What to Serve With Tacos

If you are trying to figure out what goes well with tacos for dinner or a taco party, this list is exactly what you are looking for. Crispy or street tacos is a simple hearty meal that can be hearty with meat such as beef, chicken, seafood, or pork but also vegetarian.  No matter what your favorite taco is, they have so many flavor combinations.  Tacos whether spicy or mild, go well with all sorts of side dishes.  All of these suggested sides work great for all your meal ideas, including party buffets, potlucks, backyard barbecues, or any taco dinner plan.

The best sides to serve with tacos are all right here. Many fellow food bloggers have shared some of their quick and easy side dish recipes to serve and eat with tacos besides just beans and rice. If you want a salad, baked goods, vegetables, or dessert, we have you covered with so many choices on what to enjoy with your next taco Tuesday. There are healthy, gluten-free, traditional, unique, vegetarian, and keto-friendly side dishes. 

 

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What to Serve with Tacos

This is a tasty list of what sides to eat with your homemade tacos  Many of these side dishes are also great to serve with quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, and tamales. In reality, all of these sides can be made to eat with any taco filling including ground beef, steak, chicken, carnitas, lengua, shrimp, or vegetarian tacos. There is a variety of side dish options that include low-carb, vegan, gluten-free, healthy, and dairy-free.

To help you decide what to serve with tacos, I have broken down the list into some subcategories. So based on your mood, preference, or diet, there is something for everyone.  So based on what course you are looking for these recipes all are perfect to serve with tamales including appetizers, drinks, side dishes, and even dessert.   This list includes the best of what to cook and enjoy with tacos:

  • Drinks & Side Dishes by The Short Order Cook
  • Drinks & Appetizers to Serve With Tamales
  • Classic & Unique Mexican Side Dishes
  • Healthy Side Dishes
  • Desserts to Serve With Tacos

 

 

Drinks & Side Dishes by The Short Order Cook

All of these recipes can be found on the website and are what to eat with tacos the next time you make them at home.   These are some of our family favorites.

TEQUILA SUNRISE COCKTAIL: TWO UNIQUE TWISTS ON A CLASSIC
A gorgeous colorful cocktail with tequila, citrus juices, and grenadine.
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Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
Texas Ranch Water
Texas ranch water is a refreshing 3-ingredient cocktail recipe. Ranch water is simply the easiest tequila cocktail you can make at home. 
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Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule
A refreshing and spicy twist on a Moscow Mule that includes jalapenos and basil. A wonderful vodka cocktail that is an easy recipe and a crowd-pleaser.
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Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule
Watermelon Pico de Gallo (salsa)
Sweet and spicy watermelon pico de gallo is the summer salsa great with chips or on seafood tacos.
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watermelon pico de gallo
Easy Restaurant Style Mexican Rice
Tastes just like the flavorful, bright, and fluffy Mexican rice you get in your favorite authentic Mexican restaurant.
Check out this recipe
Easy Restaurant Style Mexican Rice
Easy Mexican Street Cornbread Muffins
Mexican street corn (elote) meets cornbread muffins for this fun sweet, savory, salty, and spicy side dish.
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Easy Mexican Street Cornbread Muffins
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
The flavors of this chicken tortilla soup are rich and deep thanks to the slow cooker process.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Mexican Watermelon Cucumber Salad
A refreshing salad with the zing of Tajin added to watermelon, cucumber, and toasted pepitas.
Check out this recipe
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Drinks & Appetizers to Serve With Tacos

Start off dinner with a cocktail or appetizer the next time you have tacos or any other Mexican entree at home.  Enjoy a margarita, chips & dip, and more with these recipes that are the best to get things started.

