Forget Taco Bell: 7 Savory Ways to Eat Waffles at Home

You may have heard that Taco Bell recently began testing a breakfast Waffle Taco at a few locations in Southern California. I haven't tried it and — being an admitted fast-food snob — probably never will, but I can understand the appeal. Hot, crisp, chewy waffles aren't just made for maple syrup or fruit. Pair them with cheese, chives, fried chicken, a runny egg, or even chili, and you have a plate of waffles ready for a savory brunch or even dinner.

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Ham-and-Cheese Waffles at Bon Appetit

Some of these recipes mix ingredients like cheese, herbs, cornmeal and ham into the waffle batter for extra flavor and crunch. Others stick with a straightforward breakfast waffle and add savory ingredients like eggs and salsa on top. But arguably the best way to enjoy a savory waffle is with a little maple syrup, as in the classic combination of fried chicken and waffles. The marriage of salty, sweet and crunchy can't be beat.

Do you have any favorite recipes for savory waffles?

(Images: Joy the Baker; Amy Bites; Apples & Onions; Romulo Yanes/Bon Appetit; Love & Lemons; Pinch of Yum; Nora Singley)

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