Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

These quick and easy waffles made with jalapeño and cheddar cheese are a fantastic savory twist on the classic waffle. Fluffy, crispy, cheesy, and just the right amount of spicy — pair them with crispy bacon, egg, avocado slices, or even fried chicken, and you have a winning breakfast meal!
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About This Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles Recipe

If you are like me and prefer savory breakfasts, these spicy, cheesy waffles are a great way to spruce up a regular breakfast. They are the perfect combination of a fluffy batter that’s soft inside and crispy outside, loaded with sharp cheddar cheese and jalapeños adding an irresistibly spicy kick of flavor.

Waffles are easy to make and incredibly versatile. Sweet or savory, there are endless combinations of flavors.

In this recipe, we add the classic combination of cheese and jalapeños. Cheddar cheese has a sharp and intense flavor and is an excellent source of calcium necessary for your bone health.

Jalapeño peppers are commonly used in Mexican cuisine but have become popular across the world today. You can find them in almost all supermarkets. They have a very intense flavor, with just a few slivers adding a nice peppery spice to any dish. Apart from the mouthwatering taste, jalapeños are also packed with nutrients and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

Enjoy these waffles as they are or top them off with an egg, avocado, a dollop of salsa, crispy bacon, or some fried chicken. And if you like the savory and sweet combination, try a drizzle of maple syrup!

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

What You Need for This Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles Recipe

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

Ingredient Notes

  • Flour: I have used plain/all-purpose flour because it gives a light texture to the batter.
  • Cornmeal: For a nice crunch and toasty flavor.
  • Buttermilk: It reacts with baking powder and creates a wonderful rise, resulting in ultra fluffy waffles. It also helps to give the right consistency to the batter, keeping the waffles soft inside.
  • Baking Powder: To help the waffles rise.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: It has a pleasantly sharp taste that goes perfectly with jalapeños.
  • Jalapeños: It adds a fresh pepper taste with a slight spiciness.
  • Vegetable Oil: It is part of this recipe’s liquid components and produces a light and airy waffle. I like to use vegetable oil like canola or sunflower oil for a neutral flavor.
  • Egg: It adds tenderness and provides structure to the batter.
  • Cayenne Pepper: It is a red hot powder made from Capsicum annuum dried peppers, which falls in the same family as bell peppers and jalapeños. It gives a wonderfully robust and spicy flavor.

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Buttermilk: If you can’t find buttermilk, you may substitute it with plain yogurt in the same quantity.
  • Vegetable Oil: I have used canola oil, but you may also use sunflower oil or any neutral oil like grapeseed.
  • Egg: If you want or need to substitute it, you can use a flax egg.
  • Cheddar Cheese: It can be substituted with Cantal, Edam, aged Gouda, or Gruyère cheese.

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles


Can I freeze these waffles?

Yes. Once the waffles are completely cooled, place them into a freezer-friendly bag or container separated by pieces of parchment paper so that they don’t stick together and freeze. When you’re ready to eat them, microwave for a few seconds and enjoy.

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30 mins


These jalapeño cheddar waffles are easy to make and perfect for a savory breakfast or brunch. They also offer a great base to pair with a variety of toppings, including egg, avocado, crispy bacon, sour cream, or salsa!

Yield: 4 waffles


How To Make Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles Step By Step

  1. Preheat the waffle iron.

  2. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.

    Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles Step 1
  3. Add the egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil, shredded cheese, diced jalapeños, and mix well.

    Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles Step 2
  4. Pour and cook the batter according to your waffle iron’s instructions and repeat until all the batter has been used.

    Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles Step 3

    Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles Step 3-2


  • Depending on the size of the waffle iron, the yield may vary.
  • If your batter is too thick, you may add a little bit of buttermilk.