What to Serve With Quesadillas

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Foodies from all around the world enjoy quesadillas. If you are thinking about having quesadillas at mealtime, you might be wondering what to serve as a side dish.

A popular Mexican dish, quesadillas are known for their flavorful cheeses and delicious ingredients. Whether you serve them with meat or not, quesadillas are an authentic classic.

These delectable side dishes will turn your quesadillas from ordinary to extraordinary. Serve these sides individually or combine them for a balanced meal.


17 Side Dishes to Serve with Quesadillas

1. Nachos

Crispy and loaded with flavor nachos makes an appetizing side dish to serve with quesadillas because of its authentic Mexican taste.

Nachos can be loaded with just about any topping you like. To add in some meat, I like to top my nachos with ground beef.

2. Refried Beans

This protein-rich food is packed with nutrients and flavor. The earthy taste of the beans compliments the flavorful cheese of the quesadillas well.

Cooking your refried beans in the slow cooker is the best way to cook them because it cuts down on the amount of cooking time needed.

3. Spanish Rice

Want to spice up quesadillas night? Then serve up a helping of Spanish rice, the delicious spices are the perfect accompaniment for quesadillas.

Although Spanish rice can be made from a box, I prefer to make it myself from scratch. I also like to cut up a fresh tomato and toss it in my rice.

4. Burritos

Quesadillas are not the same without a big juicy burrito on the side. The moist beans in the burrito are a compliment to the flaky quesadilla shell.

Just about any meat can be added to a burrito to beef it up. I like to skip the beans and add a little ground beef and salsa sauce.

5. Mexican Slaw

If you are looking for a spicy meal with a lot of flavor and zest then go with a portion of Mexican slaw. The tangy slaw offsets the mild-flavored quesadillas.

Mexican slaw is easy to make. All you need is cabbage, carrot, red onion, cilantro, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cumin seed, ground cumin, salt, and pepper.

6. Twice Baked Potatoes

Potatoes lovers are going to love these soft, creamy, twice-baked potatoes. Delicious, and moist, these spuds are sure to please your taste buds.

To take my twice-baked potatoes to another level, I like to sprinkle some bits of bacon on top. Turkey bacon can be used as well.

7. Mexica Street Corn

Quesadillas night is a true party with a side of Mexican street corn. The zesty corn is a must-have next to your quesadillas.

Traditional Mexican corn tastes amazing, but I like to spice up my Elote (Mexican Corn) with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

8. Fried Shrimp Tacos


Shrimp tacos take tacos to a whole new level. The crispy shrimp goes well with the flaky quesadillas shell and the soft cheese.

To spice up your tacos and add a burst of flavor, try Cajun or blackened shrimp. Fish, such as tilapia, can also be added.

9. Taco Salad

In the mood for a taco, but want to skip the tortilla shell? Then try a taco salad as a side dish. The tortilla chips add just the right amount of crunch.

If you want to cut down on calories, then use ground turkey instead of ground beef. Also, low-fat sour cream can be used.

10. Brown Rice and Black Bean Casserole

If you love beans and rice then this casserole is for you. The rich black beans and grainy rice are a perfect match for the cheesy quesadillas.

Chicken is added to this recipe for a burst of flavor and protein. Also, zucchini can be added as a healthy way to boost flavor.

11. Guacamole

Guacamole has a taste like no other. Thick and creamy it makes the perfect dip to serve with your quesadillas.

For a zestier taste and a little more smoothness, add in a little bit of mayonnaise to your guacamole. Tomatoes can also be added for a flavor boost.

12. Churros

Looking for something sweet to serve with your quesadillas, go ahead and whip up a batch of churros. These fried fritters are sure to please your taste buds

When I make my churros I like to use only one egg. This way the churros still have some rise to them and the flavor is enriched.

13. Tamales

A traditional Mexican dish to serve at Christmas time, tamales is the perfect match for quesadillas. Soft, and moist, they go perfect with the flaky quesadilla.

I like to fill my tamales with either beef or chicken for a hearty meal. Although different cheeses can be used, cheddar is my favorite.

14. Barbacoa

Meats cooked in the traditional Barbacoa style taste like no other. Juicy and tender Barbacoa is a grand slam for quesadillas.

Barbacoa can be served on the side or stuffed inside your quesadillas for a deliciously hearty meal. Marinate your meat before cooking for more flavors.

15. Pico De Galo

If you enjoy the tart taste of tomatoes then Pico de Gallo is for you. This sauce mimics salsa, but is drier and has chunks of veggies.

If I’m using store-bought Pico De Gallo, I like to squeeze lemon or lime juice over my Pico for an intense increase in flavor.

16. Fried Ice-cream

If you are looking for a sweet treat that is both hot and cold, serve up a scoop of fried ice cream. The outer shell adds a sweet crunch.

Go ahead and dress up your fried ice cream with a little bit of caramel. I like to drizzle a little chocolate syrup over my fried ice cream.

17. French Fries

French fries are the ultimate finger food and they are super easy to make. If you don’t feel like peeling potatoes, frozen fries taste just as great.

French fries are crispy and delicious on their own, but I like to spice up my fries by topping them with cheese and a little bacon.

Wrap Up

So here are 17 enjoyable side dishes to compliment your quesadillas. Not sure which one to try, no problem, you can try them all.

If you enjoy quesadillas and have any tips or suggestions you would like to share about this scrumptious ethnic food, leave a comment below.

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