Looking for the perfect Mexican side dish?
From Spanish rice to Mexican corn cakes, here are 18 of our favorite Mexican sides.
I have nothing but love for Mexican food. I think it’s one of if not the most colorful, fun, and flavorful cuisines out there!
Whether it’s a taco, fajita, burrito, or enchilada, Mexican dishes are always welcome in my belly.
Scrumptious side dishes add even more excitement to the main course. They’re vibrant, delicious, and complement the flavors and textures of every Mexican dish.
So, the next time you’re serving Mexican to your family and friends, don’t forget to whip up some tasty sides, too.
Can’t decide which ones to make? You’re in luck! I’ve rounded up 18 Mexican side dishes that will add even more flavor and color to your fabulous feast.
So whether you need a tasty avocado recipe or something more filling, you’ll find it here.
Let’s get the fiesta started!
1. Spanish Rice
Also called Mexican rice, this side is a hearty, fluffy, and perfectly seasoned side that goes well with enchiladas and tacos.
Plus, it only takes 10 minutes of hands-on preparation!
Flavored with chicken broth, garlic, tomato sauce, cumin, garlic pepper, and cilantro, this rice is easily the best thing to serve with your Mexican feast.
Move over regular coleslaw, Mexican slaw is here to slay! This recipe is a tangy riff on the mayo-based classic, and the flavors are spot on!
In this tangy Mexican slaw, the cabbage and red onions are not coated in mayo. Instead, they’re bathed in a fresh and citrusy dressing made with cider vinegar and olive oil.
It’s seasoned with both cumin and seasoned cumin, so it definitely packs a lot of flavor.
Unlike the classic version, you don’t have to wait to serve this slaw. Once you’ve tossed the veggies in the dressing, it’s ready to go!
Whether you eat it on the side or on top of tacos, you’ll love it!
Regular grilled corn is already a delightful side as it is, but if it’s coated in mayo, cheese, and chili powder? Wow!
The combination of mayo with the other ingredients makes such a refreshing and well-balanced treat.
And that cotija cheese? Oh boy, you’re in for a treat! It’s like a cross between feta and parmesan: wonderfully crumbly and salty.
Finished off with cilantro and lime juice, elote is as good as it gets.
Also known as jalapeno cornbread, this side is fluffy, crumbly, and savory.
Whatever the main course is, you’ll want this Mexican cornbread on the table. Not only is it bursting with jalapenos, but cheddar cheese as well.
It’s a fantastic combination of savory and spicy.
And the best part? This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare, and the oven takes care of everything else.
Want a colorful and hearty side for taco Tuesday but also want to stay away from carbs? Roasted Mexican zucchini it is!
Just because this dish is all veggie and low-carb doesn’t mean it isn’t yummy. It’s brimming with savory, spicy, and smoky flavors!
In fact, it’s so tasty, I bet you won’t even miss having carbs on your plate.
Black beans and rice is a staple in Mexican cuisine, and this recipe is a staple in mine. It’s simple and straightforward, yet packs a lot of flavor.
It’s very easy to make, too! Just season your rice and black beans with salt, oregano, and cumin, and you’re all set. You can serve it on the side as is, or topped with guacamole.
Okay, this one’s a no-brainer. Whether you use guacamole as a dip, filling, or a topping to your favorite Mexican dish, you’ll never go wrong.
There are plenty of guacamole recipes online, so what makes this one a cut above the rest?
What makes this recipe stand out is the perfectly measured ingredients, which give you the most flavorful, well-balanced guacamole there ever could be.
I’m not exaggerating!
Here’s another Mexican staple: salsa. This recipe has a unique secret that makes it more flavorful than the rest.
While it is generally best to use fresh ingredients when cooking, salsa is an exception.
All other recipes will tell you to use only fresh tomatoes, but trust me, adding some canned ones in the mix will make it even better!
The combination of both fresh and canned tomatoes gives this salsa unbelievable flavor. I’m telling you, you’ll need to make a ton of this if you don’t want to run out.
Sure, cornbread is great, but Mexican corn pudding is even better. This recipe has all the flavors of the classic southern side but in souffle form.
It’s soft, fluffy, and melts in your mouth, and it’s perfect with grilled meats!
Aside from Mexican/Spanish rice, this cilantro lime rice is just as flavorful and hearty. It’s my go-to rice base for burrito bowls.
Flavored with garlic, jalapeno, red pepper flakes, lime juice, and cilantro, this side will surely knock your socks off.
And it’s so quick and easy, too. It’s just a matter of mixing all the herbs and seasonings with cooked rice.
For the perfect burrito bowl, top the cilantro lime rice with your favorite veggies, beans, guacamole, and salsa. So refreshingly good!
11. Black Beans
These black beans pair well with any Mexican dish and come together so quickly!
Seasoned with cayenne, cilantro, and salt, these black beans are both hearty and flavorful. They’re definitely a must-have for your next Mexican fiesta.
12. Refried Bean Dip
I have tried sooo many refried bean dip recipes in my life, and I’m happy to say that I’ve finally found the best one.
This refried bean dip is perfectly creamy and spicy! Nothing tops the combination of beans, cheese, cream cheese, salsa, sour cream, chili powder, and cumin.
Whether you use it as a tortilla chip dip, a taco topping, or a burrito filling, it will not disappoint.
If you’re looking for something incredibly hearty and satisfying, look no further. Mexican sweet potatoes are great for accompanying any Mexican entree!
In this recipe, the sweet potatoes are roasted to perfection and then loaded with a cashew-based cilantro sauce and a spicy black bean salsa.
The combined flavors are a lovely sweet and savory blend.
14. Mexican Pozole
Mexican pozole is a soup bursting with hominy, red chiles, and pork. It’s such a festive dish that it’s normally served on Christmas eve!
This recipe takes that rich soup to a whole other level by adding cilantro, lime, avocado, cabbage, and radishes into the mix!
It’s not the easiest dish to prepare, though. I highly suggest that you whip up a large batch and enjoy it with family and friends.
Who can say no to a hot and cozy chicken tortilla soup? It’s the quintessential Mexican comfort food!
This chicken tortilla soup is loaded with all the Mexican ingredients we love so much. It has corn, beans, and chicken swimming in a delectable tomato soup.
Topped with avocado, lime, cilantro, and tortilla strips, it’s the complete Mexican package!
Serve this soup with quesadillas, Mexican slaw, or Mexican corn salad for a fantastic feast.
Sure, the classic potato salad is a delightful side. But have you tried Mexican potato salad? If your answer is no, then you have to try this recipe.
This Mexican potato salad takes the good old classic and elevates it into an even more spectacular side.
The potatoes are loaded with corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and Frank’s Redhot Buffalo Wing Sauce, which makes it extraordinary!
Topped with cilantro and crushed corn chips, this salad definitely gets an A+ for flavor and texture contrasts.
They’re wonderfully sweet, moist, and go well with anything Mexican.
To say that these Mexican corn cakes are bursting with corn flavor is an understatement.
This recipe makes use of not just one, but three corn elements: corn kernels, corn flour (or masa harina), and cornmeal. Three times the flavor, three times the fun!
This side takes all the lovely elements in the popular street food, elote, and turns it into a hearty and tasty salad.
This Mexican street corn salad is complete with black beans, fresh corn kernels, cotija cheese, jalapenos, and cilantro.
The dressing is a mixture of mayonnaise, olive oil, chipotle chili powder, lime juice, salt, and pepper. It’s the perfect side to any Mexican dish!
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