West Texas Chili on Cornbread Waffles for Voldemort

I started using a new mascara recently which apparently turns to ash and rains onto the gutters under my eyes, so that each time I find a mirror throughout the day I startle at the face of Voldemort who also happens to be me. Or maybe I really am that tired. This is a morbid way of introducing tonight’s dinner, but I’ve read too much Cormac McCarthy to not associate villains with West Texas. And now I’ll think of Voldemort each time I make a cornbread waffle. Avada kedavra, or Bon appetit.

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West Texas Chili

Adapted from Penzeys Spices

1 lb. ground beef, browned

1 lb. pork sausage, browned

1 tsp. ground chipotle powder

1 tsp. ancho chili powder

2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 16-oz. can tomato sauce

1 12-oz. can tomato paste

1 pint (2 Cups) diced fresh tomatoes

20 small-medium jalapeños peppers, diced (use as many as you are comfortable with, discard cores, stems and seeds)

1 medium onion, chopped

5 mild chili peppers, diced (Anaheims, poblanos and/or banana peppers are great)

1 tsp. Fajita seasoning

In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and pork sausage. Drain well. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for at least an hour. Serve over cornmeal waffles.

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Cornmeal Waffles

3 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 Cups cornmeal

2 TB. baking powder

2 tsp. sugar

4 Cups milk

6 TB. olive oil

4 large eggs                         

In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients. Add the milk, oil and eggs. Mix completely. Pour the batter onto a hot Belgian or regular waffle iron. Cook according to your waffle maker’s instructions. Set each on a baking rack in the oven on low to keep them a little crispy.

To be clear, there is nothing sinister about this dinner, or West Texas for that matter. These were delicious, and I snacked on the extra cornbread waffles for days afterwards–full of flavor.

5 thoughts on “West Texas Chili on Cornbread Waffles for Voldemort

  1. I feel like I missed the make-up tutorial class – I always end up smearing whatever is on my face all over like a five-year-old forgetting about their facepaint. I’m just going to own it from now on. Also, those waffles are beauteous – what kind of waffle iron do you have?

    1. Hmmmm…. we got it for our wedding some seven years ago. It’s a rotatey circle shaped thing with a handle that looks like a throttle. I think it’s a cuisinart– not fancy. But faithful. (a metaphor)

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