So, I'll admit, waffles and chili are a bit unorthodox for a first post of a blog entitled "Woking in LA," but everyone has to start somewhere. (And to be fair, I did use a wok. Proof below.) And while I'm admitting things, I might as well inform you, the reader, that football isn't really my thing. If you want to curse me for not painting my face and cursing at my TV screen, you can take it up with my parents. However, just because I'm not enthralled with the game, doesn't mean I can't get into the event. Another confession: most teens will use the Superbowl as an excuse to party; today, I used the Superbowl as an excuse to cook.
- 2 cups All-Purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped jalapenos (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon jalapeno juice (or to taste)
In my waffles, I used sliced jalapenos in a jar and then cut them up, but if you have access to fresh or whole jalapenos, do not hesitate to use them. Once your batter is thoroughly mixed, let sit for 5 to 10 minutes as you pre-heat your waffle iron.
Because of the oil in the batter, you shouldn't need to oil or spray your waffle iron. However, if you feel uncomfortable with this, I won't tell anyone if you do spritz a little oil on your iron. Cook waffles according to your waffle iron's instructions, or to your desired crispiness. Because I was planning to only serve one quarter of the waffle with the chili, I cooked the waffles in separated 1/4ths. If you want to cook a whole waffle and slice them into 1/4ths, I'm perfectly fine with allowing you to do so.
25 Minute Chili
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- jalapenos or poblanos, seeded and chopped, to taste
- 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (16 oz) red kidney beans, drained
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- garnish: sour cream, shredded Mexican cheese (or preferred), green onion, etc
Plate your waffle and put a nice helping of the chili on top. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of cheese, and a few slices of green onion. Enjoy!