These Side Dishes for Tacos Are Ready For You to Build a Restaurant-Style Menu

Mexican Green Rice

White and red rice make terrific taco sides. We would select this colorful grain with garlic, onion, broth, spicy salsa verde, and fresh cilantro for a Tex-Mex meal.

Cuban-Style Orange-Scented Black Beans

Combining oranges, tomato paste, and garlic may seem unusual, but trust the process.and trust cookery author and bean specialist Joe Yonan. He graciously taught us this amazing pressure-cooked bean dish.

Lime Chicken Tortilla Soup

Making tacos and chicken soup from scratch on a weeknight might be difficult. However, BHG home chefs say this tortilla soup is “simple, fast and tasty.” The taco side dish may be made in 30 minutes using leftover or rotisserie chicken.

Edamame Quinoa Salad

This 6-ingredient, 30-minute quinoa meal may be a taco starch and veggie side dish. Edamame and maize provide substance, while fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice add flavor.

Avocado-Poblano Salsa

If you can't decide between guacamole and salsa but don't want to make two, try this colorful taco side dish. Smoky and delicious "sals-amole" is made with roasted and fresh bell peppers, sliced tomato, red onion, avocado, cilantro, and lime juice.

Guacamole-Stuffed Marinated Mushrooms

These mushroom packed recipes may resemble others. The stealthy sassy secret makes this one of our favorite taco side dish recipes to prepare ahead. Marinate each cap in a spice-spiked vinaigrette for 2–8 hours to boost taste and start the side/snack.


Make street food double-feature. In Oaxaca, "tetelas are sold by sidewalk vendors, food stands, and even restaurants," explains recipe inventor Mely Martinez. The triangle-shaped classic Mexican dish hides black bean mash behind its golden-brown corn masa surface.

Chunky Homemade Salsa

If you want to save time and effort, we think it's better to make salsa from scratch instead of buying it in a jar or tub that can be kept in the fridge. Additionally, this recipe is packed full of helpful hints for making a dip that tastes like the kind you get at places.