Popular side dishes for chili include bread, noodles and salad. Cornbread is a favorite side for chili in the Southwest. Biscuits and home-baked loaf bread are also popular. Biscuits can be filled with cheese or jalapeño peppers for variety. A green salad served with zesty dressing is also an option.
Chili can be served over noodles or rice or on the side. Other grains are couscous and quinoa. For desert, sweet corn pudding or fruit empanadas are a good choice to maintain a Southwestern flavor. Toppings for chili can include shredded cheese, chopped onions and tomatoes, avocado slices and sour cream or plain yogurt.