Churro Waffles with Chorizo and Chile Mezcal Maple Syrup

"These churro chorizo waffles gleam with cinnamon sugar. Add a fabulous maple syrup with a touch of smoke, by way of Mezcal, and some ancho chile powder. Trust me. This brunch will not be forgotten." #waffles #chorizo #mexicanfood

“These churro waffles with chorizo gleam with cinnamon sugar. Add a fabulous maple syrup with a touch of smoke, by way of Mezcal, and some ancho chile powder. Trust me. This brunch will not be forgotten.”

It began on a cold and snowy Saturday night. We found ourselves craving dinner and not knowing where to go, or what we desired. Pulling into a recently opened Mexican restaurant that looked pure dive on the outside, we were greeted with a more pleasant inside. After perusing the menu I ordered a chipotle shrimp dish that with the first bite seemed quite good. It was the second bite that bit me. Chipotle heaven but my mouth was in hell. I can usually handle spicy, but this was way beyond that. After scraping off the sauce, everything became a bit more manageable. Our sweet waitress after noticing what was going on asked if I wanted a churro, a sweet cinnamon sugar churro, where upon Manservant said he was really ready to get home. Bye, bye churro.


Later that night one of my favorite bloggers, posted a recipe for churro waffles which triggered something not very deep within, and I began thinking about breakfast. Realizing I had some cooked leftover chorizo in the fridge I decided that churro waffles were meant to be. After all cinnamon sugar is in my blood. As a wee one it was a common item on the “the sick meal” plate. Buttered toast with probably margarine, topped with cinnamon sugar, some Mott’s apple sauce, and a glass of Nestle’s Quik were usually on said plate. What can I say? It must have worked because I’m still here!

After looking at Tieghan’s recipe I decided to make a more grown up waffle, though nothing was wrong with the original. I had chorizo to use up and what a perfect place to put it. This recipe is a basic buttermilk waffle; add  a pinch of cinnamon and chorizo and it moves to the intermediate flavor level. Yet, it was the maple syrup with Sombra Mezcal and ancho chile powder that put this glistening, gleaming churro waffle into the sublime category. And as for the mezcal; it isn’t for everyone and usually not for me, but Manservant loves the stuff! Frankly when I taste it, it tastes like drinking a bonfire. However that smoky goodness goes a long way in maple syrup. It doesn’t take much to add heaps of flavor, which was part of my plan. Manservant was grateful that I only used  a touch, after all, his bottle is getting low! Good thing Father’s Day’s coming!

Enjoy this waffle for Cinco de Mayo or enjoy it for Mother’s Day. Just enjoy it. I know we sure did!

"These churro chorizo waffles gleam with cinnamon sugar. Add a fabulous maple syrup with a touch of smoke, by way of Mezcal, and some ancho chile powder. Trust me. This brunch will not be forgotten." #waffles #chorizo #mexicanfood

I just made a new Pinterest board for all of my Mexican inspired creations. Follow along as I add more all the time.

More inspirations:
Fresh Strawberry Crepes               Easy Green Chile Egg Souffle            Belgian Liege Waffles


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yield: 12 Waffles (Depending on your waffle maker)Author: Abbe Odenwalderprint recipe

Churro Chorizo Waffles with Chile Mezcal Maple Syrup

These churro chorizo waffles gleam with cinnamon sugar. Add a fabulous maple syrup with a touch of smoke, by way of Mezcal, and some ancho chile powder. Trust me. This brunch will not be forgotten.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 40 mins


  • 2 c buttermilk (I keep dry buttermilk on hand or you can mix 2 T white vinegar into 2 c milk)
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 T butter, melted
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 8 oz good chorizo, cooked, crumbled and fat blotted well
  • 1 T cinnamon or more depending on how strong you want
  • 1/2 to 3/4 c sugar
  • 4-8 T melted butter for brushing on waffles

Ancho Chile, Mezcal Maple Syrup

  • 3/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 t ancho chile powder or more if you want
  • 1 t mezcal


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, 6 T melted butter, vanilla and brown sugar.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir until combined.
  3. Add in cooked chorizo. Make sure you have blotted it well.
  4. Allow batter to sit 10 minutes. Make cinnamon sugar on a flat plate so you can dip your waffle.
  5. Heat waffle iron. My waffle iron uses a heaping 1/4 c of dough. I can bake 2 at a time and they took about 90 seconds to 2 minutes.
  6. After they are cooked, brush each side with melted butter. While still moist, dip each one into cinnamon sugar mixture on both sides. Serve with warmed chile maple syrup.

