Mexican Side Dishes

Need some sides for your Mexican fiesta? Don’t fret! We have all the sides you need to complete your meal – appetizers, soups, salads, dips, salsas – you name it!

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Mexican side dishes

Our Favorite Mexican Sides

Whether you’re making a weeknight dinner for your family, or hosting a Mexican themed fiesta with friends you can find the perfect side dishes to go along with the rest of your meal. We have so many favorites on the site and have rounded up the best ones to go with your meal.

If you are planning a party I’ve gathered some helpful tips:

Once you have selected your main dishes you can start choosing the side dishes.

  • Sometimes side dishes can also be used as appetizers or even a main dish when making a simple meal. If you’re creating a large menu be sure that the courses don’t overlap. 
  • Use seasonal ingredients if you can. They’re often fresh and cost effective. 
  • Find side dishes that  can be prepped and/or made ahead of time.
  • Be sure to test out new recipes before serving so you can work out any kinks.
  • For 6 or fewer guests have 3-4 different sides, then add one more side for every 5 guests. 

Mexican sides

Keeping Food Hot

Many Mexican Dishes are warm and it can be tricky to figure out how to keep all your different dishes warm while prepping the food and throughout the evening.

  • A cooler is not just for keeping food cold. Its insulation will help retain heat. 
  • Use the grill. A gas grill, with a thermometer, will work to keep foods warm. Keep the internal temp around 200°F.
  • A crock pot set to low or warm. 
  • Use an insulated food carrier
  • Chafing Dishes

Our Go-To Sides

Really, we have so many favorites, but these are the ones we use most often when we are serving Mexican food.

Jalapeño Cornbread Recipe
This Mexican Cornbread (AKA jalapeño cornbread) is light and fluffy and is filled with cheddar cheese and jalapeño. With a bit a nip and a lot of flavor, this cornbread is the perfect side for any of your soups or chilis.
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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Mexican Street Corn Recipe
Delicious Mexican Street Corn - a copycat version from Torchy's Tacos filled with butter, cheese, chili powder and cilantro. 
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Sour Cream Rice Recipe
Mexican Sour Cream Rice filled with cheese, corn, green chiles, sour cream and cilantro. This delicious side dish is simple and great with any meal!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Spanish Rice Recipe
Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice (aka Mexican Rice), that is easy to make and tastes like it came straight from the restaurant, and is the best side dish to any Mexican entree.
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.97 from 304 votes
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Refried Beans Recipe
Get perfectly creamy restaurant style refried beans by adding just THREE extra ingredients to your canned beans! These refried beans are perfect served as a dip, side, or filling for burritos and tacos!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe
Homemade Flour Tortillas made from 5 Ingredients - butter, warm water, flour, baking powder, and salt! They're so soft, easy to make, and can be used for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, however you like!!
Total Time: 31 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
This recipe tastes just like Cafe Rio and Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice! If you've ever been to either of these restaurants, you know how delicious cilantro rice is inside a salad, burrito, or taco. Now you can make this delicious lime rice from home! 
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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Loaded Nachos Recipe
These Loaded Nachos Are Piled High With Chips, Beef, Beans, Cheese, Pico De Gallo, And Avocado. They're The Perfect Game Day Food, Are Easy To Make And Are So Easy To Customize Based Off Of Your Favorite Nacho Toppings.
Total Time: 27 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Mexican Salads + Soups

We love any dish full of Mexican spices. Some of our favorites are soups and salads. We have a whole post dedicated to Mexican Soups, but when we we are looking to add one of these to the menu, we have a few that we love most. Here they are:

Southwest Salad Recipe
Simple and delicious Southwestern Chopped Salad filled with chicken, peppers, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and topped with a homemade cilantro ranch dressing.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Southwestern Quinoa Salad Recipe
This Southwest Quinoa Salad is bursting with fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, cilantro and black beans. It's got a ton of texture going on and a whole lot of flavor!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Chicken Taco Salad Recipe
Crunchy and fresh chicken taco salad is a weeknight dinner dream! Easy, flavorful, and a recipe that everyone will enjoy.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Mexican Soup Recipe
This Mexican soup is packed with beans, shredded chicken, corn, tomatoes and a little bit of heat. It's the perfect soup to enjoy all year long.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Albondigas Soup Recipe
Albondigas soup is a delicious Mexican recipe filled with meatballs, vegetables and spices! Packed full of flavor, this simple Albondigas soup is sure to become a favorite. 
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.93 from 26 votes
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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
The BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe made in the crock pot. This soup is packed with flavorful ingredients including chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans, green chilis, & lots of seasonings!
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
5 from 29 votes
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Sopa de Fideo Recipe
This quick, simple and delicious Sopa (soup) de fideo is a family favorite. It's also cheesy and flavorful! Just 5 Ingredients and you'll have dinner in no time. 
5 from 9 votes
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Dip Anyone?

