What to Serve With Tacos? [FAQs]

If you’re looking for the perfect side dishes to pair with your tacos, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll show you five delicious suggestions to raise your taco game in this article.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes for tacos are Mexican Rice and Beans, Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn). You can make steak or chicken fajitas as your centerpiece. Authentic toss salad is a light option, and quesadillas are great for your kids.

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Mexican Rice and Beans

This classic Mexican dish makes an excellent accompaniment for tacos – especially when smothered in delicious toppings like shredded cheese and salsa sour cream.

It’s a great way to use leftover ingredients like beans, onions, and peppers.

If you want to try making some Mexican rice and beans of your own, this no-fuss recipe doesn’t take long and tastes fantastic – guaranteed!

Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn)

Elote is Mexican grilled corn rubbed in mayonnaise flavored with cotija cheese, chili powder, lime juice, and fresh cilantro – so good! This side dish might seem strange to some people, but trust us, it works!

Grilling the corn until it has nice charred bits adds an extra layer of flavor which goes perfectly with any taco combination. If you need help recreating this tasty dish from scratch – check out this elite recipe here.


Fajitas make for a great centerpiece next to tacos – especially when cooked on a cast iron or wooden skillet pan over an open flame or BBQ outdoors for that unique taste we all love about fajitas! You could serve beef fajitas, which are super easy to prepare – remember not to overcook them because nobody likes chewy beef or dry chicken!

For guidance on making the tastiest fajitas, check out our 5-star-rated fajita recipes here.

Authentic Toss Salad

A bouquet of colorful veggies makes up this simple yet attractive authentic toss salad – ideal for giving your taco meal that extra vibrant touch everyone loves!

The secret behind its freshness lies in the dressing made with olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, honey, salt & pepper mix, so don’t use those ingredients when creating an authentic toss salad, as they will carry through that extra punch we all strive for when eating salads just like mama would make them back home!


Who said tacos have fun without quesadillas too? Quesadillas are loved by young children and adults alike, so why not serve these cheesy slices alongside steaming hot tacos?

The best part is that they require minimal effort — just stuff 2 tortillas with melting cheese fillings like feta mozzarella etc., grill until golden brown, then cut into slices ready for serving anyone at parties, large family gatherings, or even small romantic dinners, dates — see?

We told you quesadillas were versatile and super convenient, too, so why not try these fuzzy melty wonders by reading our guide?

Refried Beans

Refried beans may not sound glamorous, but this vegan side dish provides great plant-based protein and creamy texture that helps balance out the spiciness of tacos without overpowering them.

Plus, they are easy and quick to prepare, making them an ideal accompaniment for taco nights.


Guacamole is a quintessential taco condiment that takes the flavor of any taco up a notch. It’s easy and delicious, with soft avocado chunks inside a delicious salsa base.

Making your version at home is as simple as blending avocados, onions, tomatoes, and lime juice until you get your desired consistency.

Pico De Gallo

Pico de gallo is a classic Mexican condiment made with tomatoes mixed with onion and jalapenos for a bit of heat. A pico de gallo pairs perfectly with tacos because the tomatoes bring out their flavor, while the jalapeno adds just the right amount of kick.

You can make pico de gallo using canned tomatoes if you have them on hand– add fresh cilantro leaves before serving!


Salads make great sides to enjoy alongside tacos because they provide extra fiber that helps offset any heavy ingredients like cheese or sour cream in the tacos themselves – plus, they add lots of fresh vegetables into your diet!

Mix black beans or corn into your salad mix — they compliment Mexican flavors exceptionally well — or use some freshly made dressing (like lemon cilantro vinaigrette) to give it extra zestiness.

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