If you are wondering what to serve with tacos, I’ve got you covered! There are SO many tasty recipes to serve as compliments or side dishes.
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We eat tacos a few times a week at my house. Chicken, beef, shrimp, even just plain beans. They are affordable, tasty, and make a great homemade meal.
Today, I’m sharing with you 18+ side dishes and compliments to serve with tacos. These are all popular recipes that have been tried and tested.
Next time you’re having a Mexican fiesta, try one of these recipes and tell me about it. They are sure to create an unforgettable meal.
Mexican rice (Arroz Mexicano) is a staple Mexican side dish. It comes out fluffy and tasty. Ready in under 30 minutes. Serve next to any of your favorite Mexican recipe and dig in!
Pinto beans, or Frijoles de la Olla, are incredibly easy to make. It is the yummiest side dish to any Mexican recipe.
Chiles Toreados are found at taco stands everywhere. They are Mexican blistered chile peppers usually serrano or jalapenos. This seasoned condiment adds tons of flavor to carne asada tacos and other grilled meats.
Ensalada de Nopales (or Cactus Salad) is a vegan-friendly, refreshing, and versatile side dish. It’s a staple in Mexico that pairs well with just about anything!
This Taqueria-Style Salsa Serrano is the absolute best topping for tacos or serve with chips for a spicy and creamy appetizer. Ready in minutes!
Ensalada de Coditos is a Mexican Elbow Pasta Salad that is found at every party – quinceañera, baptism, birthday, you name it! Make it days ahead of time. It tastes better the day after.
Cebollitas Asadas are a MUST at any Mexican backyard grilling event. These Grilled Mexican Onions are made with cambray onions. Slightly sweet, very tasty, and so flavorful. They are seasoned with just a few ingredients and bring a lot to the table.
Frijoles Puercos is an easy and cheesy side dish or appetizer that’s ready in minutes. Made with chorizo and creamy pinto beans. I must warn you. These beans are slightly addicting.
Elotes Mexicanos (Mexican Street Corn) is bursting with flavor. Smothered with mayo, sprinkled with cheese and chile, and lastly, drizzled with lime. It’s a mouthwatering recipe that will make you beg for seconds.
Salsa de Aguacate, or Avocado Salsa, is not to be confused with guacamole. This creamy and totally dreamy salsa is made with avocados AND tomatillos. It’s sure to take your tacos up a few notches.
Mexican Pickled Onions (Cebolla en Escabeche) are incredibly easy to make and last a long time in the fridge. They add another layer of flavor to tacos.
When you’re wondering what to serve with tacos, put this one high up on the list. Nopales Asados (or Grilled Cactus) make a healthy side dish to tacos and carne asada. Smokey in flavor, easy to make, and vegan too.
This Tomato Habanero Salsa is hot, zesty, and spicy. Fish tacos, chicken tacos, any taco, this salsa goes great with just about any taco.
Arroz Blanco, or Mexican White Rice, is a versatile and tasty Mexican side dish that is often overshadowed by its cousin, Mexican Red Rice. It’s easy-to-make and equally delicious.
Refried Beans (Frijoles Refritos) – creamy, tasty, and a staple in the Mexican cuisine. Serve next to enchiladas, tacos, and just about any Mexican recipe. They are hard not to love.
Pickled Jalapenos, chiles en Vinagre, jalapenos en escabeche… there many names for one of Mexico’s most iconic compliments. Tangy. Delicious. Spicy. Add a slice or two to your taco. You won’t be disappointed.
Papas con Rajas is a tasty Mexican side dish made with potatoes and roasted poblano peppers. Top with cheese, sour cream, and dig in!
Chile de Arbol Salsa is a great addition to tacos, tamales, and many more. There’s a kick to this salsa, but so worth it in flavor.
Mexican Taco Recipes
- Carne Asada Street Tacos
- Instant Pot Birria Tacos
- Tacos de Bistec
- Tacos Gobernador
- Potato Tacos Dorados
- Tacos Arabes
- Ensenada Fish Tacos
- Baja Shrimp Tacos
- Tacos Al Pastor
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Maggie Unzueta is the writer/blogger, photographer, recipe developer, videographer, and creator of In Mama Maggie's Kitchen. She has been developing easy and authentic Mexican food, Mexican-inspired recipes, and traveling tips since 2010. From family recipes to her extensive travels throughout Mexico, she brings traditional Mexican flavors from South of the Border and into your kitchen. Maggie has been featured in notable culinary websites and other media outlets. For more details, check out her About page.