17 Mexican Side Dishes

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Mexican food is a staple in ethnic cuisine. If you are serving Mexican food for dinner, you might wonder, what to serve as a side dish.

Mexican food is full of spices and flavors. Choosing the right-side dish will help to create a meal that is authentic and tasty.

These 17 Mexican side dishes are easy to make, delicious, and packed with so much flavor they are a perfect complement to your main course.


17 Mexican Side dishes

1. Honey Chipotle Grilled Corn

This grilled corn is the right blend of sweet and spicy. The golden honey intensifies the naturally semi-sweet flavor of the corn.

Remember to cook the corn in with the husks on for about 15 minutes, before removing the husks and continuing to cook.

Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn | The Marvelous Misadventures Of A Foodie (foodiemisadventures.com)

2. Refried Beans

Refried beans are rich and creamy, making them a must have side dish to serve with your Mexican dinner.

If you find that your refried beans are too dry, you can add more water to them while cooking to enhance moisture.

Easy Refried Beans – Isabel Eats {Easy Mexican Recipes}

3. Mexican Corn Salad

Mexican corn is nutritious and tasty making it a satisfying side dish to serve. The spice in the corn adds lots of flavor to your meal.

When removing the corn from the cob, it is best to use a small, serrated tomato knife. Make sure the knife is sharp, a dull knife will make cutting the corn difficult.

Mexican Corn Salad | Fresh Corn Salad Recipe | a farmgirl’s dabbles (afarmgirlsdabbles.com)

4. Mexican Rice

If you are looking to serve a side dish that is flavorful and easy to make, serve up some Mexican rice as your next side.

If you want to give your Mexican rice a kick, then add in a couple of Serrano peppers to the rice while it cooks.

Easy Authentic Mexican Rice – Tastes Better From Scratch

5. Mexican Shrimp Ceviche

This shrimp recipe is a great way to serve up some fresh seafood on Mexican night. This dish combines the right amount of spices and flavor.

Remember, when you make Ceviche, the shrimp is not cooked. Instead, place the raw shrimp in lemon juice and the acid from the juice cooks it.

The Best Ever Mexican-Style Shrimp Ceviche Recipe With Fresh Ingredients (mylatinatable.com)

6. Mexican fried Cauliflower

When looking to serve up a side dish that has a little crunch to it, then try cooking up some Mexican fried cauliflower.

This dish is simple to make. All you need are some eggs, vinegar, cauliflower, onion, oregano, cooking oil, tomato sauce, and salt and pepper.

Mexican Fried Cauliflower – Chef in Training (chef-in-training.com)

7. Grilled Eggplant

Grilled eggplants are low in calories and taste great. The mild earthy flavor of the eggplant makes them the perfect match for just about any meal.

Grilled eggplant is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. Also, the eggplants can be cooked in the oven or on a grill.

Easy Grilled Eggplant – Spend With Pennies

8. Mexican Coleslaw

If you are looking for a delicious side dish that will not disappoint your taste buds, then Mexican coleslaw is your top choice.

If you want to jazz up your coleslaw and add a little crunch at the same time, then try adding some tortilla strips to it.

Mexican Coleslaw Recipe (lemontreedwelling.com)

9. Mexican Quinoa Salad

I like to serve this salad when I want to try something healthy that also taste great. The black beans add lots of protein to your meal.

You can season your Mexican Quinoa salad with just about any seasonings you like. I prefer to keep it simple with just sea salt, lime juice and pepper.

Mexican Quinoa Salad – Green Healthy Cooking

10. Fried Ice-Cream

If you are wondering can ice cream be fried, the answer is yes. It seems impossible, but this delicious dessert does just that.

You can also make fried ice cream without frying it. Simply crush the corn flakes and heat them in butter. Once done, coat the ice cream and serve.

Fried Ice Cream (Cheater Method Without Deep Frying!) – Cooking Classy

11. Taco Salad

My favorite part about taco salad is the large chunks of tomato I like to add in. The flavorful taco salad makes a great match for Mexican food night.

To cut down on calories, I like to use ground turkey instead of ground beef. It cooks just the same without all the fat.

The BEST Taco Salad Recipe {Ready in Only 25 Minutes!} – Isabel Eats

12. Mexican Cornbread

Cornbread is already delicious but you can take your Mexican dinner to the next level with a serving of Mexican corn bread.

This corn bread is not that hard to make, you just need milk, eggs, green peppers, cheddar cheese, cream corn, chili peppers, flour and cornmeal.


13. Mexican zucchini

Mexican Zucchini is an awesome low calorie side dish that skips the fat but not the flavor. The earthy flavor of the zucchini pairs well with the seasonings.

If you would like to add in other vegetables to roast with your zucchini that is fine. You can use chickpeas, squash or any veggie you like.

Mexican Roasted Zucchini (bowlofdelicious.com)

14. Black Beans and Rice

Black beans and rice are a popular dish served in Mexican cuisine and for good reason. The seasoned beans taste great alongside the fluffy rice.

If you are not a fan of black beans, do not worry. You can substitute black beans for kidney or pinto beans without compromising favor.

30-Minute Black Beans and Rice | My Darling Vegan

15. Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

The Cajun spices mixed with the semi-sweet crab meat stuffed inside of a spicy jalapenos pepper makes this a tasty side that cannot be beat.

Canned crab meat does not pack as much flavor as fresh crab meat so use that as a last resort. For this recipe use Lump crab meat.

Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos – Spicy Southern Kitchen

16. Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido is simply melted cheese with other ingredients added in. If you are a fan of cheese, then this side is for you.

Chorizo can be tossed in to add a little more spice and flavor to the cheese sauce. Also, if you are looking for low fat, go with ground turkey.

Homemade Queso Fundido Recipe – Chef Billy Parisi

17. Mexican Corn Pudding

Mexican corn pudding takes your Mexican dinner to the next stage in great taste. The creaminess of the pudding goes well with any main course.

I like to use half and half instead of whole milk when I am making my corn pudding. Using half and half makes the pudding creamier.

Corn Pudding – Lemon Tree Dwelling

Wrap Up

These 17 Mexican side dishes are fun to make and to eat. They are versatile enough so that they go with just about any main course.

If you enjoy reading about these 17 savory Mexican side dishes, and would like to add a tip or suggestion, leave a comment below.

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