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    The 15 BEST Sides for Tacos

    What are the best sides for tacos? We’re glad you asked!

    Tacos are one of our favorite meals, but as much as we all love them, some great accompaniments can really accentuate the flavors.

    That’s why we’ve compiled this list of great Sides for Tacos from GypsyPlate and around the internet.

    From classics like refried beans and pico de gallo, to some unique taco parings you may not have thought of, you have so many options in this side dishes for tacos list.

    Go through all of these great taco side recipes, so you’ll always know what to serve with tacos!

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    What to Serve with Tacos:

    1. Pico de Gallo

    Easy, fresh and delicious. This Pico de Gallo whips up in 10 minutes and is great with chips as an appetizer, or as a condiment to many of your favorite Mexican dishes.

    Try this fresh pico next time you have a get together.

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    2. Mexican Street Corn Salad

    This Mexican Street Corn Salad is going to be the new star at all of your cookouts and potlucks. When everyone else shows up with yet another pasta or potato salad, the crowd will gather around these amazing flavors that come from just a few simple ingredients.

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    3. Refried Black Beans

    We love refried beans as a taco side dish, and these Refried Black Beans may be the best yet. They only take 5 ingredients and about 10 minutes.

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    4. 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 or ingredient for your favorite Mexican dishes. You can also serve it with chips for a perfect party appetizer or dinner side dish.

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    5. Guasacaca

    Guasacaca! Meet guacamole’s tangier, herbier cousin. Venezuelans love this avocado based condiment and now you can too!

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    6. 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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    7. Cilantro Lime Rice

    With just the tiniest but of effort, you can take your basic rice to new heights. This Cilantro Lime Rice is based off of that made popular by Chipotle’s, and tastes just as good.

    This is one of our favorite sides for tacos!

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    8. Habichuelas Guisadas

    This Habichuelas Guisadas are the tastiest beans you will ever eat, seasoned with tomato, sofrito, sazon and adobo.

    Once you try your beans the Latin way, you may never eat them any other way again…

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    9. 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?

    Great for get togethers and potlucks alongside plenty of tortilla chips. Or use it as topping for tacos or over baked chicken or fish like our baked salmon with mango salsa.

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    10. Surf and Turf Nachos

    Put a fun spin on a classic restaurant favorite. These Surf and Turf Nachos are topped with juicy tender steak and flavorful shrimp and they whip up quick and easy.

    These super delicious nachos make a perfect appetizer for game night or family get-togethers, which everyone will enjoy.

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    11. Arroz con Gandules

    This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite rice dish! Tender rice with pigeon peas, generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings.

    Along with pernil (roasted pork), this is the national dish of Puerto Rico. It’s such a great side dish to have in your repertoire, as it goes well with so many things.

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    12. Peach Salsa

    This fresh peach salsa is one of the delights of summer. It’s perfect with chips, over bruschetta, or on your favorite grilled meat.

    Just try this super salsa recipe before peach season is over.

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    13. Maque Choux

    Give your corn a flavorful makeover with this Maque Choux! Corn is sautéed in bacon grease with great seasonings, along with other flavor enhancers.

    This recipe is perfect for summer, when corn season is at its peak. It will become the new star side dish at your cookouts and potlucks.

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    14. Pineapple Salsa

    Our Pineapple Salsa Recipe is going to be the new star of your summer menu. It’s sweet, refreshing, and is great for scooping or alongside a variety of meals.

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    15. Ceviche

    Ceviche – This shrimp ceviche is a fresh, delicious appetizer 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.

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    So there you go, twenty great sides for tacos. Which one will you try first?

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    What to Serve with Tacos (15 Great Sides)

    This list of Sides for Tacos includes all of your favorites like pico de gallo and refried beans, as well as some new ideas to try. We love this mango salsa:


    • 4 mangoes, chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 3 small tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 small red onion, chopped
    • 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro chopped
    • 1 jalepenõ, finely chopped
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste
    • Lime juice to taste


      1. Add first five ingredients to large bowl, toss. Add jalepenõs, salt, pepper and lime juice taste. Taste and adjust.
      2. That's it.

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