Are you wondering what to serve with tacos? If you are looking to serve them for lunch or dinner, you are in the right place. Here you’ll find over 25 of our most popular and best side dishes including vegetable side dishes, pasta and potato sides, the perfect rice, salads, and more!

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It always feels like a treat when tacos are in my dinner lineup. Tacos make a versatile and delicious meal that can be enjoyed in many different ways. While the fillings, the salsas and either flour or corn tortillas are undoubtedly the stars of the show, serving the right accompaniments can elevate your taco experience to new heights.

Best Sides For Tacos

Whether you’re hosting a taco party or preparing a family dinner, choosing the perfect side dishes, toppings, and beverages can take your taco meal from good, to a feast!

So, what goes with tacos?

Bean Recipes

In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with serving beans as a side dish for tacos. Here are a few of the best bean side dishes to try.

1. Frijoles Puercos (Party Beans)

Frijoles Puercos
They're refried beans mixed with cooked chorizo, melted cheese and smoky chipotle pepper. These are called "Party Beans" since they're served at most parties in Mexico, making them a great option for your feast!
A white bowl with Frijoles Puercos topped with queso fresco
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2. Healthy Frijoles Charros Recipe

A brown bowl with beans and a spoon.
Healthy Frijoles Charros Recipe
Hands down, the best Frijoles Charros Recipe! It’s rich, hearty and so flavorful! The beans are perfectly tender, served as a side or as a main dish. It’s a comforting meal in a bowl, that’s bound to please!
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3. Frijoles Refritos (Refried Beans)

4. Mexican Bean Salad

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Mexican Bean Salad
This Mexican Bean Salad is quick, easy, and the perfect make-ahead side to serve at dinner parties and potlucks. We also love it for breezy lunches! A fresh cilantro lime vinaigrette makes this protein-rich bean salad a perennial hit.
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5. Refried Black Beans

Rice Recipes

Tasty, inexpensive, and very versatile, these rice side dishes are the perfect way to use up your pantry staples. Grab a bag of rice and prepare to be amazed at what you can do with the humble grain and how well it goes with all kinds of tacos!.

6. Mexican Red Rice

A white plate with red rice garnished with cilantro.
Mexican Red Rice (Arroz Rojo)
The rice gets its vibrant red color from the addition of tomato sauce during the cooking process, giving it a delicious flavor. Let me show you how to make it so it’s fluffy each and every time.
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7. Arroz Primavera (Mexican White Rice)

Arroz Primavera (Mexican White Rice)
This Arroz Primavera (Mexican White Rice) pairs deliciously with all your Mexican food favorites. It’s full of flavor and I’ll show you how to make it perfectly fluffy each and every time! 
A white bowl with Arroz Primavera with a white spoon in it.
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8. Arroz Verde (Mexican Green Rice)

A white bowl with arroz verde garnished with cilantro and sliced peppers.
Arroz Verde (Mexican Green Rice)
Arroz Verde is a delicious and healthy rice recipe, perfect for any meal! You’ll love the flavor combo of the poblano pepper with cilantro and spinach. Yum! This beautiful green rice goes with anything, from enchiladas, tacos and even stews. 
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9. Cilantro Lime Rice (Rice Cooker)

10. Mexican Rice Salad

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Mexican Rice Salad
This Rice Salad is filled with fresh Mexican flavors and good for you veggies. Have it as a side dish or add some protein to serve it as a main dish!
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Salads & Vegetables

Whether you’re a veggie lover or just looking to add some healthy goodness to your plate, these vibrant sides will brighten up your meal and leave you feeling satisfied. Some can even act as the main taco filler for delicious vegetarian or vegan tacos.

11. Fish Taco Slaw With Mango

12. Rajas Con Crema

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Rajas Con Crema (Roasted Poblanos in a creamy sauce)
There’s nothing easier than these Rajas Con Crema. It’s the type of side dish you can make any night of the year, or even special occasions like holidays or get togethers. The cream sauce is silky and delicious plus it goes perfect with the roasted poblano peppers. So good!
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13. Chiles Toreados

14. Champiñones A La Mexicana

A plate with beans and sauteed champiñones.
Champiñones A La Mexicana Recipe
A warming dish for busy evenings, Champiñones A La Mexicana is easy to pull together. Serve with rice or beans and corn tortillas on the side! This recipe is vegetarian or vegan and gluten free.
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15. Calabacitas 

16. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chipotle Crema

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chipotle Crema
These delicious Roasted Brussel Sprouts have a crispy outer layer and a tender, juicy center. Season them with a chimichurri sauce to enhance their flavor and you won't be able to stop eating them!
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17. Cebollitas

18. Ensalada De Nopales

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Ensalada De Nopales (Cactus Salad)
Make this super delicious Ensalada De Nopales drizzled with an easy lime vinaigrette. This nutritious cactus salad is perfect for lunch or as side.
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19. Roasted Vegetables

These roasted vegetables can be served in tacos but also make a perfect side dish.

