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What To Serve With Beans And Cornbread – 13 Tasty Sides

If you’re wondering what to serve with your beans and cornbread, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for beans and cornbread.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with beans and cornbread are pulled pork, corn dogs, creamy coleslaw, or Caesar salad. Other veggie options include corn ribs or collard greens. Other meat options include fried chicken or pork chops. Sour cream and guacamole are great if you want something cooling.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Collard greens

Heartwarming beans and cornbread is already a delicious meal, but it’s missing some veggies.

And sticking with the Southern theme, you have to serve collard greens.

These tangy garlicky collard greens will add color and brightness to your plate, as well as lots of nutrients. 

You can’t go wrong with following this recipe for collard greens.

BBQ pulled pork 


Looking for something meaty to beef up your beans and cornbread? 

BBQ pulled pork is a tasty addition to any meal. 

Make a batch for dinner, and save the leftovers for a breakfast that’s guaranteed to satisfy any growling stomach. 

This Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork has an irresistible sweet and tangy sauce that will leave you licking your fingers.

Corn ribs

If you’re getting bored of corn on the cob, switch it up by making corn ribs.

They’re smaller strips of corn, which are covered in flavorings of your choice, and then baked in the oven. 

You can customize them however you want – spicy, creamy, buttery – you decide. And they’re so much easier to eat than traditional corn on the cob. 

These smokey corn ribs will add some crunch to the beans and cornbread.

Creamy coleslaw

Coleslaw is the perfect creamy side for beans and cornbread.

The mayo-based dressing helps mellow out the deep flavors of the beans and adds a refreshing, cooling texture. 

Courtney’s coleslaw recipe is so easy you’ll have it down in no time.

Psst… make enough so your guests can go back for seconds.

BBQ chicken skewers

These chicken skewers will turn your cornbread and beans into a satisfying meal. 

The beer and honey glaze gives them a sweet but savory flavor. And the beer helps to tenderize the meat so it stays nice and juicy when you cook it. 

And if you feel like you need some veggies, stick them on the skewers in between the bits of chicken. 

Check out jo cooks for this mouthwatering recipe.

Sour cream

Sour cream is a traditional accompaniment to beans and sour cream.

It’s not a substantial side, but it’s great when all you want is a little something extra to tie the dish together.

You can buy sour cream from the store, but it’s surprisingly easy to make your own at home if you already have the ingredients on hand.

Looking for a vegan version?

Follow this guide to make your own 5-ingredient vegan sour cream

Spicy fried chicken

You’ve got beans, you’ve got cornbread, now you need some fried chicken

This spicy fried chicken is juicy, crunchy, and has a kick of heat to it to keep things interesting.

You can use the chicken to mop up all the sauce from the beans and then have a bite of cornbread to cleanse your palate.

Check out two cups flour to make some super tasty buttermilk fried chicken.

Caesar salad

Beans and cornbread can be a pretty heavy meal. A side salad will add some freshness without making the meal too filling or rich.

Any green salad would work, but I like caesar salad.

It’s an easy crowd-pleaser. 

This classic caesar salad recipe is basic, but you can always add in some extras like bacon or shaved parmesan if you want.


Guacamole may seem like a strange side for beans and cornbread – but it works!

The hearty pinto beans need a splash of cool flavors and that’s exactly what guacamole provides. 

The creamy texture also meshes well with the soft beans and the fluffy cornbread.

This ‘best ever guacamole’ from Lisa is packed with flavors from tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and jalapenos.

Smothered pork chops

Turn your beans and cornbread into a meal to be proud of with these Southern smothered pork chops.

These juicy pork chops are covered with a savory, creamy, oniony gravy making them extra indulgent.

Trust me, one serving of these gravy-smothered pork chops won’t be enough.

Corn dogs

Throwing a party?

Corn dogs will have a smile on everyones faces And they’re great for dipping into the beans.

Don’t forget a tasty dipping sauce too. It can be as simple at ketchup or mustard. 

These corndogs are light, fluffy, and fried to perfection.

And if you don’t feel like deep frying, you can serve up a normal hot dog.

Jalapeno poppers

If you want something fun, then this side dish is for you.

Creamy, cheesy, and crunchy – these jalapeno poppers will provide great depth of flavor and a little fiery heat to your meal.

You can prepare these the day before, so they’re perfect for people who are short on time. 

Don’t miss out on this brilliant jalapeno poppers recipe. It’s so good.

Maple candied bacon 

No one can deny that everyone loves bacon.

And it goes really well with smokey beans. 

Crispy, savory bacon covered in sweet maple syrup – it’ll be hard to find a meat-eater who can say no to this treat.

Serve these maple candied bacon rashers alongside your beans and cornbread for an indulgent meal.

The best side dishes to serve with beans and cornbread

  • Collard greens
  • BBQ pulled pork
  • Corn ribs
  • Creamy coleslaw
  • BBQ chicken skewers
  • Sour cream
  • Spicy fried chicken
  • Caesar salad
  • Guacamole
  • Smothered pork chops
  • Corn dogs
  • Jalapeno poppers
  • Maple candied bacon

What To Serve With Beans And Cornbread

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your beans and cornbread.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beans and cornbread side dishes, what to serve with beans and cornbread
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 186kcal


  • 1 portion beans and cornbread


  • Prepare your beans and cornbread according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: collard greens, bbq pulled pork, corn ribs, creamy coleslaw, bbq chicken skewers, sour cream, spicy fried chicken, caesar salad, guacamole, smothered pork chops, corn dogs, jalapeno poppers, and maple candied bacon.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 186kcal

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