12 Side Dishes to Round Out Taco Night
Few things in life are better than a taco bar. But a taco bar with loads of tasty side dishes is one of those things. Although you can't go wrong with the classic chips, salsa, and guacamole, there is a wide range of sides out there that will make your Taco Tuesday rival any restaurant's. We'll share some of our favorite side dishes for tacos along with ideas for taco pairings. Now all you need is a margarita.
This healthy coleslaw is great on the side or heaped on top of your taco. The cilantro and lime give a burst of fresh summer flavor, while the onions, carrots, and cabbage give this side a nice crunch. Add the jalapeño, and you have a dish that brings the heat. Pair this slaw with crunchy Baja-style fish tacos. "I love this...we eat it all the time now instead of lettuce on our tacos," says reviewer GINGERLY88.
Mexican Rice II
Frijoles de Olla
"This recipe was given to me by my aunt in Texas, where they like everything hot! Now, my family wants it for holidays, barbeques, or just by itself," says recipe creator KBALDRIDGE. Cheesy and buttery — this corn dish is more than meets the eye. It's packed with jalapeño peppers for an added kick. Serve with a mild lime chicken soft taco to balance out the heat.
Fresh Pineapple Salsa
Lime Cilantro Rice
This rice is oh so simple, yet delicious. If you're looking for something light to pair with heavy tacos, this recipe is the perfect pick. The cilantro and lime carry the flavor in this dish, without overpowering your tastebuds. All you need are some spicy turkey tacos for a dish that's bursting with flavor.
Spicy Tex-Mex Salad
This dish can act as both a side to pair with your tacos, or a meatless alternative for any of your guests. Pinto beans, black beans, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and corn chips are all tossed in Catalina salad dressing for the perfect side dish in five minutes or less. Try it with some green chile beef tacos. "This is an unusual salad that everyone in my office loves. I get requests for it time and time again," says recipe creator Taseia Armstrong.
Zesty Quinoa Salad
Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup
Refried Beans Without the Refry
D's Famous Salsa
"This is a Texas recipe I've developed and refined over many years. It's very fast, easy, and I usually have everything on hand. I often give it as gifts to my family back East," says recipe creator Denise Smith. Simply blend tomatoes, onion, garlic, lime juice, salt, green chiles, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. This is just what you need to round out your taco bar (well, that and some shredded chicken tacos).
Seven Layer Dip II
"We brought this for watching a football game and it was gone by the end. Very tasty (even when I substituted fat free sour cream), and simple to make," says reviewer doestreich. This dip layers refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, veggies, and cheese. It's like all your favorite foods in one side dish. Pair this side with a lighter taco, like Dave's Mexican veggie tacos.