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.
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
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.
BreadJalapeño 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.
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!
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!!
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!
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.
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:
SaladSouthwest Salad Recipe
Simple and delicious Southwestern Chopped Salad filled with chicken, peppers, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and topped with a homemade cilantro ranch dressing.
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…
AppetizerChili 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.
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!
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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