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What To Serve With Birria Tacos – 11 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your birria tacos, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for birria tacos.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with birria tacos are birria consome, refried beans, Mexican street corn, cilantro-lime rice, creamy Mexican coleslaw, and red pepper taquitos. Try tropical guacamole, mango pico de gallo, or cucumber tomato avocado salad for a more refreshing side.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Birria consome

There is no magic in food without sauce. Right?

Birria tacos served without their consome for dipping aren’t really birria tacos at all. 

It’s sweet, smoky, spicy, and oh-so flavorful. The whole thing might get a bit messy, but it’s totally worth it. 
Just make sure you serve enough of the birria consome – you don’t want to run out!

Cilantro lime rice


Rice is the epitome of a pantry staple.

It’s basic and easy to prepare, and with a splash of lime it’s the perfect addition to any Mexican menu.

Stir in some cilantro and garlic, and you have a side that’s falvorfull enough to be noticed next to the birria tacos. 

Sounds exciting?
Grab a bag of rice and make this fresh, zesty cilantro lime rice for your next Taco dinner.

Mexican street corn

Are you looking for a fun side for your birria tacos?

Nothing beats grilled Mexican street corn.

Fondly known as elote, this street corn is an ultimate must-have for any backyard bbq.

The corn is drizzled with sour cream, lots of cheese, and some chili powder. And yes, it’s just as messy as birria tacos to eat, so provide napkins. 

Trust me, you’ll want to eat this flavor-packed Mexican street corn every single day.

Tomatillo salsa verde

Do you feel like your birria tacos need a little extra zing?

Serve some tomatillo salsa verde on the side.

It’s fresh, tangy, and has a subtle fieriness that complements the deep, meaty flavors of birria tacos.

Plus, it’s easy to make and only calls for a few ingredients.

Serve tomatillo salsa verde as a dipping sauce or as a dressing. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit.

Spicy refried beans and tortilla chips

You could cheat and use refried beans from a can, but that would be doing a disservice to your birira tacos. 

Homemade is always best, and your tacos deserve the best.

These refried beans will be warm, filling, and a little bit spicy – perfect for scooping up with some crunchy tortilla chips (or your tacos). 

Follow this recipe for the BEST refried beans you’ve ever tasted.

Tropical guacamole

Is it possible to eat tacos without guacamole on the side? I don’t think so.

But guacamole doesn’t have to be boring. 

Jazz up your plain guacamole into something tropical by mixing in some fresh pineapple and sweet mango. It’s a refreshing side for your utterly rich birria tacos.

Perfect for a summer party, this tropical guacamole is a must-try. (you’ll never want plain guacamole again!)

Red pepper taquitos

Red pepper taquitos are a sneaky way to get some vegetables on the plate without anyone noticing. 

They’re filled with red pepper (obviosuly) and lentils but still have a rich, smokey flavor. 

And they’re a great finger food, so your guests can grab as many pieces as they want. 

But I do have to warn you – these taquitos will run out fast. They’re a total crowd-pleaser!

Ready to swoon over these crispy, slightly spicy taquitos? Get the recipe from AllTypesofBowls.

Mango pico de gallo

If you want something sweet to pair with your birria tacos, why not try mango pico de gallo?

Sweet and savoury is always a good match. 

Plus the mango go really well with the acidity of the lime and the onions in the salsa. 

Need more persuading? The vibrant pico de gallo will look amazing in your table, and it’s a total cinch to make.

Head over to Fat Girl Hedonist for a no-fuss recipe.

Pickled onions

I always like to have a jar of pickled onions in my fridge. 

It is my go-to side dish when everything seems hectic in the kitchen.

It adds a bright zing to any meal, and will cut through the richness of the birria taco filling nicely. 

Keep this simple yet delicious pickled onion recipe on hand at all times!

Creamy Mexican coleslaw

If you want a fresh side that also seems indulgent, coleslaw is the way to go.

The crunchy cabbage and carrots will add some much needed texture to to your meal, and the creamy dressing will help calm down any heat. 

This creamy Mexican coleslaw also contains cumin for a unique flavor boost. What else could you ask for?

Cucumber tomato avocado salad

Cucumber tomato salad is a deliciously refreshing classic.

But you know what makes it better? The addition of avocado.

The buttery and slightly nutty avocado will add a soft bite to the crunchy cucumber and tomatoes, and make sure the salad is filling enough.

This cucumber tomato avocado salad will be on repeat in your summer menu.

The best side dishes for birria tacos

  • Birria consome
  • Cilantro lime rice
  • Mexican street corn
  • Tomatillo salsa verde
  • Spicy refried beans and tortilla chips
  • Tropical guacamole
  • Red pepper taquitos
  • Mango pico de gallo
  • Pickled onions
  • Creamy Mexican coleslaw
  • Cucumber tomato avocado salad

What To Serve With Birria Tacos

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your birria tacos.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: birria tacos side dishes, what to serve with birria tacos
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 189kcal


  • 1 portion birria tacos


  • Prepare your birria tacos according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it!
  • Side dishes include: birria consome, cilantro lime rice, mexican street corn, tomatillo salsa verde, spicy refried beans and tortilla chips, tropical guacamole, red pepper taquitos, mango pico de gallo, pickled onions, creamy mexican coleslaw, and cucumber tomato avocado salad.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 189kcal

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