Mexican Side Dish Recipes

Looking for authentic Mexican side dish recipes? Allrecipes has more than 140 trusted authentic Mexican side dish recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

Staff Picks

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

Rating: 4.67 stars
Roasted poblano peppers and sweet corn kernels simmered in a sauce made with cream and Mexican cheese. A deliciously easy Mexican staple.

Nopalitos Con Papas

Rating: 4.48 stars
An authentic Mexican dish; tender cactus with potatoes. Cactus tastes like cooked green beans.

Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

Rating: 4.66 stars
Authentic Mexican red rice. Easy to make! Use a different chile if you want milder or hotter rice.

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.

Chef John's Santa Maria-Style Beans

Rating: 4.64 stars
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.

Mexican Hot Carrots

Rating: 4.31 stars
I'm from Southern California. You can not find a restaurant that does not have these hot 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
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: 4.49 stars
Hot chiles and rich chocolate make this authentic mole sauce perfect for topping stewed meats or enchiladas.

Mexican Rice II

Rating: 4.49 stars
This is a wonderful side dish for any Mexican dinner.

Quick and Easy Refried Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars
When you don't have all day to make refried beans and you can't stand the canned ones, these are easy and delicious.

Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)

Rating: 4.69 stars
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Lime-Cilantro Rice

"This is a wonderful and simple recipe, with loads of flavour. Quick and easy to prepare." – Care&Dave

Pickled Jalapenos and Carrots

"Just like the carrots and jalapeños in Mexican restaurants!" – legofam2

'Calabacitas Guisada' (Stewed Mexican Zucchini)

Rating: 4.61 stars

Mexican zucchini rounds simmered in stewed tomatoes, onions, and garlic then loaded with mild cheddar cheese. One of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood.