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Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles with Fried Egg

Treat yourself to these scrumptious jalapeño cheddar waffles. Top them with fried egg and start the day right!

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

If you’re more Team Savoury than Team Sweet in the mornings, you’d love these jalapeño cheddar waffles. The waffle batter is packed with sharp cheddar cheese plus spices and diced jalapeños. They have just the right amount of kick to jumpstart your day.

The perfect waffle batter

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

When I shared my recipe for Super Chocolatey Double Chocolate Waffles (Team Sweet, that was for you), I went into a little discussion about what the perfect waffle batter should look like – coarse or smooth.

In the end, I recommend that you follow your waffle iron’s instructions. I have a vertical waffle iron so my batter needs to be smooth so it flows in a steady stream but other machines may require the batter to be thick.

The texture of the batter determines if you end up with crunchy-outside-soft-inside waffles or soggy, rubbery ones so be sure to experiment. If you need smooth – gently stir the batter until smooth and incorporated. If you need coarse – gently stir the batter just until combined.

Jalapeno cheddar waffles

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

Once you have that figured out, all you need to do is decide on the flavour. And these jalapeño cheddar waffles are full of it!

The batter is a basic buttermilk waffle. But then you add sharp cheddar cheese. Then cayenne pepper and paprika. And finally, finely diced jalapeños.

You can choose to eat the waffles on their own but for a truly thrilling breakfast, we put fried eggs on top, sprinkle them with more cheese and jalapeños and, since we just cannot say no to sweets whatever we do, we drizzle them with maple syrup. So. Good.

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How to freeze waffles

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

These waffles freeze beautifully too. All you need to do is place the completely cooled waffles in a large ziploc bag separated by pieces of parchment paper so they don’t stick together. Then put them in the freezer. That’s it!

You don’t need to thaw them if you want one. Just pop it in the microwave for few seconds and you’re done.

Related: Classic Buttermilk Scones

No-Bake Summer Series

This is the fourth instalment in our No-Bake Summer Series. We started with Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse, then our quarterly round-up of Summertime Drinks (almost 100 of them!) and last week we had Bourbon Peach Ice Cream.

Hope you’re enjoying the recipes and, more importantly, summer so far! Make a batch of these jalapeño cheddar waffles this weekend and get out there and enjoy the sun.

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Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

Author: Jolina
Treat yourself to these scrumptious jalapeño cheddar waffles. Top them with fried egg, drizzle with maple syrup, and start the day right!
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine North American
Servings 6 waffles
Calories 536 kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 2 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 pcs large eggs
  • cup canola oil or any vegetable oil
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 pcs jalapeños seeded and finely diced


  • In a large bowl, whisk 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup cornmeal, 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp paprika until combined.
  • In another bowl, whisk 2 1/2 cups buttermilk, 2 eggs and 2/3 cup canola oil until smooth and incorporated. 
  • Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and gently stir until combined (see my notes about this in the post above). Fold 1 cup cheddar cheese and your diced jalapeños (my 2 jalapeños usually equal to about 3/4 cup diced).
  • Cook according to your waffle iron's instructions. Optional: serve each waffle topped with fried egg, sprinkled with cheese and jalapeño slices and drizzled with maple syrup.


Calories: 536kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 12gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 574mgPotassium: 219mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 430IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 257mgIron: 2.3mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

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Rate the Recipe

Sheila Gabura

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Loved these! I separated the eggs and whipped the whites until almost stiff then folded them in the with the cheese and jalapeno. SO GOOD! Than you for this.


Monday 30th of November 2020

That's awesome Sheila! Thanks for the tip :)

Anuradha Mukerji

Friday 24th of April 2020

Really delicious!! Turned out amazing


Monday 27th of April 2020

Glad you liked them Anaradha!

Marisa Franca

Monday 16th of July 2018

I love waffles but not as a breakfast. We just enjoy kicking our tastebuds with something spicy in the morning. The jalapeño cheddar waffles would be perfect. I can almost taste the savory waffles right now. Great recipe to have for a brunch.


Friday 13th of July 2018

How delicious they are! I'd love to make them for my little brother!


Sunday 15th of July 2018

Hope he likes it!

Stephanie Cruz

Thursday 12th of July 2018

Def team savory when it comes to my breakfast but not sure if im able to handle jalapeno. Looks delish though!