What to Serve With Tacos and Enchiladas – Beyond Chips and Salsa

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What to Serve with Tacos and Enchiladas

When I asked on Facebook about what meals you have trouble finding side dishes for, tacos and other Mexican and Tex-Mex meals made the list.

Chips and salsa and guacamole (here’s a tip to keep it from turning brown) are natural choices.  They’re quick too.

But what about other options?  Here are a few ideas:  

Refried beans

These are sort of homemade.  They start with canned beans that you cook, add a few ingredients and mash.  They’re quick and delicious.

This Slow Cooker Bean recipe starts with dried beans.  It makes a lot and is perfect for stashing in the freezer.  Use them for side dishes, mash them, stuff them in tortillas for lunch or dinner.


Corn Casserole

slow cooker corn casserole

Maybe not typical, but the sweet corn/cornbread would be great with a lot of Tex-Mex dishes.

Corn on the Cob

If it’s in season, corn on the cob is a great side dish for tacos.  I like to use this easy microwave method for cooking it.

Black Bean and Corn Salad


Are you sensing a trend here?  This recipe can be used as a salad or dip with chips.

Grilled Zucchini


Ranch Veggie Salad

ranch veggie salad done


The cool taste of ranch dressing pairs great with spicy foods.

Slaw with Tomato, Red Onion and Jalapeno 

This slaw has both cool and spicy tastes.  It would be great with tacos or enchiladas.

Summer Corn Salad

corn salad done


Wild Watermelon

watermelon chili powder


Wild Watermelon is perfect in summer.  Some people add a squeeze of lime juice too – delish!

You might also try pineapple spears to go along with tacos.

What do you like to serve with tacos and enchiladas?

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  1. I think your “What to Serve with…” series is genius. I have enjoyed reading your ideas and have pinned them for future use. This corn salad looks marvelous! And the wild watermelon sounds so refreshing and different. Thank you for some great posts!

  2. I often serve a tropical fruit salad with Mexican. Diced pineapple, mango, papaya, kiwi dressed in yogurt. My kiddos love it.


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