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Spicy Chorizo Cornbread Sage Dressing

Whether for Thanksgiving or a side dish any night, this moist, spicy, aromatic dressing is always a favorite.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword chorizo dressing, cornbread dressing, thanksgiving dressing recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 -7 cups prepared dressing
Calories 573 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels , fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1 medium Red Onion , chopped
  • 2 stalks Celery , trimmed and chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 1 pound loose/bulk Mexican Chorizo , roughly chopped*
  • 4 cups prepared Cornbread (gluten-free or with gluten), coarsely crumbled (_note: can be stale_)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon fresh Thyme leaves (removed from about 8-10 medium sprigs)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Sage leaves , diced (approximately 10-12 medium-large sage leaves)
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg , beaten
  • 1 cup Low-Sodium Chicken Broth/Stock


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a large, ovenproof skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the corn, onion, celery and garlic. Saute for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Onions will become translucent and may begin to brown slightly.
  4. Add the chorizo and brown for 2-3 minutes, breaking up the sausage as it cooks.
  5. Add the sage and thyme. Saute for 1-2 minutes allowing the herbs to become fragrant.
  6. Add the cornbread, salt and pepper. Using a cooking spoon, mix well to combine all ingredients evenly.
  7. Add the egg and mix again.
  8. Pour the chicken stock evenly over the cornbread mixture. There is no need to mix again if pouring the broth evenly over the cornbread mixture.
  9. Place in the oven, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove lid and allow to brown on top slightly (10-15 additional minutes). Serve immediately. Additional chopped sage and thyme can be added to garnish the dressing.

Recipe Notes

The recipe can be made gluten-free or with gluten based on the type of cornbread used.

*I used a locally produced Chorizo which is loose as with Mexican Chorizo, however it is a Spanish recipe so deep in flavor. Due to the texture of chorizo it can be difficult to pull apart when cooking so rough chopping it before browning aids in breaking the meat apart when cooking. For this recipe I recommend a loose chorizo vs the traditional hard cured Spanish chorizo.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chorizo Cornbread Sage Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 573 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 131mg44%
Sodium 1584mg66%
Potassium 494mg14%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.