Super Sunday Chili with Cornmeal Waffles

A delicious colorful chili recipe, perfect for any Sunday night football event.

We would load up the yellow Cutlass Supreme station wagon and pick blackberries during blackberry season or spring onions during spring onion season.  For us, food was the fabric of our day. ~Mario Batali

chili waffle recipe

WOW, get ready football fans.  It’s the happiest time of the year for us. This game will be especially exciting as two coaches as well as brothers, John and Jim Harbaugh, will square off against each other for Super Bowl XLVII.

This game brings friends and families together for a celebration.  So why not make Super Sunday Chili with Cornmeal Waffles. It is a sure fired comfort food that will feed a crowd and warm you up from the wintry weather in many parts of our country.

chili recipe ingredients

So let’s get started by gathering our ingredients for the chili portion of the recipe.  I chose ground chuck for the meat.  Chuck meat has a more robust flavor than sirloin or round.  The additional fat will also enhance the finished product.  Be sure to use fresh spices (under a year old) for the best possible flavor.  Finally, for ease, I chose to use canned beans rather than dried.  This will give more time for the party preparations. Phew, who doesn’t need more time.

The meat is browned over medium high heat in a 5 qt. pot or dutch oven.  When you are done remove the meat to a plate.  The bottom of the pot will have good carmelization from the browning.

chili recipe carmelization

Add the peppers, onions and garlic to the pot.  Stir to scrap up all the nutty bits on the bottom of the pot. Add the herbs and sauté to release all their aromatic flavors.

chili recipe diced peppers

Stir in the remaining ingredients and return the beef to the pan.  Simmer for one hour.

chili recipe finished product

Serve the chili over cornmeal waffles for a fun dish. See cornmeal waffles recipe.

Note: This recipe may easily be doubled.

Garnishes: Some of my favorite toppings for chili are grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped scallions, avocado and diced red onion.  Have fun with this and use your favorites.

This recipe has a mild heat level. To add more heat you can stir in extra chili powder jut before serving.

If you still want to add more spice, you can add diced chili peppers to the pot when you add the tomato paste. A good source of information regarding chili peppers can be found at The Black Peppercorn.

Super Sunday Chili with Cornmeal Waffles Recipe

chili waffle recipe

By Patricia Rio Published: January 29, 2013

  • Super Sunday Chili with Cornmeal Waffles
    1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)
  • Yield: 9 cups (6 Servings)
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Ready In: 1 hr 30 mins

Colorful chili with three types of pepper and black beans.



  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add ground chuck and season with kosher slt and black pepper. Brown the meat, breaking it up into small chunks as it cooks. Remove the meat from the pot.
  2. Add the remaining olive oil and reduce the heat to medium. Add the peppers, onion and garlic and saute until golden brown. Stir in the spices and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, beef stock, tomato paste and cocoa powder.
  4. Add the rinsed and drained black beans as well as the browned ground chuck. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook partially covered for 1 hour.
Patricia Rio
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