If you’re wondering what to serve with chili, we’ve got you covered!

These side dishes are perfect for your homemade chili recipe! From classic cornbread to cheesy potatoes, you’ll find something that everyone in your family will love.

Each dish is simple to make and full of flavor, so you can enjoy a delicious meal without any hassle. Plus, all the ingredients are fresh, so you can feel good about what you’re serving. Don’t wait another minute – get cooking and make the perfect meal!

Table of Contents
  1. The Best Side Dishes for Chili
  2. Macaroni and Cheese
  3. Baked Potato or Sweet Potato
  4. Sweet Cornbread
  5. Roasted Vegetables
  6. Corn on the Cob
  7. Baked Beans
  8. Garlic Bread
  9. Green Salad
  10. Rice
  11. Quick and Easy Chili Cheese Fries
  12. Biscuits
  13. Tortilla Chips
  14. More Toppings to Serve With Chili
  15. Easy Chili-Friendly Rice Pilaf Recipe
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The Best Side Dishes for Chili

Chili is hearty and spicy and we love to serve it with either a fresh side dish or something cheesy. Another great choice for chili and other recipes that are saucy is carbs like rice or potatoes.

Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese is always a crowd pleaser and a great way to add a cheesy element to your chili. The creamy texture and cheesy flavor are so yummy topped with chili.

The creamy texture of the macaroni and cheese helps to balance out the spiciness of the chili, and the cheese adds a unique flavor to the meal.

Baked Potato or Sweet Potato

Baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes are a classic side dish to serve with chili. The creamy texture of the potato works well with the heartiness of the chili and the potatoes can be topped with cheese and sour cream for added flavor.

Sweet Cornbread

Sweet cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to chili. The sweetness of the cornbread helps to balance the spiciness of the chili and the texture of the cornbread adds a unique crunch to the meal.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are a great way to add some extra flavor and nutrition to your chili. Roasting the vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and adds a unique flavor to the meal.

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a great side dish to chili. The sweetness of the corn helps to balance out the spiciness of the chili and the crunch of the corn adds a unique texture to the meal.

Baked Beans

Baked beans are a classic side dish to chili. The sweetness of the beans helps to balance out the spiciness of the chili and the creaminess of the beans adds a unique flavor to the meal.

Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is a great side dish to chili. The garlic adds a unique flavor to the chili and the crunch of the bread helps to balance out the spiciness of the chili.

HOW TO: Cut a loaf of french bread in half lengthwise. Spread a thick layer of garlic butter on the bread and bake it at 400°F for 8-10 minutes.

Green Salad

Green salads are a great way to add some extra nutrition to your chili. The crispness of the salad helps to balance out the spiciness of the chili and the vegetables add a unique flavor to the meal.

Rice

Rice is a great side dish to chili. The texture of the rice helps to balance out the spiciness of the chili and the rice can be topped with cheese and sour cream for added flavor.

Quick and Easy Chili Cheese Fries

Fries or sweet potato fries are a great side dish with chili! This is a great side dish to chili that is simple and fast to make. All you need are frozen french fries, chili, cheese, and your favorite toppings.

HOW TO: Preheat the oven to 375°F and spread frozen french fries on a baking sheet. Bake until crisp, about 15-20 minutes. Top with hot chili and shredded cheese and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the fries are crispy. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Biscuits

Biscuits are a great side dish to chili. The crunch of the biscuit helps to balance out the spiciness of the chili and the biscuit can be topped with cheese and sour cream for added flavor.

Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips are a great side dish to chili. The crunch of the chips helps to balance out the spiciness of the chili and the chips can be topped with cheese and sour cream for added flavor.

More Toppings to Serve With Chili

  • Tortilla Chips – Tortilla chips are a classic side dish to serve with chili. They provide a crunchy texture and a great way to scoop up the chili.
  • Cheese – Cheese is a great way to add some creaminess to your chili. It melts into the chili and adds a delicious flavor.
  • Avocado – Avocado is a great way to add some creaminess to your chili. Its mild flavor pairs well with the spicy chili.
  • Pinto Beans – Pinto beans are a great way to add some protein to your chili. The creamy texture of the beans pairs well with the chili.
  • Corn – Corn is a great way to add some sweetness to your chili. It pairs well with the savory flavor of the chili and adds a crunchy texture.
  • Sour Cream – Sour cream is a great way to add some creaminess to your chili. The tangy flavor pairs well with the spiciness of the chili.
  • Jalapeno – Jalapeno is a great way to add some heat to your chili. The spicy flavor pairs perfectly with the savory chili.
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Seasoned Rice to Serve with Chili

This simple rice pilaf is the perfect side dish to serve with chili. It takes only 10 minutes to make and requires minimal ingredients, making it an ideal accompaniment for a busy weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author I Don’t Have Time For That

Equipment

1 saucepan

Ingredients  

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ⅓ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas optional
  • 2 cups instant rice like minute rice
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

Instructions 

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Stir in broth and peas; Stir. Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in the instant rice and cover.
  • Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in cilantro and fluff with a fork.

Notes

Water can be used in place of broth but the recipe won’t be as flavorful.
Add extra vegetables to your liking, cooked bell pepper and onions are great additions.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 454IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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