Preparing a Mexican fiesta for dinner tonight and need the perfect Mexican sides to pair with it? Whether you are making tacos, fajitas, or enchiladas, and you are wondering "what to serve with Mexican food", you are in the right place. We are sharing over 25 of the best Mexican side dishes including everything from rice, veggies, dips, soup, salad, and more. These recipes are perfect for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or anytime you are craving a little fiesta.
Best Mexican Side Dishes
Cilantro Lime Rice
Cilantro lime rice is a fresh, bright and vibrant side dish that will add extra flavour to any meal you serve it with. It's a quick, easy, one pot recipe.
Mexican Street Corn (Elote)
Mexican street corn (elote) is a delicious corn on the cob loaded with a cheesy sauce elevated with cilantro and lime. Creamy, cheesy, spicy, and flavorful.
Incredibly tasty, this easy and basic guacamole takes less than 5 minutes to make. It is the perfect dip for a Mexican-inspired fiesta party.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Hearty chicken tortilla soup is a delicious, wholesome and filling soup that you can make in about 30 minutes, packed with classic Mexican flavours.
Beef Taco Salad
Beef taco salad is a simple, filling, and delicious meal loaded with your favorite taco fillings, and a creamy lime dressing. Make it in 20 minutes.
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Homemade flour tortillas are delicious, soft, and so easy to make! They are easy to make with just 5 pantry staple ingredients and ready in under an hour.
Mexican Street Corn Salad
Mexican street corn salad adds a twist to a classic street food, loaded with freshly grilled corn, a creamy cheesy dressing, and authentic flavor.
Sheet Pan Nachos
Oven-baked loaded sheet pan nachos are a crowd pleaser for an easy weeknight dinner or a crave-worthy appetizer to serve on Cinco de Mayo.
Pico de Gallo Chunky Salsa
Easy 5-minute pico de gallo chunky salsa is packed with fresh tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and lime juice (and optional jalapeños for a spicy kick).
Beef Taco Soup
Beef taco soup is a delicious take on tacos, transforming it into a hearty, wholesome, filling soup topped with all the taco fixings. Ready in 30 minutes.
Queso Mexican Cheese Dip
Homemade queso Mexican cheese dip is smooth, creamy, delicious, flavorful, and so easy to make. It's so much better than store-bought in every way.
Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Mexican stuffed peppers are a delicious, wholesome, healthy meal loaded with fun Mexican flavors. It freezes well and is perfect for meal prep.
Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
Nothing beats homemade creamy cilantro lime dressing. It's fresh, vibrant, easy to make in 5 minutes, and tastes better than store-bought salad dressing. Serve it over salads, tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, grilled vegetables and meat.
One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice
Although not a traditional Mexican recipe, this rice pairs well. Packed with flavour, real ingredients and vibrant colours, one pot Spanish chicken and rice is the perfect no fuss, no clean up weeknight meal.
Shrimp Taco Salad
Shrimp taco salad with cilantro lime dressing is flavourful, delicious, and easy to make. It has all the fixings and of shrimp tacos, but without the mess.
Fresh mango salsa is sweet, tangy, and delicious. It's a quick and easy recipe that you can whip up with just 6 ingredients and in under 10 minutes.
Creamy Mexican Corn Soup
This vegetarian, hearty and filling, creamy Mexican corn soup is dense, bright, and full of flavour! It is the perfect Cinco de Mayo recipe.
Mexican Chicken Caesar Salad
Mexican Chicken Caesar Salad is a delicious, flavorful twist on a classic Caesar salad with Mexican flavors and ingredients tossed in Caesar dressing.
Easy one pot vegetarian chili is the perfect warm and cozy comfort meal — it’s hearty, filling, wholesome, flavorful, delicious, and loaded with protein.
7 Layer Dip
This easy and delicious 7 layer dip is the perfect Tex Mex dip to serve at your next party, made with layers of beans, guacamole, salsa, cheese, and more.
Fresh, crisp, classic coleslaw salad is a must-have recipe for a summer barbecue or picnic, or as an easy make-ahead lunch. Make it in less than 10 minutes.
Homemade tortilla strips are crispy, crunchy, delicious, and easy to make using 3 simple ingredients. Serve as a snack or a topping on soups and salad.
How to Make Ahead and Store
You can make many of these Mexican side dish recipes ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer for up to 3 months. Otherwise, you can prepare the ingredients and store in the refrigerator until ready to assemble and/or cook. Check the individual recipes for full make ahead and storing instructions.
Depending on the recipe, reheat leftovers on the stove over medium-low heat, in place the air fryer or the oven at 300F for 10-15 minutes until warmed through, or in the microwave. If heating from frozen, let it thaw first and then reheat.
More Mexican Recipes
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- Beef and Bean Burritos
- Ground Beef Tacos
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
- Fish Tacos with Lime Crema
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25 Best Mexican Sides
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 corn on the cob
- Diet: Vegetarian
Wondering what to serve with Mexican food? Browse over 25 of the best Mexican side dishes including rice, veggies, dips, soup, salad, and more. One of my favorite recipes is this Mexican Street Corn.
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced and zested
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 medium sweet corn on the cob, husks removed
- ¼ cup Parmesan or cotija cheese, crumbled
- chili powder (optional, for a spicy kick)
- Preheat the grill to 400 F, about 5-6 minutes.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well until smooth and evenly mixed. Set aside for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse into each other.
- Place the corn on the grill and grill for 6-8 minutes, turning occasionally until nicely charred and cooked through. Set aside on a plate.
- You can also roast the corn in the oven at 400 F for 25 minutes or cook in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. However, grilling yields a sweeter and creamier taste.
- Spread and brush the sauce evenly over the corn and top with Parmesan (or cojita cheese). Drizzle with extra lime juice, cilantro, and a sprinkle of chili powder, if desired.
How to store: Mexican street corn is meant to eat fresh off the grill, so I wouldn't recommend preparing the elote in advance. You can prepare the sauce in advance and store in the refrigerator until ready to spread on the corn. If you do happen to have leftovers, I would suggest storing the corn separately and assembling when it is ready to serve.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: Mexican
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