What’s a Mexican meal without tortilla chips and dip?!

We always have them (and our favorite are Juanita’s – if you haven’t try them, you must!) Along with the chips we love to serve some dips and salsas. We have a post with ALL our Mexican appetizers, but if we only had to pick a few to complete the meal, here are our favorites…

Chili Cheese Dip Recipe
Just four ingredients make for the BEST and yummiest chili cheese dip! Melty cheese and hearty chili are so tasty together! It's the perfect appetizer for any party.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Avocado Lime Ranch Dip Recipe
It only takes a small handful of ingredients and a few minutes to whip up some creamy and delicious Avocado Lime Ranch Dip! Filled with cilantro, lime juice, and avocado, this ranch dip is perfect for dipping chips or topping Mexican dishes!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Guacamole Recipe
Spicy, Chunky Guacamole That You Won't Be Able To Stop Eating! Filled With Avocados, Spices, Onion, Tomatoes, Garlic, Cilantro And More - This Easy But Addicting Dip Is Sure To Be A Crowd Pleaser.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Cafe Rio Dressing Recipe
Copycat recipe for Cafe Rio's Ranch Dressing - we LOVE this stuff! It's made with cilantro, mayo, ranch seasoning, sour cream, & jalapenos!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Cream Cheese Bean Dip Recipe
This Cream Cheese Bean Dip recipe is our new favorite Mexican dip! With sour cream, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, refried beans, and salsa, it is the perfect dip to eat with chips, tacos, or any other Mexican dish! SOO good!!
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.92 from 37 votes
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Jalapeño Popper Dip Recipe
Jalapeño Popper Dip is packed with 4 kinds of cheese, just enough spicy Jalapeños to give it a kick, and a golden crispy topping. This dip is sure to be a hit at your next party!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Queso Blanco Recipe
The best and easiest queso blanco recipe out there. This delicious dip is made in no time, and will be the perfect addition at your next get together, especially served with tortilla chips and veggies.
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Don’t Forget the Salsa!

Can’t forget the best part – the salsa!! These are some of our go-to’s for any fiesta we have.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe
Black Bean and Corn Salsa - one of our favorite dips and appetizers. Everyone loves this salsa filled with tomatoes, avocados, corn and black beans!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Tomatillo Salsa Recipe
Simple, spicy, and delicious—this tomatillo salsa is great with tortilla chips or as a sauce on top of your favorite Mexican dishes!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Homemade Salsa Recipe
This is such an EASY homemade salsa recipe! All you have to do is throw diced tomatoes, rotel, cilantro, lime juice, onion powder, jalapeños, and cumin into your blender, and blend! It goes perfectly with tortilla chips, tacos, enchiladas, or any other Mexican food!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.97 from 26 votes
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Strawberry Salsa Recipe
You can't go a summer without eating this sweet and spicy strawberry salsa! The flavors are so unique. Grab some cinnamon and sugar chips or your favorite tortilla chips and dig in!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Mango Salsa Recipe
This sweet and savory Mango Salsa is perfect with chips or any Mexican meal. It's filled with sweet pineapple, cilantro, mangoes, onion, cilantro and jalapenos making it full of flavor and simple to make.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salsa Verde Recipe
Sweet Salsa Verde - a delicious salsa recipe that is sweet and takes just minutes to make. Ingredients include tomatillos, jalapenos, sugar, & cilantro.
Total Time: 6 minutes
4.94 from 16 votes
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Chili's Salsa Recipe
Chili's Copycat Salsa - takes just minutes to make! So easy and so yummy!!
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Side dishes are usually simple, and we think you’ll find these side recipes just that – easy and delicious for your next Mexican dinner!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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