Elote (Corn) Recipes

If you’re anything like me, you can’t resist the sweet and juicy goodness of corn. Whether it’s on the cob or off, corn is a versatile veggie that can bring lots of flavor and texture to any meal. Here are just a few that I’m sure you’ll enjoy:

20. Elote Asado

Three corn on the cob with the husk pulled back and crema on top of the corn.
Elote Asado
Elote Asado is the perfect summer treat in everyone's cookout. You can't beat the delicious combination of sweet corn infused with smoky flavors from the grill. Learn how to grill it to perfection!
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21. Esquite

22. Vegan Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad (Dairy, Gluten and Allergy-Free)
Fresh, grilled corn on the cob (elotes), sliced off the cob (esquites), and paired with a cool, creamy, and tangy gluten-free, allergy-free mayo-based sauce with cilantro, lime, and a dash of spice! An easy summer side dish recipe!
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23. Smoked Elote

Smoked Elote
Smoked elote, or Mexican street corn, is corn on the cob served south of the border style. It makes a perfect side dish with any grilled protein and the smoke flavour really brings out that sweet corn on the cob taste.
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If you’re looking to jazz up your tacos and take it to the next level, I’ve got just the thing for you: pasta side dishes. Even in Mexico, pasta is very popular in many dishes. These delicious additions complement your tacos perfectly, making for a well-rounded and satisfying meal. Let’s dive into some fantastic options:

24. Sopa De Fideo 

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Sopa De Fideo (Step by step)
Sopa De Fideo is a comforting soup that's easy to become nostalgic for. Like many of our familial recipes, it's a dish whose exact combination of pasta and broth makes us think of our parents or grandparents who lovingly prepared it for us as children.
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25. Espagueti Verde 

26. Ensalada De Coditos 

Ensalada De Coditos in a white bowl and a wood spoon. A small jar with bacon on the background.
Ensalada De Coditos (Mexican Macaroni Salad)
This Ensalada De Coditos is undoubtedly a classic Mexican recipe. Elbow pasta is tossed with creamy textures and dotted with crisp celery, carrots, corn kernels and flavorful peppers.
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27. Mexican Sopa


From coffee and cocktails to Agua Frescas. Here you’ll find the best drinks and beverages for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for a licuado de platano (banana smoothie) to go with breakfast tacos or refreshing agua fresca, I’ve got you covered!


When you think of what to serve with tacos, this also means Salsas! Tacos are built on layers and a good Mexican salsa is a must. Be sure to explore my Salsas collection since they all pair differently depending on the taco.

Mexican street corn, elote with cotija cheese, fresh cilantro and chili.

What To Serve With Tacos (Best Side Dishes & More)

Servings 2 people
Ana Frias
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Mexican Street Corn in a Bowl recipe plus over 25 of our most popular and best side dishes including vegetable side dishes, pasta and potato sides, the perfect rice, and salads.
2 people


  • 2 large ears corn husked
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle crema
  • 6 scallions, white and light green parts thinly sliced
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • ½ serrano chile (use the whole pepper if you like it spicy) thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • 1 cup freshly popped popcorn optional
  • ¼ cup crumbled cotija cheese


  • Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium heat. Grill the husked corn, turning the ears every few minutes, until the kernels are blistered and the color has gone from pale to bright yellow. Let the corn cool, and then slice the kernels off the cobs.
  • In a medium serving bowl, combine the grilled corn, Chipotle Crema, scallions, cilantro, serrano, garlic, and lime juice and mix well.
  • Sprinkle with the popcorn, Cotija, and more cilantro.

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Serving: 1cup | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 398mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g

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  1. 5 stars
    We eat tacos weekly at our house and I was running out of ideas what I could serve them with. I can’t wait to try to make some of these delicious side dishes! Specially the street corn in a bowl. yum!