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What goes with chili? Here are the best sides to serve with chili, from moist and tender cornbread to crisp salads to sweet potato fries.

Sides to go with chili

Chili is always a hands-down hit in our house. But what goes with chili? Of course there’s the standard choice: cornbread (which let’s not lie, always hits the spot). But outside of that, it’s harder to find a natural choice. Do you try a green salad? Balance a bowl of chili with a plate of something else? What are the best sides for chili?

Here are all our favorite sides to serve with chili! Each one complements the chili with a comforting vibe, or contrasts it with fresh and zingy flavors. This list is especially perfect for entertaining, if you’re hosting a chili night or chili cookoff party.

And now…what to serve with chili!

Chili recipes

Want a chili recipe to go with those sides? Just in case you’re still looking for a favorite, here are all our best chili recipes:

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Mexican cornbread

15 Best Sides to Serve with Chili

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


Here’s the best side to go with chili: cheddar cornbread! This tender, moist easy cornbread recipe will become your new go-to. 


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or 1 for 1 gluten-free flour)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¾ cup Mexican blend cheese
  • 3 tablespoons seeded and minced jalapeño pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 green onion, finely minced


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9″ x 9″ baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Whisk in the eggs, melted butter, and milk until a smooth dough forms. Gently fold in the shredded cheese, chopped jalapeño, chopped bell pepper, and minced green onion. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer with a spatula. 
  4. Bake 25 minutes, until puffed and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then slice into pieces and serve.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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