What Goes Well with Cornbread: Top 7 Dishes to Make with Cornbread

Cornbread is, as the name implies, a type of bread made with or containing cornmeal. There’s not a single specific way of cooking cornbread, as there are many varieties out there, but they all taste relatively similar.

Despite the similarities, countries and cultures who enjoy this kind of bread often eat them with completely different kinds of meals, making it a rather versatile dish and explaining its popularity.

So what goes well with cornbread?​

In this article, we talk about some of the best dishes to accompany with corn bread so you can broaden your culinary experiences by enjoying this bread in as many ways as possible.


What Goes Well with Cornbread?

1. Chili

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Chili is one of the most popular dishes to eat with cornbread and with good reason. The acid / spicy combination of chili goes perfectly with the sweet taste of cornbread, mixing in a way that surely will delight you.

This doesn’t apply only to chili, as other dishes, such as beans and certain stews, work just as well.

Related article: How To Freeze Chili.

2. Buttered Vegetables

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Buttered and steamed veggies tend to go well with everything and the same applies with cornbread, though it goes best with cornbread that isn’t too sweet.

The creamy texture of the vegetables will work great with the bread, though if you want to get technical both things are side dishes, so you’re going to have to choose another dish in order to assemble an entire meal.

3. BBQ

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The cornbread purists of the world might say that cornbread only goes with with southern BBQ but cornbread actually goes well with most types of BBQ, even ones made in other parts of the world.

This is because of the wonderful contrast between the sweet yet savory taste of the bread and the smoky, spicy flavors of the BBQ sauce.

Combining both foods leaves you with a hearty, delicious meal that will give you all the energy you need for a hard day’s work.

4. Pork

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Pulled pork, roasted pork, cochinita pibil and so on.

It hardly matters how you’re cooking it, as pork always goes great with cornbread.

We’re still using cornbread as a side dish here but if you want to get creative, you can use cornbread to cook delicious sliders, to make mouth-watering crusts and even create an entire casserole.

The sky is the limit!

5. Chicken

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Chicken is rarely served with cornbread but that doesn’t mean both meals don’t go well together.

There are two main ways you can eat cornbread and chicken;

By cooking a creamy or savory chicken with enough sauce to need the cornbread or by using both foods as ingredients for another dish, like a casserole, a pie and even tiny chicken salad sandwiches.

As with the pork, there’s plenty you can do to bring new flavors to the table. You just need to use your creativity.

But what if you don’t want to eat cornbread at lunch or dinner? What if you’d prefer to use this bread as a dessert instead?

Well, you’re in luck because cornbread also goes well with:

6. Ice Cream

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In Mexico, cornbread is often served as a dessert, to the point that it is served almost exclusively as one.

Serving cornbread with corn ice cream (yes, that is a thing) is the most popular combination but corn ice cream isn’t exactly easy to find.

The next best thing, and perhaps the only substitute to this ice cream that exists, is vanilla ice cream so go ahead and try this new and, frankly delicious, combination.

7. Butter and Jam

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No matter how you spin it, cornbread is bread and, as long as you’re not eating a particularly salty one, bread always goes well with butter and jam.

Related article: How to melt butter?​

Very sweet jams can overwhelm the flavor of the cornbread so using fig, raspberry or apricot jam is a good way of counteracting this.

Alternatively, you can use low in sugar jams to let the natural sweetness of the flavor come to life.


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As you can see, there are many things you can eat with cornbread. Many of which are not only delicious but a nice change from your routine.

So next time you’re going to a BBQ or a party, or next time you simply find yourself in possession of too much cornbread, keep in mind these foods.

Did you enjoy this article? Did you found it useful? Do you know of any other dishes that go great with cornbread?

Let us know in the comments!

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Emma Claire

I’m Emma, and I’m absolutely in love with food blogs. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of 3 kids, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

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