17 Sides For Shrimp Tacos

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You can’t go wrong with tacos.  They’re one of the most popular foods and have become so ingrained in American popular culture that there’s even an unofficial day for them: Taco Tuesdays.

One of the more popular taco spin-offs is the shrimp taco.  Shrimp is considered healthier than the usual beef, but what do you serve with them?  Let’s take a look.

Tacos are usually served with dips, slaws, and salsas as sides.  Usually being the keyword, of course.  Here are seventeen delicious sides to go with your shrimp tacos.


17 Sides For Shrimp Tacos

1. Mango Salsa

Salsa is one of the best-known sides of tacos.  It can be served alongside the tacos, used as an improvised dip, and it’s easily made at home.

Mango salsa mixes sweet with spicy, using mangoes, jalapeño and bell peppers, onions, and lime juice.  This makes a colorful and delicious salsa to complement your tacos.


2. Cilantro Slaw

Cilantro slaw is not only an excellent choice for a taco side, but it also goes well on top of the tacos.  It comes in many varieties, including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

This savory dish is easy to make and can be made around a day or so in advance, although you probably shouldn’t wait for much longer than that before using it.  Bon Appetit!


3. Spanish Style Rice

Spanish style rice is traditionally rice sauteed in broth or water with tomatoes, or tomato sauce.  Add herbs and vegetables to the dish and you get a delicious companion for your tacos.

The rice is simple, but it has a blend of tastes that brings the meal together.  It’s a healthy, low-fat dish for your next dinner.


4. Vegetable Salad

If you want a salad that goes with almost everything, this is the best option.  What goes into a vegetable salad?  Well, there are thousands of different recipes and choices of vegetables.

Fresh vegetables bring a healthy crunch with them, especially if you put carrots or celery in.  They offer a tasty way to get your daily serving of vegetables.


5. Guacamole

Either a classic dip or a classic topping, no matter how you eat it, it’s still the best.  Guacamole is the most common use for avocados, but it also contains tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and peppers.

Guacamole is famous as a no-bake, quick-to-make recipe that’s ready in around fifteen minutes.  It will be a hit at any party, especially any taco party.


6. Corn Salad

Corn has long been a major staple of Mexican diets.  As a salad, corn is usually placed with red onions, olive oil, tomatoes, and other vegetables, depending on the recipe.

Like most salads, corn salad is easy to make and, in some cases, only needs some chopping and mixing before it’s all put together.  This makes an excellent salad that sets the stage for a summer meal.


7. Pico de Gallo

Another salsa recipe!  Pico de gallo is at its best when made fresh and chilled for a half-hour, but other than that it takes only a few minutes to prepare.  Did I mention it’s delicious?

Pico de gallo is also used as a sort of condiment for tacos, to spice it up a little.  Believe it or not, it’s actually a healthy side dish because it’s mostly made of vegetables.


8. Grilled Corn

Corn on the cob is great finger food, so if you have a grill, you might like this.  It only takes around ten minutes to cook, and it’s cheap if you get it at the right time.

You can also enhance the corn’s flavor by using toppings.  Butter is most common, but there’s also parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic, and chili powder.


9. Croquettes

Croquettes are various kinds of foods like ham or sliced potatoes covered in bread crumbs and shaped into a little ball or tube.  Essentially crab cakes or a cordon bleu.

Whatever the croquette is filled with, it’s traditionally fried.  From there, they can be served straight or with dip.  My favorite is a cheesy dip, which is a bit unhealthy, but it tastes great!


10. Black Bean Salsa

What can I say?  It’s perfect as a topping for your tacos.  Black beans meet corn, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, and spices.  Don’t forget the lime juice!

That’s just one recipe, though.  There are lots of other ways to make this dish, and most of them go from ingredients to table in under twenty minutes.


11. Frijoles Borrachos

Frijoles borrachos translates to “drunken beans.”  It got the name because the dish is traditionally made with beer, although some kinds of broth can be used as a substitute.

The dish is mainly made with pinto beans, onions, peppers, and bacon.  These ingredients are simmered in beer or broth to perfection and served hot off the stove.


12. Cilantro Lime Rice

Rice is a major staple grain with many nutrients.  It tastes great with most types of food, especially other vegetables, and meats, and that includes tacos.

Cilantro lime rice is a popular side dish that is served in Mexican restaurants.  It’s cheaper and easy to make at home, but you don’t have to take my word for it!


13. Queso Fundido

This dip, made from melted cheese, is a savory goo that is often compared to fondue.  It’s often combined with a Mexican sausage called chorizo.

Besides the sausage, queso fundido also has peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and bits of meat.  Some restaurants even serve it flambeed, but that’s probably going a bit too fancy.


14. Chicken Fajitas

Fajitas, if you don’t already know, are essentially grilled meat and/or vegetables cut into strips and wrapped up in a tortilla.  They’re not only a side dish, but a meal in their own right.

Chicken fajitas are easily cooked in under an hour.  They might take longer than some of the side dishes on this list, but they’re just as delicious, if not more.


15. Cauliflower Rice

Looking for a healthy, vegan-friendly side dish?  Here’s a good one!  Cauliflower rice isn’t really rice, but it is cauliflower shredded or finely chopped in a way that looks like rice.

Cauliflower rice is sauteed, with or without other ingredients added.  It takes around five minutes to cook and transform into a succulent dish that will have eaters asking for seconds.


16. Red Cabbage Slaw

Red cabbage is a colorful ingredient that is commonly used in coleslaw.  It also has more vitamins than green cabbage, but don’t eat too much!

This is a no-cook recipe that can be made in advance.  There are vegan-friendly, no-mayonnaise versions, too!  Why not try making this slaw for your next taco party?


17. Jicama Slaw

Jicama is a Mexican root that’s a little bit like a potato.  It’s used in Mexican and Asian cuisine and is high on carbs and low on fat.

Jicama slaw doesn’t have too many ingredients.  Peppers, onions, some recipes like to add an apple for a blend in tastes.  The recipe tastes wonderful on top of your tacos.


Wrap Up

When making shrimp tacos, make sure that none of your guests is allergic to seafood before you serve anything.  It’s a small step, but a necessary one.

Tacos are great for any occasion: game night, party night, family bonding time, and of course, Taco Tuesday.  You could call them the ultimate conversation starter.

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