Tamarind Margarita
This cocktail is inspired by a sweet and sour Mexican tamarind candy. This Tamarind Margarita recipe is a great start to your Mexican meal!
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Matcha Horchata
For a cool refreshing drink, try this homemade matcha horchata. This easy vegan recipe is a combination of rice and almond milk with a ton of flavor from the matcha green tea powder and cinnamon combination.
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Roasted Tomato & Habanero Salsa
Every taco night needs a wonderful spicy homemade salsa to serve with it. This recipe is just the right amount of heat and flavor for those that like to kick up the flavor.
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Shrimp Ceviche
Homemade ceviche is so easy to make, it really should be part of any taco night at your house. Plump shrimp with citrus and crisp onion and jalapenos is the flavor combo that makes this a classic Mexican appetizer.
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Classic & Unique Mexican Side Dishes

This list of sides to serve with Mexican food includes some of the best authentic and new recipe ideas.  If you want standards like rice or beans, two amazing recipes are listed below.  Plus for a new twist on what to serve with tacos, try out different takes on beans and rice here.  No matter which recipe you choose, they all taste amazing and go well with your next Mexican meal. 

Homemade Refried Black Beans
Instead of the same old pinto beans, try refried black beans. This easy recipe is done in about 10 minutes and has all the spices and flavors as your favorite restaurant-quality beans.
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Mexican Pinto Bean
For a classic whole pinto bean side dish, try this easy recipe. It is no ordinary Mexican bean recipe, the spices and sundried tomato paste add so much richness, spice, and flavor.
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Fresh Mexican Avocado Salad
For avocado fans like myself, this will be your new favorite salad for any day of the week. WIth just a few ingredients and some fresh lime, this recipe could not be more simple or delightful to serve along with your favorite tacos.
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Mexican White Rice (arroz blanco)
For a mild rice side dish to serve with tacos, try this white rice recipe. Arroz blanco is a really super easy recipe that the whole family will love!
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Healthy Side Dishes

This category of ideas to serve with tacos includes quick, easy, and healthy recipes.   They are all on the lighter side and include fruits, vegetables, and quality whole ingredients.  These Mexican recipes include gluten-free, keto, paleo, vegetarian, and low-carb ideas.  

Quick Pickled Red Onions
I am such a sucker for pickled vegetables when I eat tacos. I love them all but onions are my absolute favorite. This quick and easy recipe is perfect to put on tacos or munch on the side.
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Fresh or Frozen Cauliflower Rice
Whether you use frozen or fresh cauliflower, this rice is a healthy side dish for your Mexican meal. A little bit of onion and garlic for flavor and top with cilantro for a simple flavorful side dish.
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Grilled Corn Avocado Salad
For a fresh and colorful side dish with tacos, whip up this amazing salad. Corn, tomatoes, avocado, and a fresh lime dressing make this side dish the perfect Mexican-inspired salad.
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Healthy Greek Yogurt Guacamole
For a unique and healthy take on guacamole, try this homemade greek yogurt version. It is creamy and tangy with all the classic jalapeno and tomato ingredients too.
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Desserts to Serve With Tacos

A Mexican meal isn’t complete until you have dessert. Any of these wonderful desserts would be great to complete your taco supper.   Whether you want something rich or cool and spicy,  these dessert recipes are great to eat with tacos.

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes
This dessert is a strawberry margarita lovers dream. The cupcakes include liquor so be ready for a kick with this sweet treat.
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No Fry Fried Ice Cream
Fried ice cream is a special treat and showstopper when you go out to Mexican restaurants. Now make this dessert at home with this delicious no fry method that still gives you that classic crispy outside and the cool creamy ice cream center. Dig in!
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MORE MEXICAN APPETIZERS, DRINKS, SIDE DISHES, & DESSERTS

For more Mexican recipe options, check out these other posts that include more tasty choices.  All of these are wonderful to serve for your next dinner, party, or gathering when you want unique or authentic traditional Mexican flavors. 

 

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What To Serve With Tacos

Angela
If you are trying to figure out what goes well with tacos, this list is exactly what you are looking for. If you want salsas, cocktails, salads, rice, beans, or dessert this list has the best recipes for side dishes to eat with Mexican entrees. 
Prep Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Drinks, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

TRY ONE OR MORE OF THE RECIPES SHARED:

  • Mexican Rice
  • Tomato Habanero Salsa
  • Avocado Salad
  • Fried Ice Cream
  • Jalapeno Moscow Mule
  • Pinto Beans
  • Tamarind Margarita

Instructions
 

  • Make your favorite taco recipe.
  • Choose one or more recipes to serve with the tacos.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword beans, dessert, easy, gluten-free, keto, Mexican, quick, rice, salads, side dish, sides

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