Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo

Cornbread stuffing topped with chorizo and fresh herbs.

This Cornbread Stuffing (or dressing) is made with chorizo, onions, celery and fresh herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme. Its the perfect easy side dish to serve at your Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations!

The Thanksgiving season is finally here and I am ready for it! Its one of my favorite holidays of the year because theres always so much amazing food, including my favorite side dish of the celebration stuffing!

Im that weird person who passes on the mashed potatoes just so I can fit more stuffing on my plate. See! Told you Im weird.

While Im used to eating the more traditional stuffing made from toasted white or french bread, Ive decided its time to try something new this year stuffing made from cornbread!

Whats the difference between stuffing and dressing?

Traditionally, stuffing is stuffed and cooked inside the turkey, whereas dressing is baked in a dish separately. However nowadays, the terms are often used interchangeably.

My family always made it separately in a casserole dish, but we still called it stuffing! Which is why Im choosing to call this cornbread stuffing please dont send me hate mail!

Ingredients in this Cornbread Stuffing

  • Cornbread You have a few options here: you can make your own using your favorite recipe (like this easy jalapeno cornbread), you can buy a 15-ounce box of cornbread mix and make it at home, or you can buy already made cornbread and use that!
  • Chorizo Make sure to use Mexican chorizo which is typically fresh, raw and near the other meats in the grocery store. Sometimes stores have it near the refrigerated deli meats and sometimes its in a special section with other Hispanic food products. Dont get Spanish chorizo which cured, dried and ready to eat.
  • Veggies Sauteed onions, celery and garlic give this stuffed a bit of texture and some needed crunch without being too overpowering.
  • Fresh Herbs Sage, thyme and rosemary add the ultimate savory flavors that we all know and love during the holidays. Theyre typically used in many turkey recipes and pair perfectly with your bird.
  • Stock Chicken and vegetable stock both work in this recipe, so use whatever you have on hand!
  • An egg Cornbread stuffing (and stuffing in general) is inherently crumbly. Adding an egg into the mix helps to hold some of those crumbly pieces together just a tad bit.

How to make cornbread stuffing with chorizo

Crumble and cook the chorizo in a large nonstick skillet until browned. This will take about 5 minutes over medium-high heat.

Then add in the veggies and herbs onions, celery, garlic, sage, thyme and rosemary. Cook this down for about 10 minutes, until the onions and celery have softened a bit.

Next, add the cornbread to a large greased baking dish. I roughly chopped my cornbread before adding it in, but try not to chop it up too finely because you dont want it to completely crumble and fall apart.

Add the cooked chorizo mixture and gently toss everything together until everything is evenly distributed.

In a medium bowl or mixing cup, whisk together the chicken stock and egg. Pour the mixture all over top of the cornbread, trying to get every piece a little moistened.

Bake in a 350F oven for 25 minutes and thats it!

The cornbread pieces at the top get slightly toasted and crunchy while the layers underneath are perfectly infused with the chorizo sausage and herbs.

Its seriously the best and was completely devoured at this years Friendsgiving party no leftovers! Guess that means Ill have to double the recipe next time.

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Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo

This Cornbread Stuffing (or dressing) is made with chorizo, onions, celery and fresh herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme. It's the perfect easy side dish to serve at your Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations!
Course Side
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 389kcal
Author Isabel Eats


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for greasing
  • 14 ounces Mexican chorizo
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage leaves (about 8-10 leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 1/2 cups roughly chopped cornbread (the amount made from a 15-oz box of cornbread mix)


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease the inside of a large casserole dish with butter and set aside.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo and crumble it up with a spatula. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add onion, celery, garlic, sage, rosemary and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften. Remove from heat.
  • In a medium bowl, add the chicken stock and egg. Whisk until fully combined.
  • Add the cornbread and cooked chorizo mixture to the greased casserole dish. Gently toss together to combine.
  • Pour the chicken stock mixture evenly over the cornbread stuffing.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired and serve immediately.


Cornbread: I made this using a 15-ounce box of cornbread mix I bought at my local grocery store. To make it even faster, you could buy pre-made cornbread if your store has it!
Chorizo: I used this 14-ounce package of Mexican pork chorizo, but you can also use a soy chorizo if youd like to make it vegetarian.

Nutrition Facts
Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo
Amount Per Serving (1 /8th of recipe)
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 1000mg42%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1000IU20%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 1/8th of recipe | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1000mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg

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