Chili is one of those easy meals that can be made pretty quickly and seems to get even better as it sits in the fridge for a day or two. Chili is a no brainer meal to serve my family because it’s meaty and I can hide vegetables in it so I know my family is getting a healthy meal. Yet sometimes, I’m at a loss for what to serve with chili. Cornbread is a popular choice but chili tastes good with so many things and the leftovers have so many possibilities.
After making a batch of my favorite Instant Pot Paleo Chili I was brainstorming ways to serve it and I put together this list of what goes with chili. I rounded up some delicious sides for chili along with a few serving ideas for chili because the leftovers may even better than the original dish!
Basic Ways to Serve Chili
Whether you have a full-on chili bar or plan to keep things pretty simple with just a chili dog, here are some of the most popular toppings and pairings for chili:
shredded cheese (cheddar cheese or parmesan cheese)
bread, cornbread, rolls – some sort of bread
Frito chili pie (I had never heard of this until I lived in Oklahoma!)
a green salad
green onions or scallions
No matter how you serve it, chili is just a great way to warm your tummy on a cold day. Dig up your favorite chili recipes (or use mine that I linked above) and add some new chili sides to your meal plan for the week!
This Honey Jalapeno Mexican Cornbread Recipe recipe will have you asking for seconds in no time! It's a quick and simple one, so it'll be done before you know it. The best part? You probably already have all the ingredients on hand - just grab them from your pantry or fridge now to get started!
Did you know that guacamole is one of the best sides for chili? This delicious creamy, zesty, slightly chunky guacamole dip is super quick and easy to prepare. With just 5 key ingredients, you can throw it together in under 10 minutes.
You can never go wrong with sweet potatoes! Simple and quick to make, these delicious sweet potato cakes - similar to sweet potato fries - make for a wonderful addition to any meal. Pan fried for a crispy outside and soft and fluffy in the middle.
These crunchy cornmeal waffles are the perfect base for your favorite chili recipe. Add a scoop of chili and top with your favorite chili toppings (don't forget the green onions!). Perfect for those cold winter nights.
Chili on a baked potato is the best comfort food! Air Fryer Baked Potatoes turn out so light and fluffy inside and perfectly crispy on the outside. Top them with a scoop of chili, cheese and a bit of sour cream for an amazing dinner.
My Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad recipe borrows the incredible flavors of elote, complete with the creamy sauce, fresh lime, cilantro, and crumbly cotija cheese ~ it’s perfect for serving with chili.
Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!
When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.