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    The 30 BEST Mexican Side Dishes

    What sides goes with Mexican food? We’re glad you asked!

    There are so many different great Mexican sides for you to choose from. That’s why we’ve compiled this great list of easy Mexican Side Dishes for you to try.

    You’ll find all the well know Mexican side dishes like refried beans, tortillas, salsas, as well as many unique sides you may not have heard of.

    Go through all of these great Mexican sides, you’re in for some great flavors!

    The best Mexican side dishes.

    The Best Mexican Side Dishes:

    1. Refried Beans

    Refried beans are by far one of the most popular Mexican side dishes. They go with pretty much and Mexican entrée. This recipe shows you how to perfect them at home.

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    2. Pico de Gallo

    Easy, fresh and delicious, this Pico de Gallo is one of the staple Mexican sides. It whips up in 10 minutes and is great with many of your favorite Mexican dishes.

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    3. Mexican Street Corn Salad

    This Mexican Street Corn Salad is going to be the new star at all of your cookouts and potlucks. It goes great with tacos, grilled meats, and so much more.

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    4. Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice

    Take your rice to a whole new level with this Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice. Just sauté your rice in butter for a couple of minutes before cooking it and then add the lime juice and cilantro at the end.

    And that’s it, your flavorful rice is ready to devour!

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    5. Mango Salsa

    You gotta try mango salsa in the summer time when you see some juicy, ripe mangoes. All you doing is chopping and mixing a few ingredients. Life can’t get easier than that… right?

    Use it as a topping for tacos, or over baked chicken or fish.

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    6. Taco Soup

    Feel like tacos in a bowl? This Taco Soup is the way to go. You can make this soup happen in about 30 minutes and it’s read to get loaded with your favorite toppings.

    The flavorful soup is all about perfectly seasoned ground beef along with corn, peppers, tomatoes and beans. Slurp and finish…

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    7. Pineapple Salsa

    This fresh and tropical Pineapple Salsa recipe will be a big hit at your next get together. It only takes 15 minutes, and is great for dipping tortilla chips, as well as a topping for seafood or chicken.

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    8. Salsa Verde

    Homemade Salsa Verde is so much better than what you get in a bottle, and is so versatile!

    This green salsa recipe is so easy to make, it is so flavorful and it makes a delicious topping for your favorite Mexican dishes.

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    9. Salsa Taquera (Chili de Árbol Salsa)

    If you like HOT, this classic Salsa Taquera is for you. Fiery árbol chilis and a few other simple ingredients blend together for the ultimate taco experience!

    This one is what you would encounter in authentic Mexican Taquerias along with their different assortments of tacos.

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    10. Taco Skillet

    This cheesy, gooey skillet is versatile and you can serve it with endless options and variations. From special get togethers to regular weekday meals, this one’s a winner. By accident, it turns out to be a low carb keto dream. All win-win!!

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    11. Homemade Tortillas

    Sometimes a few extra minutes to make something homemade is worth the effort, and these tortillas are no exception. They only take three ingredients and you’ll be amazed how easy they are.

    Get the Recipe @ mexicanplease

    12. Mexican Rice

    This authentic Mexican Rice recipe is so easy to make and is the perfect side dish for your tacos.

    It has the perfect texture and is very rich in flavor. This rice is so delicious that its pairing options are endless.

    Get the Recipe @ carlsbadcravings

    13. Mexican Salad

    This hearty Mexican salad is loaded with tons of flavor with all the Mexican fixings. It’s a great side dish for any of your chicken, steak or shrimp main courses. Colorful and pretty.

    Get the Recipe @ 40aprons

    14. Chile Relleno

    Chile Relleno, a classic you find in all the Mexican restaurants. It’s so much easier to make it in your very own kitchen. These are poblano peppers stuffed with cheese, dipped in egg batter and fried to golden brown perfection. Serve it with easy delicious red salsa or with sour cream. All good…

    Get the Recipe @ isabeleats

    15. Mexican Street Corn Slaw

    Need a side dish and can’t decide what to bring? Wanting to make a coleslaw but can’t decide what to use? Try this Mexican street corn slaw! The slaw is smoky, creamy, and filled with charred corn and salty feta cheese.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    16. Mexican Cornbread

    We love this Mexican cornbread. It tastes so fluffy and buttery, you’ll be craving for more, right after you make it! Whether you’re a cornbread expert, or you’re new to it, you’ll be sure to love it!

