Mexican Side Dish Recipes

Create authentic Mexican side dishes for your taco Tuesdays, including cilantro rice, beans, nopales, and refried beans.

Community Picks

Mexican Rice II

Rating: 4.5 stars 3171
Rice is cooked with cumin and onion, then simmered with tomato sauce and chicken broth for this restaraunt-inspired Mexican rice recipe.

Rajas con Crema, Elote, y Queso (Creamy Poblano Peppers and Sweet Corn)

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
Roasted poblano peppers and sweet corn kernels simmered in a sauce made with cream and Mexican cheese. A deliciously easy Mexican staple.
By Allrecipes Member

Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

Rating: 4.5 stars 80
Authentic Mexican red rice. Easy to make! Use a different chile if you want milder or hotter rice.

Chef John's Santa Maria-Style Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 33
Classic Santa Maria-style beans are made with a special variety of pink beans called pinquitos. These 'little pink' beans are prepared in a spicy, smoky, tomato/chili sauce that's spiked with not one, but two kinds of pork. Santa Maria beans have come into my life relatively late, so I plan on making up for lost time this barbecue season.

Green Rice (Arroz Verde)

Green rice (arroz verde) is one of my favorite side dishes. You can add chiles and other spices but my favorite is the plain version just with cilantro. I cook the rice in water but you can also use chicken broth.

Mexican Hot Carrots

Rating: 4.5 stars 34
I'm from Southern California. You can not find a restaurant that does not have these hot Mexican carrots. Being on the East Coast now, I have had to come up with my own version to duplicate the hot carrots of home.

Creamy Refried Black Beans

Rating: 4 stars 1
Delicious black beans pureed and combined with chorizo, onions, and a hint of garlic. Perfect as an enchilada filler or as a side dish.

Authentic Mole Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 78
Authentic mole sauce made with hot chiles, spices, and rich chocolate.

Nopalitos Con Papas

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
An authentic Mexican dish; tender cactus with potatoes. Cactus tastes like cooked green beans.
By Arianna

Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)

Rating: 4.5 stars 371
My Mexican friend gave me this recipe for corn on the cob. Street vendors there sell their corn made this way. Cotija cheese can be found in most grocery stores.

Mexican Bean Salad

Rating: 5 stars 2743
A delicious, colorful three-bean salad with south-of-the-border flavor.
By Allrecipes Member

Inspiration and Ideas

Quick and Easy Refried Beans
Rating: Unrated 333
A 20-minute refried beans recipe for busy evenings. Hello, Taco Tuesday!
Pinto Beans With Mexican-Style Seasonings
Rating: Unrated 191
Start with dry beans for this delicious, slow-simmered side or main.
Elote Salad
Rating: 4.5 stars 7

A nice way to have elote without having to eat it straight off the husk.