Looks so delicious Kevin! Never tried savory waffles, I guess I should! And your photos lately becoming amazingly good! Pinned!

  6. 5 stars
    I usually make sweet waffles. Indeed, I cannot remember any savory I’ve made except the cheese ones. But they don’t count. You’ve got something outstanding. If I were a food magazine’s editor, I would definitely choose this recipe for the next issue. Well done, Kevin!

    1. Really appreciate that Ben, thanks. It would be a dream to grace the cover of a food magazine one day wouldn’t it?
      Have a great day – did you get my email BTW?

  7. I LOVE waffles for dinner! I actually grew up eating waffles for dinner with curry, and eating it for breakfast was rare! I would GLADLY have these cornmeal waffles anytime of the day and that BBQ beef looks amazing…

    1. Thanks so much Dini. I think I almost prefer the savory over the sweet breakfast versions. Smothered in a fantastic curry sauce sounds heavenly, thanks!

  8. Hey Kevin! This looks like a perfect meal for any time of day! I really like the cornmeal addition. I’ve been making stuffing waffles using my sausage stuffing – they are good with gravy or topped with a poached egg and Hollandaise sauce! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    I just finish commenting on one recipe and you post yet another one that I MUST TRY! I love savory waffles but this is the bomb! Beef with BBQ sauce! Of course, and jalapenos in the waffles! My son in-law will love these and they’re visiting next month but I won’t be able to wait that long so this is tomorrow’s dinner for sure. Ryan’s not a big meat eater so what do you think if for him I substituted black beans for the meat? Then that’s all the more beef for Dave and me. Love these pictures, too!

    1. Thank you Sally, appreciate the kind words. Black beans sound like a great fix, and like you said, more for you and Dave! 🙂