What To Serve With Chili

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Here are my top 30+ ideas for What To Serve With Chili! Plus I’ve added 20 bonus chili toppings ideas! When it comes to hearty and comforting meals, chili undoubtedly reigns supreme. Its rich, spicy, and savory flavors make it a go-to dish for gatherings, game days, or cozy nights in, especially during football season. But what else do you eat with chili?

top down view of a pot of no bean chili

While chili can certainly shine solo, the real touchdown is scored when you pair it with the perfect accompaniments. So, whether you’re a fan of Chili con Carne, Classic Ground Beef Chili, a White Chicken Chili, No Bean Chili or a unique twist on this beloved dish (like my Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac), I have some ideas for the best side dishes for chili all season long. From tried-and-true favorites to innovative and unexpected pairings, get ready to elevate your chili game while you cheer on your team – because let’s be real, the real MVP is what’s on your plate.

close up of bowl of no bean chili

First of all, let’s talk about Chili Toppings

Here’s a list of 20 common chili toppings you can use to enhance the flavor and texture of your favorite chili recipe:

  1. Shredded Cheese (Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack)
  2. Sour Cream
  3. Guacamole
  4. Mexican Street Corn Guacamole
  5. Chopped Fresh Cilantro, Fresh Parsley or Basil
  6. Sliced Fresh Tomatoes
  7. Diced Avocado or Avocado Slices
  8. Diced Red or Green Bell Peppers
  9. Sliced Jalapeños
  10. Sliced Green Onions
  11. Chopped Red Onions
  12. Lime Wedges
  13. Sliced Black Olives
  14. Shredded Lettuce
  15. Hot Sauce
  16. Pico de Gallo
  17. Crumbled Bacon
  18. Crushed Tortilla Chips
  19. Cornbread Croutons
  20. Saltine Crackers

Feel free to mix and match these toppings to create your own unique chili masterpiece! And always be sure to add more chili powder as needed!

white chicken chili on tablescape

What to Serve with Chili (Over 30 Chili Side Dish Ideas!)

Chili pairs wonderfully with a variety of side dishes. Here’s a list of over 30 different side dishes you can serve with a big bowl of chili:

Cornbread: A classic choice, cornbread is a perfect match for soaking up the chili juices. You can make this from a store-bought mix, but I hope you try my homemade cornbread recipe.

Cornbread in cast iron skillet and serving plate

Corn Casserole: Cornbread’s buttery, creamier cousin…corn casserole is another fantastic side dish for chili.

Onion Rings: Contrast your thick and creamy chili with crispy onion rings.

onion rings stack min

Homemade Kettle Chips: Serve a bowl of crispy kettle chips for dipping or crumbling over the chili.

kettle chips on cookie sheet

Baked Potato: A baked potato topped with sour cream, chives, and cheese can be a hearty side. Take it easy and make Air Fryer Baked Potatoes!

Baked potato with butter and scallions

Sweet Potato Fries: My air fryer version still delivers that sweet and savory flavor combo we love in sweet potatoes.

air fryer sweet potato fries on plate with ketchup

French Fries: Try my air fryer french fries or doctored up frozen fries with garlic butter!

air fryer french fries on plate with ketchup

Corn on the Cob: Grilled or boiled corn on the cob adds a sweet contrast to the spicy chili. Many people actually include corn IN their chili, so it’s definitely the perfect side dish.

grilled ear of corn

Coleslaw: Creamy coleslaw is a cool, refreshing side dish that provides contrast to the heat of the chili.

classic coleslaw

Garlic Bread: Toasted garlic bread or garlic knots are a tasty accompaniment.

sliced garlic bread

Green Salad: A simple salad with fresh greens, fruit, and a light vinaigrette can balance the richness of chili.

pear salads with whole pears on counter

Macaroni and Cheese: Creamy mac and cheese is a comforting and indulgent side.

Spoonful of Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Crescent Rolls – This no-knead recipe with knock the socks off your guests, especially when served with your famous chili!

holding one crescent roll

Cucumber Salad: A cucumber salad with dill and vinegar is a great way to provide a refreshing contrast.

top view of Cucumber Salad in jar

Quesadillas: Cheesy quesadillas with a side of salsa and guacamole are a hit with chili.

chicken quesadilla triangles with shredded lettuce and lime wedge

Chips and Salsa: A selection of tortilla chips and various salsas can be a great appetizer or delicious side dish.

fresh-salsa with chips

Biscuits: Flaky biscuits make for a comforting side dish and a fun twist if you don’t have cornbread. If you’re in a hurry, take help from the store and try my garlic and herb Pull-Apart Biscuits.

Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Biscuits

Potato Salad: A classic potato salad with a creamy dressing can be a satisfying side.

close up of deviled egg potato salad

Pretzel Dogs: Chili and hot dogs are basically a married couple. Add in the salty pretzel and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

pretzel dogs on a cooling wrack with ketchup and mustard

Roasted Vegetables: Roasted or grilled vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and asparagus can add a healthy touch to your meal.

Baked Asparagus

Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes with roasted garlic are a comforting choice.

bowl of garlic mashed potatoes

Pickles: These can add a zesty and tangy element to your chili meal.

pouring pickling liquid over cucumbers

Broccoli Salad: Crunchy and cold broccoli salad compliments chili by providing a contrast in texture and offering a cooling effect.

broccoli salad in a serving bowl with spoon

Fruit Salad: A refreshing fruit salad can be a light and fruity side option.

A bowl of fruit salad

Rice: White rice or brown rice is a great side dish that compliments chili nicely.

Homemade Bread Bowls: Give your chili a creative presentation by serving it a homemade bread bowl! It can make a boring bowl of chili feel special and can be a great option for parties.

bread bowl

Choose a combination of these side dishes based on your preferences and the occasion, and you’ll have a delicious and satisfying chili meal. Want to have a real crowd pleaser? Set up a chili bar for you next chili night and offer a variety of different toppings and side dishes to compliment your main dish – CHILI!

If you make these recipes, I would really appreciate it if you would give them a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

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