waffle tacos

Mini Cheddar Jalapeno Cornmeal Waffle Tacos

Combine breakfast and dinner with these savory waffle tacos!

We love traditional sweet waffles. But, add some savory elements and this breakfast can become a new dinner favorite! These cornmeal waffles topped with all the right stuff is the new dish for Taco Tuesday.

Tara Bench shares what to add to this waffle batter to make them savory. She also shares a delicious sweet version of cornmeal tacos, and an adjustment to make to your syrup recipe.

Find more recipes from Tara on Instagram, @tarateaspoon.


Jalapeno Cornmeal Waffles


  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 medium jalapeños, seeded and finely diced
  • ¾ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese


  • Leftover pulled pork (or Tara’s Garlic Lime Carnitas recipe, found in her cookbook)
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage or slaw mix
  • Crema
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Radishes, thinly sliced
  • Lime wedges


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, oil, and butter. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and whisk well to combine. Stir in jalapeño and cheddar.
  2. Heat oven to 200ºF. Heat waffle iron and spoon about 2 tablespoons batter into the center of each mold. Cook until baked through and just turning golden, about 2 to 2½ minutes, depending on your iron. Waffles will be about 3 inches in diameter. Place waffles in warm oven while you cook the rest.
  3. Top waffles with warm Cuban Garlic-Lime Carnitas, cabbage, and crema. Garnish with cilantro, radish slices, and a squeeze of lime.

Make your own crema by whisking together ½ cup sour cream and 2 teaspoons lime juice.

For a fun presentation, serve these waffles like a taco bar, setting out the waffles and all the fixings and letting everyone build their own.


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