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What to Serve with Cornbread

Cornbread is a traditional southern comfort food classic we all know and love. With a soft and tender center with the coveted crispy golden edges, it is a delicious and handy side dish that compliments so many other sides and mains. My favorite cornbread recipe is made in a cast iron skillet and is ready in just 5 minutes!

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What wonderful dishes to serve with cornbread?

With a dish so delicious and quick to make it’s one we love to use on busy weeknights, and maybe you’re the same! One of the things we love about cornbread is that there are never any unused leftovers!

You can eat a slice of cornbread on its own with a slather of butter, or as a side dish to compliment other main and side dishes. Cornbread can be crumbled into cornbread dressing or made into cornbread muffins and cornbread casserole.

If you’ve ever wondered what to serve with cornbread, look no further! We’ve made this amazing list with some of our favorite entrees, like fried chicken, and other sides that will elevate your cornbread side dish to the next level! These 20 delectable dishes pair perfectly with any type of cornbread for a comforting and crowd-pleasing, southern-inspired meal.

To start the list off we have some classic chili recipes, warming soups, and other comforting mince dishes. They all work so well with cornbread as their flavorful juices and excess of liquid can be soaked up by cornbread!

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1. Chili

Of course, chili is a classic dish to serve with cornbread. Because of this though, you might be asking, what goes with cornbread besides chili? To answer that question, just continue reading the list!

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2. White Chili Chicken

Yes, another chili recipe, but trust me, if you haven’t tried white chicken chili and cornbread yet then add it to your list! Creamy goodness, tender chicken, sweet corn, beans and more!

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3. Santa Fe Soup

Bursting with bold southwest flavors this soup is taken to the next level when served with cornbread! You can serve cornbread on the side with honey and butter or crumble it up into the soup for one irresistible bowl of comfort.

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4. Cowboy Soup

This soup is packed with healthy veggies, creamy beans, warm broth, and lean ground beef. It’s a bowl of ultimate comfort food and is only made better by a side of buttery cornbread!

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5. Goulash

This American Goulash is another classic comfort food filled with flavorful ground beef, tomatoes, and macaroni noodles.

6. Mexican Quinoa Stew

You can’t go wrong with jalapenos, tomatoes, beans, cumin, salt, quinoa, cilantro and spices in this stew!

These vegetable salads and sides with southern roots also work wonderfully with the sweet and savory flavor of cornbread.

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7. Succotash

This is a 30-minute one-pot wonder, filled with sweetcorn, lima beans, cherry tomatoes, and all sorts of other healthy veggies!

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8. Collard Greens

Cornbread and collard greens with ham hocks go so well together to make a traditional satisfying southern comforting dinner!

9. Baked Beans

Baked beans and cornbread is a classic flavor combination. Sweet tomato, tasty BBQ, and smokey bacon?! You don’t have to tell me twice. Perfect for a weeknight family meal or at your next BBQ.

10. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

This is the stuff of southern dreams, creamed corn is an amazing comfort food side dish that goes perfectly with cornbread!

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11. Charro Beans

Filled with pinto beans, tomatoes, green chili, bacon and all sorts of other wonderful ingredients, this Mexican side is a favorite of mine and works so well with the sweet and savory flavors of cornbread!

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12. Homemade Honey Butter

Creamy butter, sweet honey and a pinch of salt – delicious on cornbread as it enhances its flavors to make it a real sweet treat!

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13. Pulled Pork

This classic juicy pork main is so delicious and, of course, tastes so good with cornbread!

14. Pork Carnitas

Simple but delicious, crispy pork carnitas are so delicious in a variety of ways. In wraps, tacos or in a salad bowl this authentic Mexican meat dish works so well with cornbread too!

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15. Sloppy Joes

Classic American comfort can be summed up in this meal. Juicy, tomatoey, richly seasoned, it’s perfect in a bun and also amazing with a side of cornbread!

16. Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs

BBQ ribs are perfect for family gatherings in the summer, but this recipe doesn’t require you to stand by the BBQ for hours! Serve with cornbread for a truly delicious southern comfort meal!

17. Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf is another classic comforting main that is perfect for the whole family that goes great with cornbread. It has juicy mince on the inside with a sweet and tangy tomato glaze on top!

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18. Crockpot Ham

This Crockpot Ham is cooked in pineapple juice and has a delicious brown sugar glaze. Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey pair wonderfully with the sweetness of cornbread to make an amazing meal.

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19. Thanksgiving Turkey

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning The Turkey. Thanksgiving turkey is one of the most loved entrees in America, and celebrating Thanksgiving with said roasted turkey and a side of cornbread is the tradition of traditions. However, a roast chicken would also be an amazing entree for a cornbread side dish, there’s just nothing quite like a juicy roast bird paired with the sweet and savory flavors of cornbread!

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20. Chicken Pot Pie

This classic comfort food dish has a crispy, flaky, buttery crust. Bursting with tender chicken and veggies in a rich cheese sauce it’s a definite family favorite.

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Any of these dishes will pair perfectly with the buttery flavor of cornbread for one hearty and comforting southern-inspired meal.

Looking for more side dish ideas? Check out Sides for MeatballsSide Dishes for Enchiladas, Quiche Side Dishes, and Sides for Ratatouille.

What to Serve with Cornbread

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