If you’re wondering what to serve with your burrito, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for burritos.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with burritos are calabacitas, esquites, roasted mango habanero salsa, drunken beans, grilled guacamole, and slaw. For something super traditional, try a Mexican cactus salad. For lighter options, go with pickled jalapenos or a Mexican chopped salad.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Give your burritos a delicious and nourishing boost with a serving of calabacitas on the side.
This classic Mexican dish features a summery medley of zucchini, corn, yellow squash, peppers, and tomatoes.
But what makes this dish really stand out is its luscious cheese sauce that’ll make you want to lick the plate clean.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great way to get picky eaters to eat their veg.
Homemade baked tortilla chips and salsa
Tortilla chips are a quintessential accompaniment to any Mexican dish.
You can easily buy them at your local grocery store, but if you have 30 minutes to spare, why not try making them from scratch?
These baked tortilla chips involve minimal preparation, and you can season them with whatever you want.
Serve them with a tasty salsa (see recipe below) to complete the meal.
Why we love this recipe: they’re easy to make and far healthier than shop bought chips.
Esquites (Mexican street corn cups)
Elotes are a classic Mexican dish made of corn cobs covered in a spicy lime crema.
But they have one major downside. They’re so messy to eat!
Imagine getting all the goodness from traditional elotes in one convenient, easy-to-carry cup… that’s where esquites come in.
Why we love this recipe: it takes 15 minutes to put together.
Make it hearty
Black bean and corn salad with jalapeno lime dressing
Stick with the basics
Roasted mango habanero salsa
This mango habanero salsa is fast becoming my go-to condiment.
The extra step of roasting the habaneros and tomatoes brings an earthy, complex flavor that pairs superbly with the caramelized mangos.
Slather this vibrantly colored sauce on your burritos to add a sweet, zingy bite that’ll make your taste buds tingle.
Why we love this recipe: it’s far superior to store-bought salsas.
Tater tots may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of burritos, but don’t knock it until you try it.
You can stuff these crisp potato bites into a breakfast burrito…
Transform them into an even more indulgent version of nachos called totchos…
Or use them to scoop up any filling that oozes out of your burrito.
Why we love this recipe: it will transport you straight back to your childhood.
Everyone has their own version of guacamole, but this recipe is a must try!
Grilling the avocados might sound like a hassle, but the resultant smoky twist is well worth it.
You can enjoy the guac immediately, but I prefer to let it chill before serving.
Use it to line the inside of your burrito or enjoy it as a dip on the side.
Why we love this recipe: this unique approach to a classic will leave your guests raving.
If you’ve never tried drunken beans, you’re missing out!
True to its name, this dish calls for a dark Mexican beer, but don’t worry – the alcohol cooks off, leaving behind a deep, savory flavor you can’t achieve by just using stock.
Create the ultimate comfort meal with a warm burrito and a piping hot serving of these beer-infused beans.
Why we love this recipe: you can have a family-sized serving ready in just 30 minutes.
Green apple jicama slaw
A fully loaded burrito is just calling out for a light side dish like this slaw.
The jicama and apple matchsticks offer a satisfyingly crunchy bite to contrast your burritos’ soft textures.
And the cilantro and mint vinaigrette will provide a refreshing, but peppery bite to cut through the richness of your burrito.
Why we love this recipe: it’s healthier than your usual creamy slaws.
Sweet potato hash
Burritos aren’t just for dinner.
Start your weekend on the right note with a breakfast burrito and a side of sweet potato hash.
This recipe combines crispy sweet potatoes with caramelized garlic and onion, resulting in a mouth-watering dish packed with flavor.
And the best part? The oven does most of the cooking for you.
Why we love this recipe: you only need a handful of simple ingredients but you wouldn’t know it when you taste it.
Sweet potato hash
Add leafy greens
Sheet pan black bean, potato, and kale breakfast hash
Make it Spanish-inspired
Mexican cactus salad
Want something a bit different with your burritos?
Try going traditional with this cactus salad.
The recipe’s centerpiece are nopales which, for those who don’t know, are a type of cactus native to Mexico and a typical accompaniment to many local dishes.
What does the cactus taste like? Think green vegetables, but with a slight citrus undertone.
Why we love this recipe: it adds a unique yet traditional flavor to your feast.
Stuffed padron peppers
Padron peppers are perfect for stuffing and are often found on Tapas menus around Spain.
They’re not spicy but, instead, have an earthy sweetness that pairs brilliantly with this recipe’s three-cheese stuffing.
Psst.. I know I said they aren’t spicy, but there’s always one in every batch thst randomly packs a punch, so watch out!
Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun dish to make and serve when hosting friends.
Mexican chopped salad
This Mexican chopped salad isn’t just for burritos – it’s great with any meal.
Aside from the chopped lettuce, it’s loaded with classic Mexican ingredients like avocados, tomatoes, and corn.
But what makes this salad extra special is its sweet and tangy honey lime dressing that ties everything together.
Why we love this recipe: it’s delicious, healthy and easily customizable.
Poblano pepper soup
There’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of soup on a cold day.
This recipe calls for ten poblano peppers, which sounds like a lot but these peppers are smoky rather than spicy.
Once blended, this cheesy soup is so creamy you won’t be able to resist dipping your burrito in it.
Why we love this recipe: everyone always begs for second helpings.
I always have a jar of these quick pickled jalapenos in my fridge.
They add a tanginess and a pinch of heat to any meal – the perfect palate cleanser for a rich and meaty burrito.
And the best part? Making these is such a breeze you’ll have no problem doing it every week.
Why we love this recipe: you can get so much use out of a single batch.
Tajin watermelon mint salad
This is by no means a traditional side dish, but trust me – you won’t regret trying it!
The highlight of this dish is the tajin seasoning.
It’s a popular Mexican blend made of mildly spicy dried chili and lime that perfectly contrasts with the sweet watermelon. But if you can’t find it, don’t worry there are lots of tajin seasoning substitute options.
This recipe also calls for mint leaves, which have a subtle cooling effect on the heat from the tajin.
Why we love this recipe: it’s ideal for summer cookouts.
The best side dishes to serve with burritos
- Homemade baked tortilla chips and salsa
- Esquites (Mexican street corn cups)
- Roasted mango habanero salsa
- Tater tots
- Grilled guacamole
- Drunken beans
- Green apple jicama slaw
- Sweet potato hash
- Mexican cactus salad
- Stuffed padron peppers
- Mexican chopped salad
- Poblano pepper soup
- Pickled jalapenos
- Tajin watermelon mint salad
What To Serve With Burritos
- 1 portion burrito
- Prepare your burritos according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: calabacitas, homemade baked tortilla chips and salsa, esquites (mexican street corn cups), roasted mango habanero salsa, tater tots, grilled guacamole, drunken beans, green apple jicama slaw, sweet potato hash, mexican cactus salad, stuffed padron peppers, mexican chopped salad, poblano pepper soup, pickled jalapenos, and tajin watermelon mint salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!