What Goes on Chili? The Best Chili Toppings

A bowl of chili is great, but a bowl with some tasty chili toppings is even better. Some of the most popular choices for what goes on chili include:

  • Cheese: Cheese and chili are a match made in culinary heaven. Whether it’s sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, or creamy queso, the gooey goodness of melted cheese adds richness to your chili.
  • Sour Cream: A dollop of sour cream provides a delightful contrast to the spicy heat of chili. It also helps balance the flavors.
  • Chopped Onions: Raw or sautéed, onions bring a satisfying crunch and a sweet, earthy flavor that complements the savory chili.
  • Jalapeños: For those who crave extra heat, sliced jalapeño peppers are a delicious topping. They deliver a spicy kick that’s perfect for chili-lovers with a bold palate.
  • Avocado: Creamy avocado chunks add a refreshing, buttery texture that offsets the chili’s heat while providing a burst of nutrition.
  • Cornbread: A warm slice of cornbread on the side or crumbled on top is a classic accompaniment to chili, offering sweetness and a delightful contrast in texture.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro can add a burst of flavor and color to your chili bowl.
Chuck 'The Chili Guy' Miller

Hey I'm Chuck "The Chili Guy" Miller. Chili is my passion so I have expertly crafted my list of tried and true award worthy chili recipes that will warm your soul. My gift to you from one chili connoisseur to another. - Chuck

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