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    17. Black Bean Corn Salad

    A great salad combo is corn and black beans. This Mexican inspired recipe is enhanced by a tangy cilantro lime dressing.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    18. Black Beans and Rice

    Black Beans and Rice is a staple side dish in many Latin American countries, and this recipe shows you how to perfect it. It may become your new favorite way to serve rice.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    19. Mexican Chicken and Rice Salad

    This Mexican Chicken and Rice Salad loaded with chicken, corn, black beans, peppers, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro and rice. It’s a side dish for pot lucks.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    20. Mexican Brown Rice

    Mexican brown rice is the perfect side for your tacos, enchiladas, grilled meats and more.

    It’s an easy dish that only takes a few minutes of your time, then the oven does the rest.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    21. Queso Fundido with Chorizo

    Looking for some fun cheese dip for your next get together? Take your regular cheese dip up a notch with this Queso Fundido!!

    It gets so much flavor from Mexican beer, jalapenos and cilantro. Top it with spicy chorizo and see all the people go ga-ga over this new sensation.

    Get the Recipe @ yellowblissroad

    22. Mexican Pasta Salad

    If Mexican Pasta Salad exists, it looks like this. This Pasta Salad with corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeño is a delicious side dish salad to make for summer cookouts. The creamy dressing with spices and lime add so much unique flavor!

    Get the Recipe @ healthyseasonalrecipes

    23. Mexican Couscous

    For your next Mexican night, try this easy one pot Mexican couscous. It’s a great alternative to rice for when you want something a little unique.

    Get the Recipe @ whiskaffair

    24. Ceviche

    Ceviche – This shrimp ceviche is a fresh, delicious dish that will win everyone’s heart in no time. It takes minutes to whip this up, and you can serve it at your next get together along with chips or over crispy tostadas.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    25. Refried Black Beans

    Homemade Refried Black Beans are not only healthier than canned, but indescribably rich. Despite its simple ingredients, this recipe packs a big creamy flavor with a perfect smooth texture.

    This dish also gets ready in just 10 minutes.

    Get the Recipe @ simplywhisked

    26. Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup

    Here’s a great Mexican take on chicken noodle soup!! Chock full of all the staples and some added Mexican must haves, it’s a super quick and satisfying soup which your whole family will love.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    27. Elote Tater Tots

    Next up on the list are these splendid elote tater tots. They can be made entirely on the grill, and use an amazing homemade cheese sauce. Mix that with the scallions, cilantro, lime, and chili pepper, and you get one tasty treat. 

    Get the Recipe @ goodfoodstories

    28. Sopes

    Sopes are thick corn cakes from central Mexico. They are topped with a variety of meats and veggies, for the perfect handheld meal.

    This recipe will show you how to get them right every time.

    Get the Recipe @ isabeleats

    29. Mexican Fried Rice

    Make this stunning and classic Mexican-flavored fried rice in the comfort of your home!

    This Mexican Fried Rice recipe is a delicious one-pot dish that is packed with super flavorful flavors and ingredients. It’s a great side dish for your favorite meaty entrées.

    Get the Recipe @ cravinghomecooked

    30. Mexican Fruit Salad

    Take your fruit salad south of the border with this tasty recipe.

    It’s loaded with tropical fruits like papaya, mango and pineapple, and the flavors get enhanced by chili lime seasoning. What a sweet way to wrap up this list!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    So there you go, twenty five great Mexican side dishes. The only question now is, which will you try for your next cookout?

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    30 BEST Mexican Sides

      This collection of easy Mexican Side Dishes has all your favorite classic sides, plus some tasty new ideas. For a start, try making this easy pico de gallo:


      • 4 large ripe red tomatoes
      • 1 small white onion
      • 1 medium jalapeño or serrano, seeds and fibers removed.
      • 1/2 cup cilantro
      • 2 Tbsp lime juice
      • Salt to taste


        1. Chop onions, tomatoes, cilantro and jalepeño. (The jalepeño should be finely chopped).Mix all ingredients in bowl.
        2. Let rest for 30 minutes (optional).
        3. Taste and adjust.

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