Mezcal Chile Maple Syrup

  1. To make maple syrup:I use a glass measuring cup.
  2. Swish the 1 t mezcal in measuring cup and pour the rest back into bottle. Or leave it in if you like a lot of smoke. Add chile powder and maple syrup. Whisk together. Before serving heat in microwave for about 1 minute. Watch carefully so it doesn’t boil over.


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  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    May 10, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    My mother used to make toast with butter and cinnamon sugar too 🙂 What a delicious idea for waffles, Abbe!! I can taste them already.

  • Juliana
    May 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    This is such an interesting recipe Abbe, chorizo in waffles? I like the idea of the savory in the sweet base churro waffles…
    Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    May 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    We never heard of chorizo waffles before but they look amazing! And that maple syrup looks to die for! ….can't wait to try this recipe! Have a great week Abbe!

  • Tricia Buice
    May 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Wow Abbe this is inspired! What a terrific brunch item. My husband would flip for these waffles – and I bet I would love them too!

  • Ritu Ahuja
    May 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Wow!! It's such a wonderful dish with beautiful flavors. Love these waffles. I have to try it soon. 🙂

  • Chris Scheuer
    May 6, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    It looks like your inspiration turned out to be wonderful!

  • Cecilia
    May 6, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    What a great waffle recipe, I will try it. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  • Mae Travels
    May 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    That's a very appealing flavor combo!

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  • Bacon Fatte
    May 6, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Loving all the happy, sweet, cruncy, waffle-y goodness going on here, Abbe! What a great recipe!

  • Sippity Sup
    May 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    We had the same sickbed food as kids, Buttered toast with probably margarine, topped with cinnamon sugar". My mom stuck it under the broiler for a brulee effect! These churro waffles hit all those buttons and more. GREG

  • Doreen Simpson
    May 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    What gorgeous breakfast or lunch… lovely Abbe ♥

  • Amy (Savory Moments)
    May 5, 2017 at 11:25 am

    OMG these waffles look seriously amazing! I'd love these for any meal of the day. Pinning. Trying. For sure.

  • Pamela @BrooklynFarmGirl
    May 5, 2017 at 9:23 am

    This combination looks delicious!

  • Healthy World Cuisine
    May 5, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Love the savory, spicy and sweet combo of this delicious breakfast. I can imagine it is just heavenly. Just pinned!

  • Caroline Williams
    May 5, 2017 at 12:33 am

    What an interesting combination, sounds delicious!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    May 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    OMG DEAD. THIS. Whoa baby! Meat and cinnamon are so so so so so good together – this just blew my taste buds out of the water!

  • Liz Berg
    May 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    You are becoming my new "go-to" gal for all things Mexican and Tex-Mex. Wow these jazzed up waffles sound incredible! P.S. Cinnamon toast was my childhood comfort food—perfect for us Midwest kids!

  • Denise Browning
    May 4, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Holy moly! These waffles scream delicious fiesta all the way.

  • Angie Schneider
    May 4, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Churro batter with chorizo ,and then that spicy sweet syrup…that's a very unique yet delicious combo, Abbe.

  • beyondkimchee
    May 4, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    This is like sweet and savory in one. I never heard of chorizo waffles before and it looks like something I should try someday. Beautiful!

  • Lavender and Lime (
    May 4, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I also cannot handle food when the heat overpowers the flavour. You waffles sound like a great brunch idea Abbe 🙂

  • Jeff
    May 4, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Wow! I never expected to come across chorizo waffles and meal syrup! Nice!

  • mjskit
    May 4, 2017 at 2:39 am

    You definitely enacted the creative process in coming up with this dish! Great thinking! I love everything about this – the sweetness, the spiciness, and just the overall goodness. YUM!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      May 4, 2017 at 5:05 am

      Don't know where it came from, but I did have churros on the brain. I love using bourbon in maple syrup so thought I's try this!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    May 4, 2017 at 12:53 am

    That maple syrup looks like dynamite! Really inspired stuff. The waffles look pretty darn good, too. Olé!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      May 4, 2017 at 5:04 am

      It was awesome! Funny how just a touch of something changes the whole dish! I think this will be one we make fairly often!

  • Pam
    May 4, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Interesting! Sounds really good with chorizo, unique for sure. But the mezcal, not so sure about that, but I'd give it a try. Ah, cinnamon sugar—glad you're still here as I wouldn't have seen this post! Just kidding, Abbe! ?

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      May 4, 2017 at 5:04 am

      Don't knock it 'til you've tried it Pam! You may just want to tip a few!